Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Staveley, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Pasteurised bottle.
Note: The cask version has a separate listing.

Deep red in colour, rich, malty and dry. A more robust version of the Best Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2007
Mahogany res with a nice head. The aroma is fresh with lots of hops and malt and notes of fruit. The flavour has notes of roasted malt, light sweetness and a pronounced, dry bitterness. This beer has a interesting and good balance, that I like very much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5400) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
500 ml bottle. Light ruby in colour with a cream head; rich malty aroma with a trace of orange, quite sickly; smooth, with caramel flavours and sharp, rather sour, hops; dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2011 a Medium ruby in colour, malty nose. too bitter in flavour but an ok balanced finnish to it... 1.6 ...cask at bow bar ... copper red ... creamy tan head ... soft fruit toffee ... soft woody toffee malts ... juicy fruits ... light hop ... light bitter linger 3.5 bottle at chris ... copper ... soft toffee malt ... jucy toffee malt ... light bitter ... woddytoffee hint of red beer spice 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4587) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle. Poured very lively out of the bottle.Bitter with a slight dryness.An easy to drink above average bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2400) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2007
Rich malty aroma. Deep red in colour with a thin white head. Low carb. Smooth tasting bitter. Sweet with good hoppy notes. good bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (2035) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2006
Bottle. Red brown colour with a slim cream head. Aroma of malts and caramel. Similar for the taste with some beerry fruit and a hoppy dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9110) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle. Red and brown with a frothy head. Aromas are caramel malts and berries with some nuttiness. Soft and fruity with some pepper. Flavours are sweet toffee malts with berries. Dry, soft flavours with some Vimto character. Creamy with earthy hops. Nice and spritzy on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2006
The aroma is full of malts with a slight note of alcohol that was not unpleasant. The nose also has hints of sweet caramel. The aroma is stronger than the flavor which is malty, but not overly sweet. The beer is bitter almost at the start of the sip. The palate is crisp and clean with a thin to medium body. Moderate carbonation. The pour was cloudy copper with a short, tan head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Deep garnet with a slghtly toasty, slighty perfumey nose. Subdued though, at best. Moderately bittered, caramel sweetness balances the hops. Very basic and kind of blah. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotty (1107) - SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2006
The Lake District seems to be bursting with small independent breweries these days (15 according to the 2006 Good Beer Guide)...I can feel a weekend of fell walking and pint quaffing coming up in the near future,well,perhaps not so much of the walking! Hawkshead Red is deep copper in colour, and has a good long lasting off-white head, leaving a bit of lace.It is malty on the nose and on the palate, but has a lightly hopped edge, with a pleasant citrus fruit to balance it. Good stuff! Booths, Keswick. For those of you who dont know, Booths carry a superb range of bottled beers,both regional British,and continental brews. Unfortunately (for those of us not lucky enough to live there) they are pretty much restricted to the North west of England, if you are visiting that area I would advise a visit.

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