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Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Cask: Regular.
Originally brewed by Hardys & Hansons in Nottingham. Brewed by Greene King in Bury St Edmunds since December 2006.
This delightful well-hopped premium ale has a clean fresh hop aroma which produces a rich, full flavour. All the traditional bitter characteristics from one of Britainís oldest brewers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackafholmes (39) - - MAR 21, 2014
Really thick frothy head. Deep dark red colour. Quite bitter, and refreshing bite. Oaky malt flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1300) - (originally London),, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
cask @ Who-Thought it Rochester; this is almost like a sweet Dopplebock in some regards but with out the booze and otherwise structure . .But there is similar Toffee apple syrupy palate that holds on to your tounge . A good pint of ale , the malt complexity is right there !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1322) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Also on tap at Golden Pheasant. Quite nice with more notable hops clean and a nice head.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vladivostok (215) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2013
Darkish bitter with no aroma whatever. I would have given it zero for this feature but the system doesnít allow me to. Doughy and rather flat palate which doesnít encourage quantity drinking. It kind of finishes but has anybody ever noticed? Really dismal stuff. What on Earth do they make it from?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (4889) - ITALY - AUG 20, 2013
ramata leggero discreta schiuma media persistenza malto toffe note caramellate maltsta biscotto

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
RichardW (1371) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Dear God this is truly abysmal. My 1st GK beer for a long while and certainly my last. Has that terrible pungent sour GK smell that verges on manure. The palate is all over the place, between sweet malt and harsh astringency. A realeffort to finish. Possibly a beer that hadnít been taken care of on the cellar, but I wonít be going near it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Earthy hops, caramel malts and light prune-like fruitiness gel in this velvety but perhaps understated Brown Bitter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the clear dark copper.
-Stone-like minerals are present (but are harmonious with these ingredients, which isnít the case imho with some citrusy Golden Ales which have the same hard water notes).
-The leafy hop bitterness creates balance.
-This Bitter might not surprise anyone, but it is well done and this particularly cask was well-kept.

On cask at The Mermaid at Burford.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (681) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2013
Pint at The Chapel off Edgware Road in London. A darker brown. Small head with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AWS9 (463) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
Creamy, nutty, malty, caramely, some other -ys. Nice brown pour. Smooth, creamy finish, but itís also a bit thin on the finish as well. Starts off nicely enough, yet finishes rather bland. The whole is less than the sum of its parts on this one, but certainly not bad overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1165) - London via, WALES - MAR 19, 2013
Cask at the Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub Notts. Nice surroundings and a standard bitter which I enjoyed. Nothing mindblowing mind you.

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