Brewed by John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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Cask; Regular.
Production moved to Thomas Hardy Burtonwood in Summer 2007 but subsequently back to Tadcaster. There is some uncertainty as to the current (late 2011) brewing location.

Insane0420's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
Insane0420 (8) - - DEC 12, 2012
It is very smooth has a bitter after taste one I will skip next time does have a floating device in can kinda weird. Taste almost flat

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nihtila (1012) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2015
31.7.2014. Pours brown. Average malts on the nose. Tastes malts, some lemon, bitter, stuffy.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
at_the_hop (17) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
What I imagine fermented dirty dish water to taste like. Bad enough that I will leave a pub if this is all they have on. There are worse beers, but not many.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Senka (808) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2015
When I mentioned that I used to love this beer to one of the 10K+ raters - I got weird looks and I was told to never to mention it again. Anyways, I loved it - it was cheapest available, creamy and smooth as Beamish Red, easy going and fulfilling. Good with roasted lamb and curry. Could drink it all evening and chat bs with locals. Miss it a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
niquillis (1348) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
On cask at Red Lion, Cheddleton. Pours nut brown with off white head. Malty bitter, nuttiness throughout. It’s Ok and far superior to their dreadful keg offering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Renobob (1047) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 6, 2015
Bue au cask. Classique anglaise sans bulle et sans alcool. Maltée, pas de houblon au palais. Bof quoi.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MissPxx (665) - - OCT 18, 2014
Dark brown colour. Good thick creamy head. Hoppy and creamy with a hint of chestnuts. Mild hoppy aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gegwilson (1679) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Cask in the Whitby Rugby Club. To be fair the cask version of john Smiths isn’t a bad drink. Some of the ratings on here seem to be for keg/extra smooth, which is admittedly terrible. The cask version is a very standard and drinkable bitter that tastes pretty much of you would expect. Biscuit malt flavour and very average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
Again at some working mens club in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Got absolutely nailed that night, clearly remember and can see from my notes that I did not like this at all. Not much smell, light in the flavour and mouthfeel department. It probably goes down well in large quantities. No thanks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lambister (266) - FINLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Drank in London. Frothy white slow head. Dark amber color. Moderate malts and hops on the nose. Moderate bitter flavor. Oily palate. Aromas and flavors are thin and all in all this was not as good as expected.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
s_hartshorne (2025) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
Cask red lion wetherby. Dark amber colour good white head great lacing. Aroma is weak malts. Taste is slight sweet malts good biiter finish. Medium thin body sot carbonation. Standard bitter ok at push

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