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Brewed by Lovibonds
Style: Bitter
Henley-on-Thames, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask & Bottle conditioned; Regular.
Henley has long been known for the best pint of Ordinary. This 3.4% session ale is no exception. We use Maris Otter as a base malt with a special blend of roasted malts to give this bitter a complex malt profile.
Generous additions of 3 English hop varieties give this ale exceptional hop character.
Tasting notes: The amber coloured ale has a good balance of juicy malt and hop character on the nose. The flavour finishes with a balance of bitterness from roasted barley, leading to a long clean bitterness of English hops. Finishes dry.
Suggested food pairing: Excellent beer paired with roasted or grilled meats - chicken, pork or beef. Will also pair well with grilled vegetables.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a cloudy amber with a creamy and lacing off-white head. The nose has a little fruit and some UK hops. Medium body, fruit and caramel with dry and dusty hops. 050111

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (7481) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle that Loz picked up from the brewery & shop for me 31.12.10 consumed 02.01.11 Pours mid amber with a touch of haze. Really soapy hops on the nose. There is some fruitiness and a reasonable bitter bite but yet I find the soapy hops present on the nose come through and dominate the mouth as well, itís ok but its a bit too fairy liquidy for me at times. A6 A4 T5 P3 Ov11 2.9

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2010
bottle at home ... light amber ... thin white head ... soft sweet dull toffee hop ... light fizz .. light metalic ... soft fruits ... light bitter linger. ok ... easy drinking bitter

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31235) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
From cask at The Rake. Pours cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight fruity. Malty and slight fruity flavoured. Bitter and dry finish. Nice and easy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10326) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2010
Bottled, 330ml from Notcutts Nursery, Oxford. Clouded orange amber with big white head. For the ABV this pack a bit of a flavour punch, there is a slight roasty taste in the malt, drying but a little unbalanced due to a similar impact from the hop. Astringent bitterness prevails, which isnít a bad thing, but the palate is looking for a little balance. Very pricey looking at the bottle size.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a cloudy, honey-amber with a creamy, white head. Light caramel aroma with some citrus tartness. Flavor has some light sweetness, but there is a fairly strong bitterness that overpowers the flavor profile. Earthy bitterness with some grapefruit. There are touches toasted malts as well. Light to medium in body with average carbonation. Finishes with lingering hops. Unfortunately I think this beer is slightly out of code, but it is still decent.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
evergreen0199 (2029) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2010
On tap at the brewery in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. An amber coloured pour with a floral, hoppy aroma. Tastes rather light, slightly bitter/sweet, fruity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
[330ml bottle from Waitrose, Marlow] Lots of big chunks of sediment in this one, but quite easy to avoid with careful storage and pouring. Poured an odd slightly cloudy amber-brown, with a small but lasting white head. Good fresh malty smell that made me want to tuck in immediately! Thereís an odd greasy mouthfeel, but the flavour is that classic English barnyard hay & straw, with some malt behind and a bit of pepper. Thereís a fair whack of bitterness too (according to the website thereís 34 IBUís, whatever that means) but itís a fresh, uplifting bitterness that is perfectly balanced against the other flavours. Aftertaste is still that refreshing bitterness, although the greasy mouthfeel unfortunately remains to haunt it. Pepper comes through again strongly some time after finishing it. Overall this is a top-notch bitter with a delightfully fresh, modern taste; itís a shame it only comes in a 330ml bottle (which left me feeling rather short changed!) - I do feel English beers need a 500ml bottle or pint to fully appreciate them.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4543) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2008
33cl bottle from Waitrose. Brilliant amber with a loose off-white head; spicy plum aroma; malty body with more spicy fruit and a sharp bitter finish. Light and very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2007
A Sim rate (Cask at Reading Beer Festival): Aroma of plum, malt and herbs: maybe coriander or parsley. Flavour is similar with a bit of black pepper and sage. Nice beer.


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