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


on tap


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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!

Gazza's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, - NOV 1, 2004
Straw coloured, grassy and citrussy hop nose. Full malt taste with a medium body of toffee malt but the bitterness and tangeriney, citric hops overwhelm the malt at the finish which is long, bitter but still has some malt. Excellent. (Cask @ Smithfield, Manchester)

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5083) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (1925) - 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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gethinbeer (2114) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2008
On tap in the Kings Head, Monmouth. Citrus fruit aroma, lemon and grapefruit. Golden appearance with a thin white head. Decent amount of hops. Surprised to see this as a premium bitter. Was an excellent pale ale for the summer. Plenty of malty, hoppy flavour in it. Gorgeous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beth101 (528) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2008
Had this in the Kings Head in Monmouth. Smelt of hops and lemon and the lacing stayed on the glass. Was bitter and refreshing.

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