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


on tap

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
Cask (gravity dispense), Reading Beer Festival, April 2006. Copper colour and in good condition. The malty aroma has a slightly raw feel to it. Dry on the palate, with a fair dollop of robust bitterness. Its unrealistic to expect too much body or depth in what is virtually a boys bitter but, as a quaffer, its fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Victoria Leisure Centre, Nottingham 20/10/2006 Floral and slightly spicy aroma. Amber coloured with a slightly hazy appearance. A little dryness in a fresh spicy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2006
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Reading BF. A slightly lighter than amber coloured beer. The aroma has a little light hop but nowt much. The taste again has a little hoppy character but is very plain and very much an English light bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Cask Conditioned at Reading BF 2006. Amber. Odd malt/malt extract aroma that wears off to something far nicer after a few minutes. Flavour is mostly malt, a touch thin and some dryness with not much bitterness. Fruit juice and tannins in the background. Starts off a bit sketchy but a pretty good ordinary session bitter when you get in to it, but doesn’t remind me of the classic Henley Brakspear Bitter at all. (3/5) Bottle, from an old notebook around 2008. A bottle of Henley Gold was opened just before which ended up over the table and was clearly infected. With that in mind I was prepared for this to be the same and opened it over the sink but it still ended up over the wall and floor. Two clearly infected (different) beers out of 3 from the same brewer just shouldn’t happen. If this was really being brewed by Old Luxters at the time it could explain it. (0.5/5) Average 1.8/5

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2006
Cask gravity at Reading BF 06. Golden/orange beer with no head. Slightly sticky aroma, bit of ginger. Some resiny hops and a bit of orange fruit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2006
Cask @ Reading 06: Golden, very malty. Clean, balanced bitterness. A bit bland, but drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2006
Gravity Cask @ Reading Beer Festival 2006. Watery slightly sweet bitter. Some light bitterness not much happening.

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