Brewed by Red Squirrel
Style: Bitter
Hemel Hempstead, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Cask; Regular.
A popular, traditional bitter. Made using crystal and chocolate malt flavoured with Challenger hops to give a full-bodied, malty, session bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vladivostok (237) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2010
Very dark bitter with the distinctive aroma of roast malts. Bittering hops are evident but aroma hops seem conspicuous by their absence. Short mid-mouth finish. Overall impression is of a beer which resembles those early home brew experiments we all indulged in while in our late teens. A million miles from the sort of thing the big boys would brew, which I guess is in its favour, but I would be hard pushed to stomach more than one. Whilst I am all behind the sentiment expressed in the beer’s title, to me such an in your face espousal of a cause can be a bit off-putting. Perhaps a little more subtlety is required in both the beer and its nomenclature!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands England B2 5SN.

Clear dark red - orange amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, sour notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, peat - smoke, light peppery. Body is medium, texture is oily and light sticky, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100115]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2010
Cask. Slightly hazy orangey brown with an off-white head. Lightly burned caramel notes in the nose. Light body, flat, light nutty accents and a whiff of peaty smoke and ashes. Dry, hoppy finish. 150110

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
evergreen0199 (2011) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2009
Cask at Land of Liberty & Plenty pub in Chorleywood. A copper coloured ale with a small head. Malty aroma. Fruity taste, slightly hoppy, lacking in complexity, a rather bland ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2009
Gravity cask at the Harpenden Beer Festival 26 Jun 09. Crystal-clear reddish brown bitter with small whitish head. Nutty malt aromas initially then beer becomes very bitter. Softly textured mouthfeel and a dry, bitter finish. Quality was very good indeed at this festival, and I have not awarded the high rating lightly.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Finn (4167) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2006
Cask/gravity at The St Albans Beer Festival 28 Sep 06. Dark brown coloured. A small lasting off-write head. Malty flavour with hardly any other taste impressions after that.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (8044) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2006
Clear and deep copper coloured with a brownish tint. Thin layer of foam. Ripe fruit notes in aroma. Moderate bitter sweet flavour with a component of dark berries and malty hints behind. Rounded taste. An average English bitter (Half on gravity at The St Albans Beer Festival, 28.09.2006).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2006
A Mes rate: Cask at a JDW somewhere. Almost very good but there is an awful metalic overtone that hangs around like a bad smell. Nose is actually pretty good. Delicate spice and some vanilla and just a dab of tobacco. Copper colour. Reasonably hoppy and malty and that is pretty much it really. Slight sweetness and some berries. Not the most complex of beers. Looking at the rest of the rates and no one mentioning the strong metal that I noted, then I think there may have been something wrong with my sample. I ended up feeling like i had bitten my lip and I had blood in my mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8068) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2006
Cask, Derby Winter Fest 06. Brown and red with a bubbly head. Aromas are malty with chocolate and berries has a decent level of hopping. Flavours are properly malty with berries. Sweet and fruity with a slight sourness on the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bittermansid (3) - SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2005 does not count
Much improved over previous samples of it - above average. Nice colour, and pleasant hoppiness - malty too, but in perfect balance.

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