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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2004
Hand pumped at 2004 GBBF. Winner Best Bitter category at CAMRA 2004 awards. Pumped a clear chestnut with creamy white head & good lacing. Citrus aroma under-pinned with fruity esters. The flavour is a juicy maltiness middle with spicy hop notes. Quite rounded on the palate with a long bitter finish. A lovely refreshing ale & a close contender for the Champion Beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2003
Copper coloured. Very dry and hoppy. Rather austere. Some (but not me) might find it a little sharp. A lot of bitterness and no more than a hint of malt on the palate. Just as I like it. Finishes clean and dry. A very well made best bitter. Handpump, The Speaker, London SW1, July 2003

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2004
Cask conditioned - Racehorse Northampton. A hazy golden coloured beer with a good hoppy aroma. The taste is sharp and lemony. Good tasty, hoppy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2004
Cask conditioned at the Cellar, St. Andrews. Aroma of coriander and spicy hops, deep juicy bitterness and nice orange colour. Light metallic notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2006
Pint pulled at The Railway in Putney (London), a clear golden with a white head. A hoppy aroma - of berries and grass. A flowery flavour with a hint of fruit tanginess. Very smooth and a good bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2007
Cask at JDW. Pours a nice copper colour with some yellow head. Nice fruity smell and a very fruity and hoppy flavour. Definite taste of cooking apples, I thought. Very drinkable.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4084) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2002
Golden yellow with a spicy aroma and sharp flavor--to my tongue, elements of coriander and fennel. Hoppy bitterness and a bit of a challenging beer at times. Good beer, overall. (cask at Bookbinders Arms, Jericho, Oxford)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2003
Cask conditioned. Up-front citric hop aroma. Minimal malt body. Citrus fruits and pear at times in the taste. Long bitter finish. Good bitter for those that like hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Nov, 2003:Dog & Bone, Gillingham. Nice hoppy bitter. Decent enough, but nothing special. [2.8]
Oct, 2004:JDW, Rochester. Pale malt not fully developed which then intrudes on what should be flowery hops. Some citric notes come through - but harsh in this environment. [2.4]
Feb, 2005:JDW, Rochester. Golden Ale. Fresh fragrant rush. Wonderful. Honey sweet and citric sharp. A beauty. [3.9]
April, 2008 JDW, Rochester Itís been a while since i had this, and I notice that Iíve mainly had it in my local Spoon. I had it today as part of my Grand National breakfast during the JDW festival. I found it a clean, fruity sweet ale with a brown sugar touch and a little citric fresh swallow. Very nice. [3.5]

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