Brewed by Oakham
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Peterborough, England


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Cask: Regular.
Originally a one off special for the Peterborough Beer Festival, Bishops Farewell has become a permanent fixture in the Oakham family.
A strong premium beer of structured quality dominated by elaborate fruity hop notes, with a grainy background and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2007
A magnificent pale ale. I have no idea what the last reviewer was drinking but it certainly wasn’t Bishops Farewell. This ale is wonderfully aromatic using a huge dose of Mount Hood and Challenger for bittering. The taste is citrus and the finish is sharp and very refreshing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2007
[CASK: The Waterhouse, Manchester 13/04/07] Pretty grim. Pale and nasty. Not a good experiance!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2013 Cask conditioned - handpump - Malt Shovel Northampton. A straw coloured beer with some off white flecks of head and lacing. The aroma is lovely and hoppy. Fairly sharp with plenty of grapefruit. This is replicated in the taste which also has a good backbine of malt making it less sharp and harsh than a lot of other Oakham beers. I had this at the Peterboro BF all those years ago when it was launched, and am not surprised it swiftly became permanentScore 3.6
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7, 3.7, 3.7, 3.7, 4.0 and 3.8. Average becomes 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 The nose off this to start with was quite outstanding however it seemed to shoot downhill, bloody wetherspoons and thier sparklers! Aroma full of citrus moves onto caramel malts and grassyness. Taste was similar but muted hop character killed it a bit, however this was seriously drinkable. I think i did the half in under 3 mins. RERATE: Ecellent balanct ale, bopn accord,.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 cask @ jdw, newington causeway. Pale, opaque lemon w/ no head. Lemon, hops and soap aroma with floral notes. Taste of hops and grass - lemon bitterness. Finish of lemongrass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker Street ’Spoons. A full on citric and flowery and aromatic and yeah you get the picture hop-fest. Fresh dry and tasty. Decent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cgarvieuk (13920) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2007
a Pale golden colour ale , that light and hoppy and quite bitter with bitter in the linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2006
Sampled at the Medway Beer Festival 2006 on 18/11/06 - NOTE: this beer is "Bishops Farewell" not, I repeat, not "Bishops Finger". It is quite nice, hoppy, sweet and light way. It’s from Peterborough and tastes a bit like Peterborough really!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2127) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2006
1/2 pint cask, Thompsons, Edinburgh. Light golden colour and at first slightly hazy. Thick creamy white head. Rich fresh hoppy aroma. Soft, but refreshingly bitter flavour and mouthfeel. Grassy aroma. Definitely dry-hopped, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it was single-hopped. Hops are minty in flavour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2006
Clear goden with a low level of frothy foam. Nose: Spicy and dark fruit. Caramel sweetness combined with a citrus component in flavour. Notes of grapefruit (Half on gravity at The Fat Cat in Norwich 25.09.2006).

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