maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 Cask conditioned gravity dispense Queens Head Sutton Bassett. Oh shit; this is good. Gold with a whitish head and packed full of stunning hops. Gooseberry and white wine notes. Sure there’s Nelson Sauvin in this. Strong boozy and citrus. Superb balancing and body giving malts. Amazingly easy to drink and beautifully crafted. I drank this in the company of 20 beer drinkers, only one of whom really shares my geekiness. They pretty much all drank it on my recommendation and they all found it stunning. Score 4.2
Subsequent rating scored 3.9. Average becomes 4.1
Fin (8429) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, gravity at Merton Summer Beer Festival 16-07-10 Pours golden some haze with a white head. Aroma is really citrussy, loads of grapefruit flying off and with a nice maltiness there as well tying things together. The taste is grapefruity, nice bitter and pithiness, nicely malty, this is just so drinkable, I wasn’t sure of the hops used but dad seemed convinced that there was Nelson Sauvin in there and I reckon he could be right, lovely beer that us dangerously drinkable. I think that this may just have squeezed through as my beer of the festival. A8 A3 T9 P4 Ov17 4.1
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2010 Cask handpull, The Crown, Nuneaton. Pale gold with a greenish tinge and spittle of halo. Lush stewed hop leafiness and tropical fruit aroma not so far from Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin; NZ Chardonnay, grape and passion fruit, peach, pineapple, blackcurrant...erm, ’dog pissed on by a cat’, according to my notes. Complex- one of those beers that just get me reeling every fruit I know off the top of my head. An authentic, contemporary US-style IPA...but better. Rounded and wine gummy with lemon zest, blackcurrant and tropical Starburst; quite a lot of honeyed, white toast, cashew balance for Oakham but just..dripping with hop loveliness, really. What a shame I’m going to work.
imdownthepub (11495) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned at Merton Summer Beer Fest ’10. Slightly hazed Gold with white head. Ahh Oakham, one of the British Brewers that make the pulse race when you see it on, and this is exactly why, I see the word intense in it’s description and yes it is, but in a very drinkable way. Masses of grapefruit skin notes giving it a presence that forces you to take interest, you can feel the zest and life of it. Dry and hoppy, lasting on the palate, mouthwatering and very nice indeed.
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 07/08/2010
Big hop aroma. Clear golden coloured hoppy and citrus flavoured. Creamy on the palate with a bitter malt finish.
DanielBrown (4147) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pulled at Post Office Vaults, Birmingham. Smells great - sweet, thick hops. Taste is the same with a warming finish. Clean, strong and pure. Sweet, strong nectar in finish also. Greeeeat.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Cask in the Barton Arms.
Clean gold with a good white head and in excellent condition. Just like the Citra. Big tangerine and sweet booze and malt snout. Slight booze in the mouth, a hint of bitterness that is balanced out beautifully by the superb earthy malt and a lengthy boozy malt finish. Another well balanced cracker from Oakham.
jackl (5821) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ Live and Let Live. Light golden color with a medium white head. The nose is big fruity mango, pick-and-mix sweets, fruit leather, peaches. The taste is light syrup with loads of summer orchard fruit flavors. More mango and some pineapple. Grassy hop finish. Lip-smacking. The body’s a bit syrupy, soft carbonation. Overall, a very good west coast-inspired English IPA with plenty of bold flavors.
Scopey (9412) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at George, Croydon. It pours clear golden yellow with a medium white head. The nose is pissy hops, bitter-sweet aspect, tropical fruit, candy and freshly cut grass. The taste is crisp, bitter-sweet, mango, grapefruit, straw, floral, fruit salad sweets, resin and light alcohol bite with a lingering bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Balance, flavour and drinkability are all spot on. A delight to drink!
mR_fr0g (5839) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Tap East after velodrome session. Light hazed yellow golden coloured pour with a lasting thin white head. Aroma lemony, citra, hint of grassy, and background tropical fruit notes, mango. Little sharp and dank on the nose as well. Flavour is composed of soft ripe tropical citrus fruits, lemon, mango, apricot, but of nelson sauvin. Palate is beautiful cask condition, soft and effortless on the tongue. Damn Oakham can make some top notch hoppy cask ales. Malt profile is light and slightly biscuit, provides an excellent platform for the hops. Really food.