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Formerly brewed at Grand Union
Style: Bitter
Hayes, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Has also been available bottled.
A fine full-flavoured and nicely hopped traditional ale for the connoisseur.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14009) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2008
Cask conditioned handpull at The Knights Templar, JDW, Chancery Lane. Pale chestnut colour with lasting beige head. Looks in cracking condition. Crystal clear, lively head. Like all Grand Union beers, it’s solid. I will miss this brewery when it goes in the next week or so. Not sure if anyone will buy the brand and recipes, but the brew kit is going up north to the Wirral apparently. Hoppy aroma with some toffee/candy sugar. Absolutely fine in mouth, good sherberty hop finish. Toffee/nutty, good balance of ingredients. Solid

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9463) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2007
Cask (The Met, London) Peach and grapefruit aroma. Sweet malt and fruity taste. Malty middle, and hoppy hints, and a pleasant long grapefruity finish - hints of burntness too there which surprised. Another beer not ruined by Wetherspoons, this is amazing!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2006
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker St. JDW. Hoppy and citric. Pleasantly aromatic. Bit of malty balance. Obviously not a bad quality drink but it just doesn’t do anything for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Great Western Hotel, Exeter 24/11/2002 Golden coloured with some citrus fruit aroma. Slightly dry malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5248) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2006
<a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/15/153 Chancery Lane Gently sweet with a pleasant fragrant hop. A nice beer. The current Grand Union brewery team are putting together some good recipes and delivering quality ales.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2005
Cask@Crosse Keys, Central London. A bitter, but slightly more flavour to it. Some caramely toasty malt, with some nice slightly flowery hop characters. Earthy mouthfeel. Pretty decent stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2004
Grand Union’s brews are certainly going up in my estimation. The first few I tried were in questionable condition at beer festivals. The last two have been in tip top condition at a pub. And they’ve been a revelation. Just a shame that they’re not easy to find on a regular basis in London pubs. The Special was a very handsome copper coloured beer. Well hopped, with floral notes in the aroma - perhaps some US influence? Hoppy flavour, with some underlying malt backbone. A good, dry best bitter with plenty of bitter grip and aromatic hops. Cask (handpump) at the Speaker, Westminster, London SW1.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rauchbier (3626) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2003
Bottled. Amber, thin white head and moderate condition. Low aromas of hop and toffee. Watery and bland in the mouth with some hop and malt. Aftertaste has some hoppiness and threatens to turn smokey but fails to deliver.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8245) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2002
At first the mouthfeel is quite thin but the hoppy dryness redeems this beer. Not quite as good as Grand Union Best.


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