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


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (11120) - 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 (7117) - 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 (9837) - Wigston, 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
Cask @ Oxford Beer Festival, UK Backlog 23 Oct 2004
Not my kind of bitter. Though it didn’t taste of any squirrels it was still somewhat odd. Maybe woodsy is a word to describe the taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2004
Copper coloured beer, dry and malty taste, but unfortunately not much more. (Cask @ Lowes Arms, Denton)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Cask@St Albans BF. Some appley fruit, grainy malt, slightly orangey hops in the finish, decent bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13233) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2004
Cask Conditioned at Oxford Beer Festival 04. Amber coloured bitter with healthy head. Dry but still fruity bitter with a restrained hop note. Nicely balanced but still lacking an impact. A penny from each pint of this goes to Red Squirrel conservation, hopefully the animals not the brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2004
A darkish coloured bitter with a red tinge. Cloudy. I didn’t get much in the aroma department. What there was was mainly fruity malt. The flavour was also dominated by dry malt, with berry fruit and nuts. I found it a bit short of bitter hop presence for my taste. Dry finish. Perfectly drinkable, but I didn’t find it too exciting. Cask (gravity dispense) at St Albans Beer Festival.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2004
Cask Conditioned, at the St. Albans Beer Festival, 2004
Hazy, deep amber coloured body with a grey fine grey head. Christmas pudding malts and ripened fruit flavour. A brewery everybody is talking about at the moment. There are two casks in the Wenlock cellars at the moment trying to clear. The verdict is still out.

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