Brewed by Oakleaf
Style: Bitter
Gosport, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Brewed to the traditional recipe, Pompey Royal is a sweet and malty ale with a delicate hop finish.
Based on a Whitbread beer called Pompey Royal that replaced Brickwoods Best Bitter when Whitbread brought the brewery and closed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2011
Cask (gravity dispense) at Kingston Beer Festival on 13 May 2011. Dark amber colour. Loose off-white head. Very fruity aroma. Some initial sweetness on the palate but dries out a bit in the middle. Fruit is quite deep and rich but finishes a bit sweet and low on hop. I remember the old Brickwoods version and, to be honest I always found the original a bit sweet and heavy on caramel for my taste, so I guess this is a fairly faithful reproduction.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1837) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2011
Cask - The Bell Hotel (JDW), Norwich. Small & creamy lasting off-white head depositing an even lace atop a slightly unclear copper body. Orange and a mid fruit maltiness all over. Bit of toffee on the aroma. Slight spritz on the tongue. P’raps not in the best condition. Slightly tangy & yeasty on the palate. Finished dryish with a marmalade-esque pithy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2010

Cask @ Brasserie 4:20, Via Portuense 82, Roma, Italy.

Unclear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, moderate hoppy, orange, overripped fruit hoppy - yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100601]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (20437) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy caramel aroma with some yeasty hints. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2288) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2009
Cask @Ascot Beer Festival 2009. Pours a good amber colour with a thin white head, good aroma of hops, and a hint of caramel. The finish is sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9101) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2009
Cask, The Criterion, Leicester. Light copper with a small foam. Aromas are nutty with toffee malts. Fruity with some lemon sherbet. Flavours are spritzy and fresh with toffee malts and hints of liquorice. Some herbal notes. A nicely balanced bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1669) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Cask at the Queen’s Head, Chelmsford, Essex on 27th Aug 2008. Amber coloured premium bitter. A balance of malt and hop sways quickly to the latter with grassy hop flavours abounding through the kick and finish with a very satisfying combination of mouthfeel and herby hop delicately softened by the malt presence. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Cask at the Rake, 5th June 09. Deep reddish amber with a warm malty taste. Sweet yet has some balancing dryness and is very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2009
Hinckley Spoons. Silky Darjeeling humming softly with quality. Tea amber with fine lace. Herbal grassy hop, lemon and orange, caramel malt. Honey and cream afters. Soft and easy.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2009
Cask, JDW, Carlisle. I remember this vaguely as a Whitbread copy years ago. Very metallic aroma and taste - the kind of beer that frustrates me about the UK beer scene. Pale brown, faintly hoppy and very unexciting - why bother resurrecting a beer that Whitbread destroyed years ago, that was average then. Have some imagination.........

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