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Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Bitter

Brewed by Greene King
Style: Bitter
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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Cask; Regular.
A beer with a flowerly, hoppy and fruity nose, although malt is never far away. Fruity hop is evident in the taste and there is a consistent bitterness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Vladivostok (293) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Oh dear, I knew it couldn’t last. I have tried several new beers from Greene King recently and most had been almost acceptable, quite pleasant even. But then I have a pint of this. To describe it as brown water is an insult to dear old H2O. The old Kimberley brew used to be slightly sweet and quite distinctive. No doubt Greene King mouthed some platitudes at the time about matching flavours etc. when they summarily closed the Kimberley Brewery but several years on this thin tasteless bilge is a travesty of its revered ancestor. As a punishment for making such appalling beer, Rooney Anand should be made to stand in a corner and drink 10 pints of the bloody stuff. Terrible.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Cask at The Three Frogs (GK), Wokingham on 11 May. Poured a clear chestnut colour, with a sizeable, dense white head. Aroma of orange zest, chewy malt and Greene King yeast. Pretty sweet flavour, not too saccharine. Some brown sugar, lots of malt and a very small amount of grassy hop. Finish was toffee, cooked fruit and copper.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BlackHaddock (4391) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Hand-pulled pint in ’Jaspers’ during a CAMRA pub crawl around Shifnal, Shropshire on 14th Dec 13. Refreshing but fairly bland ’cooking bitter’ (as my father calls bog standard bitters): leaning towards orange from golden amber in colour with a thin white head. Slight aroma of light malts with a fruity hint. The taste was also of light malts and again with a mild fruit note or two: nothing powerful or strong though, this is an uncomplicated brew with few if any noticeable attributes worthy of mentioning.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (1976) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Cask @ The Stapleton Tavern, Stroud Green. Marmalade orange, fairly sweet malts with a boring bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerSkull (1347) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2013
(Cask at "The Baron of Beef" in Cambridge, England). Aroma and taste of caramel malt and hops, the taste is also very sour and boring. Bad Bitter!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
OwainTurner (372) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2013
Lemon, orange and sweet fruit smell. Very smooth orange and lemon taste. Very easy drinking, almost refeshing but lacking in any character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (5990) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2012
Cask. Pours clear light brown with a bubbly off white head. Aroma of fruit, malt and bread. Flavour is mainly malt, fruity then a bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tombyars (1429) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2012
First tasted this at the Mossend Beer Festival, Lochwinnoch in July 1993. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thick creamy white head. Hint of malt in the poor aroma. Thin insipid mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a very weak malt base with tart redcurrant just about evident. Metallic hop resins give a lack lustre aftertaste. Finish is rather short with bitter sweet notes. A really poor bitter, weak and lacking complexity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
A - fruit and honey A - mid gold with thick head T - sweet with dry finish P - mid and soft O - decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alkohole (1) - Draycott in the Clay, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011 does not count
Nice beer but nothing sensational. It was always variable, even when brewed in Nottinghamshire, but it could be fabulous once it had had its second fermentation in the barrel to take the sweetness away. Another bitter not exactly ruined but definitely altered from the original. Nottingham used to have Kimberley, Shipstones and Home - all capable of being great, and capable of being awful. More consistent these days, but the characters have been sanitised out of all of them by their new brewers. None of the old breweries ever cleaned the pipes to my certain knowledge, so all the generations of ale sediment are not their to add flavour.

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