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Hawkshead Red (Cask)

Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Bitter
Kendal, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Note: The bottled version has a separate listing.

Originally called Best Bitter. A Red Ale. Bitter-sweet. First comes the sweetness of the Dark Crystal malt, which gives it the red colour, and then the long dry finish. A beer for those who like their ale to have some colour and taste of malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Don2711 (122) - - SEP 21, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2014 Nice appearance. Bitterness about right. Highly drinkable. Hops well balanced. Creamy head lasts well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chris337 (12) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Ruby red colour with decent stable head on initial pour. Settles slowly to clear. Malty flavours. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Cask at CPK during the pub’s 5th birthday celebration - London. Pours clear amber with a creamy cap. The nose is lightly leafy with some dried berries, bread and grains as well. Light to medium sweet flavor with nice wholegrain bread, some piney hops, dry fruits. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation; good condition. Well balanced to finish with further dried berries, dry toffee, more grainy bread. Solid.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
MikeFallopian (10) - - AUG 18, 2014
Cask at Urban Tap House, Cardiff, August 2014. No aroma, thin body, tasted of wood and cardboard. May have been an out of date cask as my experience didn’t match other comments here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (1178) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2014
Cask in the Tap House Lancaster. Ruby with a cream head. Not loads of flavour, but a nicely balanced mix of fruit and hop flavour. Some caramel too. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3819) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Cask at Old Fountain, London. Really burnt flavour: pretty harsh. Nutty, Xmas pud, sweet mulled fruit. Hard to neck in quantity, but by bleddy, I certainly tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (3142) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Cask at cask pub and kitchen 5th birthday. Aroma is nutty, dried fruits, some treacle. Clear dark red copper colour with a fleeting loose white head. Flavour is nutty, toasted malts, dried fruits and berry. Medium bodied . solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Cask at the white lady jdw. Pours clear copper, thick off-white head. Aromas are light nuts, biscuit sweetness. Taste is caramel and nuts. Creamy texture. Another good pint!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VRobertovich (27) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Beautifully clear, ruby-red ale, with a thick, creamy head, and low carbonation. Predominant malts; hops, a little less. Toffee, bread, and some subtle nuts, and roasted coffee on the after-taste. Well-balanced with a little citrus, and some earthy bitterness. Nice medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8720) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2014
Cask at the Cask in Pimmyleeco, 30/05/14. Very lightly hazed reddish amber with a well appointed beige covering. Nose is caramel, light floral aromas, biscuit malt. Taste comprises light vanilla, caramel fudge, candied orange peel, cheesecake crumble, bubblegum. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, subtle bitterness in the close. Decent well rounded amber.

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