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


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular.
A 4.2% copper-coloured beer with an aroma of roasted malt and a hint of passion fruit. The use of English Marris Otter pale malt, crystal malt and wheat malt produces a full-bodied, malty flavour which is enhanced by the citrus notes of American Cascade hops. The bitterness of English Target hops fades with the maltiness to result in a dry, nutty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4640) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2007
Cask@Burton 12th Winter Beer Festival. Amber beer with a toffee and dry aroma and a dry caramel flavour. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 Cask conditioned - handpump - Coach and Horses Wellingboro. A cooper coloured beer with a creamy white head. The aroma is hoppy and fruity and is quite pleasing. The taste is also hoppy and bitter. Obvious cascade but not particularly well balanced with the rest of the beer and starts to taste harsh. Sharp.Score 3.2
Subsequent ratings scored 3.6, 2.3, 3.3, 3.1 and 3.2. Average becomes 3.1

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2006
Cask at Bedford BF ’06. Amber beer with a hoppy aroma. Quite a nice fruity-smokey taste, though not much bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
Cask@GBBF06’. Quite malty to start, with some caramel, nutty, grainy malt characters. Some subtle aromatic hops in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (17284) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2006
Cask at GBBF 06. Deep copper colour, no head. Farty yeast aroma. No great aroma, some caramel/butterscotch malt in mouth and then not much hop. Dull bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2006
[Cask at GBBF] Clear amber. Soft and pleasant in the mouth,but the hops are too restrained and the caramelly malt is kind of bleak. Mild and medium bodied, but not really outstanding in any way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13234) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2006
Cask conditioned at Banbury Beer Festival 06. Orange brown beer with light head. A big dose of caramel is the first reaction to this beer and the palate never really recovers, if you search you can find bitter fruitiness with a smattering of nut kernal, but the whole effect seems to be out of balance. And Shoemaker? Presumably because Northampton was the cobbling centre of Britain and remains the home of Doc Martin Boots for now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham 02/04/2005 Amber colour hoppy and floral. Slightly dry nutty lasting finish with some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
Hand pulled at the Wellington, Birmingham. Ruddy brown Bitter, with a nice dose of fluff. A strong flavour is deposited all across the mouth by this fella. Burnt caramel in the main, retaining both hard charcoal aggression and some prickled sweetness. Good balance. Big, tasty dry finishing. A powerful and rich beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9851) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2004
Light caramel in colour. Aromas are spicy hops, sulphur and caramel. Flavours are initially smooth and buttery, then oranges and lemons with spices and bitter hops to finish. Not bad.

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