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

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (1845) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (7965) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2187) - 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.

2.6
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotty (1042) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 1. 500ml Bottle 28/06/2004 Golden coloured with bubble gum fruit flavours. Slightly dry full malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Hawkshead Brewery Tap, Staveley 24/03/2007 Floral aroma. Amber red coloured hoppy and fruity raspberry flavours. Slightly rich on the palate. Some dryness in a crisp and bitter malt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (9999) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2005
Bottled, pasteurised, 500 ml. Chestnut red with white bubbly head, reasonable condition. Good rich malty flavour with a caramel background and a lasting bitterness. Sharp on the close with a little floral note. Reasonable pasteurise beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrat (1255) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2005
From A Bottle.Reddish brown in colour with a small head, aroma is of light malt,taste is nutty with some malt and a dry bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oggie Dogg (4) - Fullham, London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2004 does not count
Deep, dark red body with medium white to off-white head. Good malty aroma with hints of grain and toasted nuts. Tremendously snappy full flavoured bite on the first draw with that sweetly bitter taste so much loved in ESB’s. Body and carbonation held but the flavour quickly retreated to metallic lightly soapy taste by mid-pint. The head droppped off fairly quickly leaving little to no lacing by mid-pint.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
Bottled. Deep chestnut red, thin white head and moderate condition. Chocolate, hops and mushrooms in the nose, but it went down hill from there. Some malt apparent in the mouth but a chemical/phenolic note starts to dominate. Some hop bitterness in the finish but again spoilt by a dry chemical note.


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