Brewed by Hop Back
Style: Bitter
Salisbury, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Cask; Regular.
Also known as Celtic Bitter in Celtic Inns pubs.
Golden, light, clean and tasty - ideal session ale. Hoppy aroma from East Kent Goldings, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1815) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2009
Cask at the Sultan, London SW19, UK on 24th June 2009. Golden session ale with lasting off-white head. Moderately hoppy and clean tasting. Some fruitiness Zingy mouthfeel, longish dry finish, leaving the drinker wanting more. A good pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tonyb (1) - ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004 does not count
Excellent session beer. Even appeals to lager drinkers! Light colour, hoppy flavour good dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13399) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2004
Cask Conditioned at a wetherspoons. Golden beer with chunky white head. Low gravity, no nonsense, lightly malted drinking beer. Refreshing, quenching hops, a beer for a night out and at £1:39 per pint we did exactly that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (6078) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
Cask at the Wyndham Arms, Salisbury. Amber with a loose white head; aroma of fresh, grassy hops and malts; in the mouth there is an immediate bite of sharp citrus hops, then a slightly sweet malty body; follwed by a prolonged bitterness. An excellent bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
Draught at The Sultan, Colliers Wood, London. Light, golden bitter. Flowery aroma, with a flowery and fruity taste. Quite hoppy. No head, small amount of lacing. Quietly tasty beer, medium length finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (8100) - ITALY - FEB 8, 2008
spillata a mano in italia schiuma poca ma ben compatta e decisamente persistente colore chiaro gaatura minima in bocca morbida finale abbastanza secco ma ben bilanciata molto leggera luppolo presente senza sovrastare

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Cask, Turf Tavern, Oxford. Sturdy copper, just off-white head. Lots of minerals in the nose, sulfer, farmy hops, pound cake. Brisk, full raisin/butter bitterness, blackberries, dry toasty caramel with a rye edge. Light, pleasant, good flavor to abv ratio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 Draught pint at NERAX on 5/2/07
Small, manageable white head is creamy and retained modestly well. Beige-golden body is fully bright. Little/no lace.
Very malty nose delays the presence of the hops, which are very, very soft and lightly floral at most. Some nuttiness, not really a crispness and light pepper-like notes sit on the finish, with a very clean yeast presence adding very soft, fruity esters. Mostly, it is a medium-sweet, creamy malt full of baked white bread, light barley grain and some biscuits. A deeper streak of buttercream runs through it, though is distinctly not diacetyl. Medium strength of aroma, some light paperiness and tannin on finish. No alcohol or flaws.
Very malty flavor up front has vanilla, buttercream and bread dough all providing a fair complexity, but a slightly seltzer-like finish, almost like a hard-pretzel, stemming from the yeast, nuttiness and dry malt tannin, seems rather bland and not really crisp. True, there is some hoppiness, but EKGs are never very crisp and the bitterness is extremely minimal. Still, itís well-done to style and flawless. I guess Iím just not crazy about the malts and the slight hardness/graininess. Not enough balancing softness nor a supple enough texture. Medium-low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2008
pale golden yellow nice tight head, ,fizzy and fruity but with a little grassy hop background

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14174) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2009
Cask (Kuikka, Helsinki)
Classic clean English bitter aroma. Lovely standard refreshing bitter loads of lightly roasted, slightly grainy, malts. and a touch of scotch ale horse blanketty mustiness. Soft bittering hops are quite subtle, but pleasant. Grainy and slightly bitter finish. Very simple, but so tasty and easy to drink.

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