RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2004 A huge head when being pumped, quickly subsided, minor lacing. This was a nice beer with hints of fruit (grapefruit, lemon). Very smooth, and drinkable.
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oakham pioneered the extra pale bitters with this one. It pours pale as lager, but with an assertive hop nose. Citrus and grain follow finishing very dry.
Using pale pilsener or Perle malt and American hops is now becoming the rage in the UK. There are better examples now than the original.
johndoughty (3966) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely golden appearance with no head.Citrus flavours dominate leading to a pleasant dry after taste.An above average session bitter but in my opinion not an outstanding beer, although in its cask and weaker version it has picked up awards.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
NERAX 2003 : Cloudy golden pour, small white persistent head with decent lacing. Aroma is flowery hops, some sweet malts sneaking in, too. Flavor starts with a mild sweetness (it mentionend kiwi fruit in the NERAX guide, I think that nails it pretty well), ends with a medium grassy hop bitterness, and very dry. Easy drinking and very good.
omhper (19334) - 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 (1658) - 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 (1905) - 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 (5217) - 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 (12429) - 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.