dogen (30) - ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my kind of nectar. Draught at the holy in etruria. Golden body, foamy white head. Smells of warmed pineapple. Tastes of mango. Dry, hoppy finish. Lord, it’s nearly 6% and I’ve quaffed it in a trice.
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand pulled cask at the Farmers Boy, St. Albans. I was delighted to see this here, as it had sold out on my visit to the Peterborough BF two weeks earlier. A 20th anniversary celebration beer from my favourite brewery had to be something special and this certainly did not disappoint. Clear gold with a lively unsparkled collar. Pungent exotic US hop aroma followed by the magnificent balance of a multi layered tropical fruit hop profile and clean juicy malts, that so few breweries seem to come close to. Stunning! I’d also like to recommend the Farmers Boy which always seems to stock a selection of Oakham cask beers (4 on this occasion) as well as a house beer brewed out the back at the consistently creative Verulam brewery.
OwainTurner (305) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 A slightly cloudy yellow ale with a soup bubble head. Strong grapefruit aroma, fruity. Incredible flavour, dry hops, grapefruit and lemon with a warmth follow, slight winter spice. Amazing IPA, very good indeed
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 Gravity, Tamworth BF, 06/09/13. Smells like Kelly Brook’s armpit. The left one. Slight marbled white over pale brilliant orange. Hop magnificence bristling with perfume and stewed, sweat-like greenery; ganja, curry leaf and grapefruit. Biscuits in deep deep expensive tea. It really does hum of armpit. Smooth full body. Was considering tipping a little (been running, it’s lunchtime, long day ahead full of intoxication and engagements..) but to do so would be a reprehensible act of sacrilege.
DanielBrown (3771) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Wellington, Birmingham. Delicious. Outstanding. You take it for granted that Oakham will continually produce these beautiful hoppy beasts, but by Jove the quality is good. This has ideal sweet/sour combination: like a shoe. The finish teeters towards sickly, but then swerves and becomes celestial. Love.
imdownthepub (10123) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask conditioned at Charters Bar, Peterborough, Cambs. Gold with white head. Full, hoppy beer, refreshing with loads of dry hoppiness. Citrus, grapefruit and kiwi fruit. Long on the palate. Terrific.
mr_h (2799) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask by handpump at State Bar, Glasgow - clear golden amber, thin white head, lovely grapefruit, citrusy aroma, thin film of lacing, citrus hop flavour, beautifully balanced with raisiny maltiness, dry bitter hop finish
RichTheVillan (2688) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at The Wellington; golden amber pour with foamy white head, resinous pine aroma, pine taste and some nettles a hint of grapefruit decent level of bitterness, excellent stuff.
mR_fr0g (2847) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the St Albans beer festival 2013. Aroma is tea citrus and hedgerow hop. Golden colour thin white head. Flavour has juocy peach and tangerine. Some caramel malt. Very good.
evergreen0199 (1994) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at St Albans beer festival 2013, Herts. A golden/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, tropical fruit aroma. Tastes hoppy, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, malty, slightly bitter and rich. 2 pints of this went down very quickly, this is my kind of beer.