Brewed by Derby
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Derby, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Cask; Core range;
Complex and well rounded with extraordinary fruit and citrus flavours. Award - SIBA Midlands Gold award winner in premium bitters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (2768) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle 0.5l at home (via alesbymail). BBE APR 14. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, bitterness, some sweetness and malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5187) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
Gravity, Dover Beer fest 2010. A strong pale ale with a traditional integrated English hop rub. Decent enough but not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle at 5%. Golden with a thin white head. Aromas are toasted malts with lemon and lime. Cereal with light nuttiness and hints of tinned pineapple juice. Flavours are toasted lager malts with crisp lemon and bitter lemon. Yeasty and grassy with low pine and grapefruit. Some sweet tropical fruit. A decent hoppy brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Cask @ The Great Western during the RB Black Country Bash. The pour’s gold with a small head. The nose is peach, pear. Nice summery fruits. A bit of honeyed grass. Countryside. The taste is honey. Mild lemony hop bitterness. More pear. Pale malt. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, quite pleasant. An easy, summery beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
On tap at the brewpub
This was a passable beer but ultimately nothing more than a distraction. I was just waiting to pass some time before the beer festival opened down the street. Based on this, and one other sample, I probably will not be returning any time soon to get more ticks at the Brewery Tap.

Aroma / Appearance - A golden transparent base is coppery and flat (as almost all cask ales are). Caramel syrup, Twix, and light malts give it some character. Overall though it is just another ESB from a hand pump.

Flavor / Palate - Honey, melons, and a bittersweet tang wrap around the tongue. A burst of orange peels carries into the mild bitter finish. This then dissipates with seconds. It is a good session beer but much like too many other cask ales suffers from the curse of "real ale." It’s worth a tick but not much more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
6th July 2013
Black Country Beano. Cask in the Great Western. Clear bright gold beer, tiny white head. Light palate, airy. Fine carbonation. Good orange peel hops over light mellow malt. Light finish. Very good marmalade here! Tastes like a Golden. Looks like too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8100) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2013
Cask at the Great Western, Wolvo, on the Rate Beer Black Country Bash, 06/07/13. Clear golden with a thin off white head. Nose is citrus, grpaefruit, hops, orange, caramel. Taste comprises bready malts, orange pith, light hops, mineral notes, biscuity. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitterness in the finish. Decent hopped up ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10124) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Cask conditioned at The Great Western Arms, Wolverhampton. Gold with white head. Quite a big beer for so early in the day, but this had a flowery, fruity character, some peachiness, some sweetish mango then a noticeable alcohol kick. Decent enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1370) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012
On cask at Three Tuns, Dronfield - a hazy golden pour with a white head, the haze taking some time to clear. The nose is grapefruit, and very strong tropical fruits, the taste is almost floral, with a heavy bite of kumquat. Not too gassy, not too oily. Refreshing, but strong. Not a session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogbomb (938) - ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
Cask. Slightly hazy gold with a healthy white head. Nose is spicy - zests and mango - roses. Tropical taste - mango, malt biscuit, hoppy hoppy hoppy. Finish is bitter and full. Lush.

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