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Brewed by Growler (prev Nethergate)
Style: Bitter
Sudbury, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Special - March/April 2008.
Tan in colour with reddish hues, this springtime best bitter is simply oozing with floral aromas and a fresh bitterness. You would be a fool to miss this one!
Hops used: Northern Brewer, Willamette


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombyars (1357) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2012
Tasted this in The Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in April 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Pale ruby in colour with a thin white head. Floral hops in the short aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a digestive biscuit base with a sweet rosehip syrup through it. Earthy dusty hops present in the short aftertaste. Malt evident in the sweet syrupy finish. Not the best from the portfolio however.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
Late rate from Spoons spring fest. Handpulled cask at the Crosse Keys. Amber with a white head. Copper wih an off white head. A good solid bitter without any outstanding features.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4201) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2008
Cask at The Fox and Anchor, Smithfield 28 Apr 08. Unclear. Amber colored. A small creamy head. Modest aroma of apricot. Fruity flavor with prunes in the foreground. Fruity bitter finish. Well rounded.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8083) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2008
Cask, The Highcross, Leicester. Amber with a white foam. Aromas are biscuit malts with kentish hops. Spicy, dry and yeasty. Flavours are dry and yeasty with light toffee and chocolate malts. Some citrus and prickly pine hops. Long bitter finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
imdownthepub (10235) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2008
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Amber colour with no head. I appreciate that this had been kept with the normal Spoons lack of attention, but these breweries will continue to risk it. Flat with a background toasted & vanilla note in the malt. Sweetish, really no better than ordinary.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2008
Cask in the counting house. Aroma is fruity and floural, some sweetish malt character comign through. Taste is richer than expected, but very nice and juicey. A hottie foresure.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
Cask handpull at Willow Walk ’Sporks. Copper colour with a slight haze and thin beige head. Slightly sweet juicy bitter, with earthy hop. Rather a good fruity/floral/juicy bitter. I like it, good solid 4.1% bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
Cask (handpump) at the Knights Templar (JDW), Chancery Lane, London. Amber colour with a loose white head. Very slightly hazy. The US hops are evident in the aroma but are very subtle. Some flowery hop notes in the flavour but, again, quite subdued. Mouthfeel is mellow and smooth, with a light herbal bitterness. A decent beer but could use a bit more punch. I like the US hops but would have preferred a rather bolder deployment. Perhaps the Stone beer coming from Shepherd Neame has temporarily conditioned my palate in this respect.


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