Brewed by Hanlonís (prev OíHanlonís)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Occasional. Also available bottle conditioned, mainly for export to America.
Has been seen as Royal Oak Pale Ale and Royal Oak Traditional Bitter.
Ingredients: Optic Pale, Crystal, and Torrified Wheat malts; Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
"Royal Oak is a pale ale of noble character in the grand tradition of British country brewing. Classically deep amber, rich in malt and fragrant with hop aroma, itís a rounded, soft ale of beautifully balanced complexity and lasting finish."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zvsn (1653) - ISRAEL - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Vova. BBD 12/2008. Hazy amber brown no head. Smell of honey, prunes, raisins, caramel. Sweet, oxidized, honey, raisins, soy and yeast flavors. Medium-bodied, sticky.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
rayaron (1391) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle sample at Vovaís Hoppy Beerthday tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin, Tel Aviv. Thanks Vova. BBD 26/12/2008. Brownish-amber with no head. Aroma of raisin and sweet port wine, feels quite old. Very sweet flavor, kind of old port wine, lots of raisin, watery. Flat, medium-bodied. Too old.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14091) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
From the file last updated in 2010. Pours dark amber. Malty aroma. Flavor is roast malt and floral hop. Liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sissio (1278) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 26, 2014
On tap in Folgaria Clear amber, cappucino head Light caramel, a hint of pear, very drinkable and quite refreshing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (6037) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Light, wooden amber with a huge, sculpted, tan head. Scent is caramel, pear, apple. Taste is tart fruit, toffee, bready. Nice woody/herbal bitter. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6347) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2012
Royal Oak Traditional Bitter (on label): 500ml Brown bottle, bottle conditioned beer, best before 20th Apr 2010, drank 22nd Dec 2009. Poured into my íOld Speckled Hení pint vase. Very little head sat on top of my deep, dark amber beer, the body was almost see through. The beer is supposed to be made to an 1896 recipe using original methods, not sure the original would have been this clear. My garage was cold today and the beer might be suffering because of that (no head for instance) , very little smell at first, then as it warmed a hoppy aroma mixed with malted biscuits began to arrive. Later an English apple orchard and country garden fragrance added to the enjoyment within the smells. Hoppy flavour, not overpowering, but hops dominate the taste, be the beer cold or warming. A good quality Bitter with all the attributes to make it an agreeable drink. The 5% ABV sits happily within the brew and although not hidden, is masked well by the lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Should have allowed the beer to warm up more before starting the review, but I was thirsty! The beer might even have had a íchill hazeí it was so cold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1589) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2012
First tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2006. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thin white head. Sweet biscuity aroma laced with toffee, short in intensity. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts give a clear digestive biscuit base with bags of tart redcurrant fruit full in the mouth. Strong and spicy notes to the bitter hop resins, building up a woody flavour to the long aftertaste. Finish is malty with dry vinous cask notes present throughout. This is a traditional style of ESB and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5684) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
500ml bottle pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a big beige head that settles to some really nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and some nice aromatic hops. Taste is toasty malted sweetness with some nuttiness and a mild hoppy bitter finish. A very nicely balanced beer with a medium body and spritzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
500ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a rich reddy brown with large off-white head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is sweetish and earthy with a touch of dough. Flavour to match, with even more dough -- a bit like a toasted hot cross bun! Vaguely watery mouthfeel but not enough to detract.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
JDBaker11058 (1935) - Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Appearance: muddy amber, with a quickly dissipating bubbly head. Aroma: light and subtle hops, malty grains. Taste: crisp, bright hops and sour fruit followed by dark brown toast with a hint of sweet malted caramel. Finish: medium and dry, nice balance of hops and malt. Notes: Not bad. Good shot of carbonation up front, and not too hoppy. Actually pretty drinkable, although the flavors arenít exactly my preference..

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