omhper (19225) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled cask conditioned at Helsinki Beer Festival.
Golden colour. Rich flowery, soapy hop aroma. Softly malty. Richly hopped with citrusy really bitter finish.
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average state of being. Pale yellow, and yet another bitter. Had a good palate and mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth, without much cringiness.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light in color, very light in alcohol with a tiny bit of citrus (almost more lemon than than grapefruit) flavor at the dry end. I'm sure this is such an award winning beer because it is so smooth and easy to drink. People probably sit around after the Cambridge football match and drink a dozen of these without getting too drunk.
SilkTork (5178) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2013
Jan, 2003 Bottle Conditioned. This Jeffrey Hudson Bitter, named after a dwarf courtier of Charles I, is Oakham Ales most famous and successful product, deservedly winning several awards. It is a beautiful golden colour and, as the blurb says, has a sharp, refreshing and blatant citric fruitiness. The taste is rather like tangerine marmalade, quite clean and zingy. There is a soft buttery feel in the background, gently tinged with a sandlewood hop bitterness which develops into a dry and aromatic bitterness in the finish. A wonderful ale in the modern tradition. [4.0]
Summer, 2003 Cask, JDW’s Great Harry, Woolwich. I enjoyed this beer in the bottle - it is even more deeply gorgeous from the cask, with a complex interplay of butter, honey and soft citric fruits. Tastes stronger than its 3.8% cask strength. [3.7]
March, 2004 JDW Rochester. Clean and zingy. A refreshing Golden Ale. [3.4]
Dec, 2013 500ml dark glass bottle from Tesco. Filtered. I love this beer. Cracking malt. Cracking hops. Great marriage. Fireworks in the sky, Spanking gorgeous. Lovely flavours, and lovely to drink. Could glug this all night and every night. [4.5]
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - OCT 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great bitter. loaded with hops. fruity pine cone nose.
hops ominate the taste giving this a fruit and citrus feel.
enough malt to provide some balance but still the hoppiest british brew I have had
very smooth body.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden; nose is quite fruity, with a good hop rate; fresh-tasting, fruity (pineapple, blackberry, pear); slight mineral note.
leaparsons (7988) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at last as a 4.2%er. As good as the cask version with the trademark grapefruit citrus character and oily hops on the palate. Addictive stuff.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
reminds me a lot of little creatures. very pale and clear, massively hoppy-fruity (passionfruit, coconut, pineapple) in fact a veritable pavlova of a beer. after all the hop flavours it’s not as bitter as it could be in the finish, and could do with more malt depth. but hooray for hops.
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loads of hops. Loads of character. It was a lot lighter than I expected, with a strong aftertaste. Very drinkable.
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned. Straw coloured with moderate head. Citus and honey nose,a grapefruit and sweet malt flavour back with an assertive hop bitterness that never becomes too obtrusive and finishes with a nice dryness that makes you want to drink more.