Brewed by Phoenix (Oak Brewing Co.)
Style: Bitter
Heywood, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7117) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
Small coarse offwhite head. Paleish slightly hazy yellow body. Vague floral aroma. Dryish floral fruity taste with elderberry notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Light body. Dryish fruity wine grape aftertaste with spicy herbal notes. Nice, but a bit low on flavour. (0.284l cask at Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (5759) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2012
21st April: opening of the refurbished ‘Elephant and Castle’ in Dawley, Shropshire. Hand pulled pint of a golden misty body, on top a thin crown of white bubbles sat throughout the tasting. The smell was of citrusy hops with floral overtones, only a suggestion of malts in the nose. The taste was a pleasant blend of those aforementioned hop flavours and a malt caramel feel. Body depth fine for the alcohol content: an OK beer but no world beater.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5740) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2008
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell.Pale gold with a loose white head; citrus aroma; strong sharp grapefruit flavour; full and dry at first then becoming sweeter. A sharp bitter finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2006
Some roasted honey notes, with bittering hos coming in as the pint goes on, not bad, however not too easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5510) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 May, 2004 JDW Victoria Station. Dropped in to the JDW at Victoria Station on the way home after the Friday session at the Reading Beer fest to find this on the pump. Hmm - the beer has more body than a 3.8%, in fact I considered it to be a Golden Ale that was heading toward an APA in style, which wouldn’t be the case for a 3.8% session beer. Moderate levels of citric bite and a mucky balance between crisp and sweet. [2.8]
July 2007 Kent Beer fest Sweet and juicy with a good bitter nibble. Well contained and well balanced. An enjoyable drop. [3.5]
July, 2013 JDW, Rochester. Great citric fruit character - good marriage of hops and malt. Pale orange colour. Phoenix have long used American hops in an appropriate manner, and this is a good example. [3.1]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Cask @ Foot of the Walk, Leith. Warm honey-gold with stable head. Aroma is yeasty with mushroom, and some sulfuric vegetation. Soft, oily palate. FLavors are better, with roasted mushroom and nice hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4519) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Cask, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled, Crystal Palace, Glasgow (16 Jan 2016), weak grain aroma, amber with a thin, white head and excellent lacing, orange, grain flavour, oily with a harsh bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4340) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2004
Hand pulled at the Briar Rose (JDW), Birmingham. Orange colour, no head. Delicious brew. Fruity, light; yet thick, sweet, hoppy and fulsome. Lemon/orange citric tart finish. I tend to agree with Silk here, this is a Golden Ale tending towards APA. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Golden with a small white head. Sweet honey aroma is promising, but not a lot else is going on here except for a medium hoppy taste. No sign of the fruits for me. 27.10.10 Cask at ’Spoons Milton Keynes, during, though not officially a part of the ’Spoons Beer Festival ’10. Very similar sentiments this time: undemanding and dull is what I wrote. Rating: 6,3,5,3,10:2.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nekronos (3955) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 22, 2006
Really hard to explain, very bitter but a little like dry, not really good, but not bad at all. I like the aroma, the foam too.

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