Brewed by Frog Island
Style: Bitter
Northampton, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular.
A 3.8% pale brown, easy drinking beer. English Maris Otter pale malt, crystal malt and wheat malt contributes to a malty aroma with a hint of caramel. The initial roasted malt flavour is balanced by the bitterness and hop character of English Target and Fuggles hops, which linger into the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (18082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 Brown coloured ale, Big fruit with a pleasant malt finish and little dryness in linger ... bit musty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8540) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
Cask at the Boat Inn, Stoke Breune, Northants. Tasty and refreshing fruity beer, nice bite to it, citrusy flavours and long lasting bittereness in this pale brown session bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (3838) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUN 18, 2006
NOt so bitter, a little dark, and interesting in aroma, very hoppy in that. And nice and bubbling foam, like an old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (11662) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2006
Cask conditioned at Banbury Beer Festival 06. Amber beer with Pale head. Good easy drinking session bitter, fruitiness in the malt with hints of gooseberry and a restrained hoppy finish giving a floral character. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (30943) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2006
[Cask at Volunteers Arms, GBBF 2005] A hazy amber beer with a nice orange head. The aroma is slightly hoppy, but also like walking into a grossery store. The flavor is a dry roasted caramel, leading to a bitter hoppy end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham 02/04/2005 Golden amber coloured fruity and hoppy. Floral aroma. Some bitterness and dryness in a malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2005
Cask Conditioned, at the Wenlock Arms, London.
Amber body, clear with a nice frothy white head. Biscuity malts are well rounded and fill the palate out well. Good solid bitter backbone and a punch that is well above its 3.8% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 Cask conditioned - handpump - Malt Shovel Northampton. Copper coloured bitter with lots of small bubbles in the head and very little aroma of note. The flavour is reasonably hoppy and long. Not a bad beer at all. (5,3,6,4,13)(3.1)

Re-rateMalt Shovel again . Still hoppy for its weight,perhaps more so and those hops have an orangey sharp feel to them. The aroma is still inferior to the taste, but there’s nothing nasty in the nose. (6,3,8,3,14)(3.4)
Subsequent ratings scored 3.1, 2.9 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2003
Pale brown session bitter. Dispensed slightly hazy. Fruity, with hints of malt and sweetish undertones. Finishes sweet and hoppy with a little bitterness (but not enough in my view). Seemed rather unbalanced to me - perhaps not in peak condition. Handpump, Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne, November 2003.

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