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Ilkley Best

Formerly brewed at Ilkley
Style: Bitter
Ilkley, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A hoppy and spicy chestnut coloured Yorkshire ale with a strong bitter finish.

gwoodin's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gwoodin (44) - Birmingham, - FEB 21, 2013
500ml bottle. Caramel malt predominates. Copper colour, subsiding head. Aftertaste rather harsh. Overall: rather unbalanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle; unknown origin. Poured a clear copper, with a dense white head. Aroma of malt, summer fruits and caramel. Flavours of chewy grain, cake and some straw. Finish was slightly metallic, with cooked apples and biscuity malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (1702) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2013 A very hoppy ale with a bitter taste. Lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8689) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle. Copper coloured with a very small head. Mainly a bitterness with a mild grainy aroma and flavour. Not quite as smooth as some best bitter are, but close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2013
A decent best Yorkshire bitter - looks the part, good bitterness, solid caramel malt backbone, lingering hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ The 18th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2012, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration, sweet malt, apple - riped apple notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120505]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle, Booths, Penrith. Reasonably powerful hop aroma, the spicy bitterness is immediately apparent on the tongue and back of throat and is the dominating character of the beer. Slight smokiness towards the finish, very much an English brown bitter, but with much more character than a lot of its peers. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dogbomb (1152) - ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle. Chestnut gold. Thinnish off white foam. Caramel, spice, a little ash and some citrus on the nose. Citric pang on the tongue, without really being fruity. Mostly caramellic tastes, with some spruce resins. Finish is bitter, but again really lacks any particular taste... just bitter. Decent for a session, I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2778) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle from Tomlinsons Beer Shop, Inverness 081212
Amber, clear, frothy white head, good lacing
Aroma - light spicy hops, some soft fruity caramel malt, very light aroma
Taste - caramel malts, soft spicy hops, soft earthy hop, tea, touch of dark fruits
Palate - soft carb, light to medium body. Finish is considerably dry, some earthy hop bitterness
Overall - Better than your average bitter beer - quite decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (4755) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2012
Cask by handpump at Three Judges, Glasgow - clear amber, bubbly white head, minimal aroma, caramel, bit of resin, slightly bitter aftertaste

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