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

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1770) - 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! There’s an odd greasy mouthfeel, but the flavour is that classic English barnyard hay & straw, with some malt behind and a bit of pepper. There’s a fair whack of bitterness too (according to the website there’s 34 IBU’s, whatever that means) but it’s 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; it’s 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 (5090) - 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 (7117) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7482) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9163) - 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.

2.7
   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.

1.8
   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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14991) - 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

2.9
   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.

2.5
   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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