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Ilkley Best

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


on tap


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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ralphdot (1034) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
gold colour with a thin head, aroma and taste is hops, lots of hops, if you like hops I think you will like this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1803) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2010
Cask at the CASK Pub & Kitchen during Meet the Brewer night, 4th October 2010. Copper with thin white foam head decaying to a ring, Citric and yeasty notes in aroma. Citric, grassy and slightly cheesy in-mouth. Rather bitter finish that develops nicely. Pleasant textured mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2011
[cask at Cloisters, Edinburgh] Clear, dark mahogany brown pour with a thin cream head. Looked really appetising after a long day at work. Fruity aroma with plenty of malts coming through at the same time, touch of ashy smoke. On the palate, just fantastic balance of roasty malt and fruit. Dry bitter finish, some caramel sweetness with a touch of molasses, but always that lovely roasty theme running through. Really surprised by this, just a fantastic nutty, biscuity, fruity dark bitter. Awesome [18032011]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
Cask at The Cleveland Arms, London. It’s a quiet afternoon here. A few groups of people, some pensioners, the two locals who I have never NOT seen here, and me, fresh from the gym. My beer pours a dark, clear gold with q frothy, off-white head. The aroma holds leaves and wholegrain toast. Flavor is medium sweet with toast, spicy rye, dry and ripe orange, faint cocoa almost, a bit of burnt grass, leaves. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Light drying on the finish, some leafy bitterness, grains, light earth, faint honey and toasted sugar. It’s an OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle from Morrisons, Leeds. Pours a clear chestnut brown, finger of head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity with some nutty maltiness. Taste is similar, with a good malt backbone balancing out the grassy hop character. Good medium body to it as well (better than Mary Jane’s thinner body). Crisp and refreshingly thirst quenching enough to session, but interesting enough to avoid being soporific. This is a very nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (2391) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Cask in Craft Beer Co. . Clear brown white head. Nose is butterscotch, floral, tea, grain husk. Taste is toffee, tea, floral, roast grain, hoppy grapefruit. Light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Golden with a fluffy off-white foam. Aromas are caramel malts with grapefruit and apricot. Grassy hops with some peppery, nutty notes. Flavours are sweet biscuit and caramel malts with some nuttiness. Clean bitter grapefruit hops on the finish with sweet marmalade. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
Cask Stillage at Nottingham Castle, Nottingham 09/10/2009 Pale hop aroma. Golden bronze coloured fruity and pale with a crisp bitter and slightly peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2012 Cask conditioned handpump Shooters Leeds 14/05/12. A classic brown coloured beer with a tight white head and lacing. A standard English bitter. Fruits are nice. Leafy hops. Shows that brown bitters can be good. Score 3.3
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.4

   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.

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