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Hampshire Ironside

Formerly brewed at Hampshire
Style: Bitter
Romsey, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
A distinctive hop aroma draws you into this amber coloured bitter. The palate has a mineral dryness which accentuates the crisp hop flavour and clean bitter finish. Styrian Goldings, often used for dry hopping, are in this case used as a late hop addition during boiling, leading to a rich floral aroma and complex, integrated hop character.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt, crystal malt. Progress, Goldings and Styrian Goldings hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tombyars (1604) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2012
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in June 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear reddish amber in colour with a thick white head. Slight malt note in the short aroma. Thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt gives a digestive biscuit note with boiled redcurrant jam in the mouth. Strong metallic tang of bitter hop resins impart a dry note to the aftertaste. Finish is slightly malty with tart redcurrant fruit present in the mouth. An ok session bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22460) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2009
April 2008 Amber beer. Light palate. Hoppy and a little bit fruity. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (9164) - Down South, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2009
bottle, bought at a shop in Winchester. Hazy amber colour, large and persistent off-white head. Fruity nose. Light-bodied but full-flavoured. Slightly malty with hints of caramel and some very nice hoppy flavours to round it off.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobinlondon (1292) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2008
Handpulled cask at Crosse Keys(JDW) Monument, London, during recent International beer fest. Orange with a good lasting white head, in very lively condition. Good body and well balanced with juicy malts and citric hop notes. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2008
[on cask at Nag’s Head, Reading] Deep amber/orange with a slight but lasting white head. Surprisingly rich - flavours are malt, leaves, some earthiness, a bit of sweet rhubarb crumble and maybe a hint of honey leaving a rather sweet, almost sticky palatte - there’s not a lot of bitterness here. The stickiness made it taste like a stronger beer than its ABV suggested - in fact, reminded me a little of Fullers ESB. Not bad at all for a bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle 500ml from Tesco’s, New Milton. Bottle conditioned. Pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a small white head. Not a heavy aroma, but what there was was a kind of fruity/hoppy. Medium bodied; quite bitter in taste, with some fruits coming through as well. The bitterness lingers on for a while – can’t say I particularly noticed the dryness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (14127) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2008
Cask (Market Porter, London)
Another traditional English bitter. Decent malty body, and reasonable noble hop component.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2008 Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Amber color with a small head. Aroma: Fruity and sweet, a bit of citrus and flowers. Flavor: Sweet malt, fruit, banana, citrus and floral hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Crosse Keys (JDW), City of London 3/4/08. Pale amber with a moderate white head. Aroma of strawberries, apricots and floral hops. Flavour had some sweet malt, plenty of fruit and A citrus hop finish. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mountainforest (131) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Fun to try it at the Standing Order (Edinburgh) during their Ale Festival - cheap. What a deal. A bitter, but not too bitter at all. Easy to drink. Can see how it won an award.

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