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


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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular. Aka Jeffrey Hudson Bitter. Also available bottled @ 4.2% abv.

A golden beer whose aroma is dominated by hops that give characteristic citrus notes. Hops and fruit on the palate are balanced by malt and a bitter base. Dry hoppy finish with soft fruit flavors. A nationally respected ale, winner of numerous awards, JHB is a blond baby packed with flavour & perfect for those long sessions as well as a quick pint at lunchtime. This popular beer was crowned Champion beer of britain in the bitter category in 2001 and 1999.
Challenger and American Mount Hood hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14039) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 18, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2014 Draugh (Kingston Arms, Cambridge) (6:2:8:4:14=3.4)
Light yellow, loose head, lacing aplenty. Hoppy aroma - promises citrus. And delivers. Sharp bitterness cleans the mouth, but isn’t over-imposing.
500ml bottle (Drink Shop. Tallinn) (7:2+:7:4-:14=3.4)
Classic english bitter aroma, touch of ginger - nice. Still too damn pale, loks insipid, and the head disappears too quickly. But the taste, oh my, the taste. This is what English bitter is about. Lovely light bready grains, and he spicy hops are peppery and gingery and bitter and bitey, and urging you to take another sip. Even though it’s a little thin, the hoppy hum in the finish gives you a smile, so I’ve got to give it 4 for palate. Overall a very solid beer, even though it’s bottle. Damn, I want this as a cask real ale now, I’m sure the previous rating was an underrate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask at GBBF. Nice golden colour with a good white head. Clean crisp floral hops all round. Very aromatic and lovely fruity citric notes. Effortlessly drinkable. All day session stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 14, 2007
Cask, GBBF 2007. Straw, clear white head. Nose is grassy hop and slightly citrus. Mouth is hoppy dry grass, leaving a dry grassy finish. Alright actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11404) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2007
Cask @ Kingston Arms, Cambridge. Golden coloured. Unclear. Fluffy off white head. Citrusy and flowery aroma. Has some light fruity notes. Flavour is flowery and sweet. Has some citric notes as well. Herbs notable. Medium to full bodied. Has a nice citric bitterness in the end. Quite refreshing. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 Soapy sessions lacking some of the zest of the bottled version on this evidence. Too much Fairy Liquid and flat lemonade soapiness, not enough hop bite. Grapefruit and biscuit. Undoubtedly a refreshing and quality brew. But so many brewers do the same thing better....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2007
cask at Map Room. This was very pleasant. A bit soapy at first, then a nice stiff malt body with some balance of bittering hops. Very tasty pint, best served casked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (21840) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 Golden yellow colour, with a sour hop nose, and a very hoppy palate thats quite bitter and drying.

Bottle at home ... golden yellow ... thin white head ... dry bitter lemon hop nose ... soft dry haps ... light floral bitter fruit hop ... light dry linger ... little grassy ... still not me 3.0

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2007
[Cask from The Bon Accord] Very pale gold, moderate head. Lots of sharp citric notes, tropical fruit, spicey. Light, more estery fruit on the palate, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Odd that this is the same listing for cask and bottled. Not only a different abv, but just a completely different beer. I tried the bottle more than a year ago, and now finally trying it on cask...they are just not the same beer in any way.

Cask, Far From The Madding Crowd, Oxford. Orange gold, fine white head. Distinct Fruity Pebbles® aroma, along with cinnamon, pink grapefruit, and a nice warm mineral note. Spicy dry grapefruit hops, very light clean malt backdrop. Delicate, clean, deliciously high flavor to abv ratio.

Previous rating, November 2006: Bottle. Very light copper with a cap of fine white. That clean soapy hop smell that makes me think Saaz. (Turns out, no Saaz.) A little husky grain, a touch of butter. Very little in the way of esters. Nice bright carbonation, herbal hop flavor, toothy sort of malt character. This is a pleasant, refreshing beer, but it seems decidedly leaning toward the lager world when it comes to the yeast flavor profile. No particular objections for me for a little style bending, but it is an odd ale. (6/3/6/4 13)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (11341) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2006
Half on cask served too chilled. Missing head, but nice mahogany body. Nose is dominated by malt. Flavour: Sweet caramelisation combined with citric notes. Standard goden ale (Trafford Arms and another haft at the Freemasons Arma in Norwich 24.09.2006).

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