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Brewed by Oakham
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Peterborough, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Single hopped (Citra) IPA


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Cask. Oakham does wonders with citra hops. Big citrus and tropical nose and taste, chewy, oily, sticky beer. A pleasure to have on cask.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CanCrusher (511) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle. Pale golden colour with white head, that leaves some nice lacing. Strong aroma of tropical fruits like mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, orange and some piney notes. Very hoppy bitter taste, dragging all that fruits with it. Excellent beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jamestulloch (1050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2013 Aroma: Stunning, powerful aroma of pineapple, lemon, passionfruit and mango, with subtle grassy, resin and biscuit notes. Slight soapy hint. I can’t wait to taste this.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden body with a large, fluffy white head that holds reasonably well. Little yeast particles floating around once the full bottle is poured. Lively carbonation. Lots of sticky lacing.

Taste: Lovely juicy tropical fruit flavours. Very hoppy and refreshing - I love the Citra hop and this showcases it perfectly. Not a great deal of malt character, but who cares? This is amazing. Bitter, slightly peppery finish and barely a hint of its 6.0% ABV.

Palate: Medium body with a sleek, oily texture. Nice carbonation fizz.

Overall: Wow, wow, wow! An utterly brilliant beer - probably the best I have ever tasted. It’s so good that after trying it for the first time (in bottle) I ordered 10 more online. It’s incredible on cask, too. For me, it is a stronger, hoppier, turbo-charged version of the (also amazing) Jarl by Fyne Ales.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sad24 (38) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
At the hop in York. Awesome. Strong real IPA aroma with awesome hoppy citrus flavour. Best ipa yet!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ladnewton (1325) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2011
Cask at the Cambridge Blue, Cambridge England 13th August 2011. Gold with thin white head and a little lacing. Wildly fruity and hoppy. Grapefruit and grass early and late, with an explosion of fruity hoppiness in-mouth.The finish is richly hoppy and satisfyingly intense. Exquisite.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hop_Hedonist (178) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2013
Nose doesn’t prepare you for the massive citra hit! Lovely. Quite malty but balanced with powerful hoppyness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scopey (5526) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2013 Originally on cask at The George, Croydon. It pours golden yellow, with a decent off-white head. The nose is sweet orange, tangerine, lime, sweaty sock, urine, rhubarb and custard cream sweets and grass. The taste is resin, juicy orange, mango, tangy marmalade, big hop bite, spice, pepper, pine and alcohol warmth, with a big bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Massive flavour and drinkability. The best cask IPA I’ve ever had.... I have now sampled this sucker on numerous occasions and it surprises just how truly brilliant it is. Crisp, flavoursome, well-balanced and eminently drinkable. Wow!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3626) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Hand pulled at the Wellington, Birmingham. Golden, thin white head. Smells like pickled mango, with a hint of mint chili. Very tasty stuff, but I have to admit, this doesn’t strike me as vastly different from Oakham’s excellent APAs. Smooth, very tangy, with rich tropical notes and sweet Darjeeling. Bitter on the finish, with a little crunching dryness. As lovely as I expected. RE RATE: Bottle at Bartons Arms, Birmingham. Wow. I Totally underrated this previously. Perhaps it was under conditioned on my cask sample, but this bottle was chiming; the hops were clanging on my tongue and my tastebuds were ringing. Supremely singular - clean, tangy, tasty and super smooth (yet crisp). My nadgers were veritably twitching. Can see this becoming my ’go to’ beer. Prev score 3.9 on 1/6/12. Now throttled up to 4.5 on 17/11/12.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vaiz (3146) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle at UDRBM. Clear golden pour. Aroma full of tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, some resin and loads of floral hops. Flavor is even better, quite bitter and full of lovely hops. Amazing brew. Would love this as a session ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
In this dazzling New World-style IPA citrusy hop resins tango over delicately honeyed cereals, dreaming of flowers blooming in the forest.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam protects the clear golden, drawing some lacing.
-The aftertaste is wonderfully coniferous, and never too brash to make the next sip smaller.
-Drinkability is very high for a 6% brew.
-Carbonation is mild and the body slick.
-The bartender smiled proudly when I ordered my pint… I could tell he was about to drool all over a pint of his own as soon as his shift was over. ☺

On cask at The Live and Let Live, Cambridge.


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