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Oakham Helter Skelter

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Brewed by Oakham
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Peterborough, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - June to August.
A strong golden ale with an intense hop aroma and character. Hops and fruit oscillate above a refined bitterness. A very drinkable beer - watch out for the hangover the next day!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7058) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Cask at Pint Shop, Cambridge. It pours clear golden with a small white head. The nose is grainy, biscuit, straw, lemon and lime. The taste is rather bitter, lemon, grapefruit, biscuit, honeyed fruits, straw and pepper with a lingering bitter-dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Good bitterness. Solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
15th July 2014
Ale House, Chelmsford. Cask. Light haze on this gold beer, small bubbly white head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Fine carbonation. Sweetish pale malts, touch of honey which integrates nicely with the orange peel hops. Lemon rind starts sweetish but turns bitter and tangy. Lingers on in to the aftertaste. Little hop spice. Decent if a tad tangy.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
skipoffwork (1) - HAITI - SEP 6, 2009 does not count
This is the best beer I’ve tasted in a long while. Very Hoppy, which I obviously like, pale, clear, I wonder if it’s been dry hopped in the barrel. Reminiscent of how Theakstons bitter used to taste 30 years ago before it turned to Gnats Piss. Sampled in Captain Cook’s in Staithes N.Yorks at an extortionate price.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5380) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2009
Cask (Market Porter, London) - Golden in colour. Hoppy aroma with tea and grapefruit. Hoppy and very bitter taste with tangy grapefruit and hints of tea. Very tasty.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gusgus (232) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2009
Cask@Bodega, Newcastle. Pale, slightly hazy. Woody and appley aroma. Medium body. Just a hint of alcohol. Dry taste of cart Apples. Mediocre.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2074) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2009
Cask at the Rake, London. Golden pour with a fluffy white head. Nice hoppy, citrus aroma. Terrific hop character, refreshing hoppy summer beer. Dangerously drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2009 Cask at ’Spoons, Milton Keynes. Gold with a white head. Sweet hoppy aroma, spicy, fruity taste and a sharp mid bitter finish. Not too much intrusive citrus for a change. Sets the standard for summer golden beers. 27.8.09 Cask at Cambridge Blue, Cambridge. Floral hop aroma and grapefruit taste. Mid bitter. Decent. Rated:6,3,7,4,13:3.3

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 A Mes rate: cask at Baker St Sporks
Gorgeous clean pale gold with a thin white head and easily the best condition I have had in this place. Stunning aroma that is incredibly Belgian. Assertive hops, lovely biscuity malt base that sits perfectly in the background and some beautiful yeasty notes. Reminds me very much of something by De Dolle and it’s totally adorable. The flavour is not quite in the same league. The biscuit malt comes right to the front and drowns out the hops just a bit too much. That said the bitter finish has excellent length and leaves me yearning for more. Not their best but still bloody good stuff from Oakham.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Cask in the new crown and the alfred herring. Aroma is very hoppy, citrus, leom, bitterness. Taste is similar, very good, great hop character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2008
Cask at the King William IV, Nottingham. Helter Skelter has the sort of bubbly head typical of Oakham beers. It has a hoppy, slightly spicy aroma, and tastes very bitter without the usual lightness of Oakham beers. It has plenty of fruity malt flavours, and was very enjoyable indeed.


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