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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1811) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (8637) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2012
(cask@Catford Bridge Tavern) Pours amber with good off white head. Good lacing and medium body. Aroma of malty caramel. Taste is fruity and toasted caramel malts. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - AUG 31, 2004
cask at the peterborough beer fest 2004. As the description states, a traditional bitter, dark brown borderring on red, with a complex balance of malt and hops, with none too dominant. very full bodied for abv. support this brewery as it has to contend with long established major micro Mc Mullens in rural hertfordshire.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5557) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
JDW, Hemel Hempstead. Christmas 2013. A local beer. I enjoyed this. Easy drinking and nicely flavoured. Nothing excessive. Just well built.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9669) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
Cask at The Horse & Groom, Caulcott, Nr Lower Heyford, Oxon, 31.07.11 Pours amber with slim white head. Nice bitterness, touch of burnt caramel, chocolatey, with plenty of cocoa powder, tasty bitter with furry bitterness. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17337) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2011
Cask gravity at Ale and Bakehouse Westgate on Sea. Deep reddish brown bitter. Very decent best bitter. Rich malts and good bitter leafy hkp on finish. Sessionable best bitter of good character good condition and just plain good bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6842) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2013
Cask (Edgar Wallace, Strand, London) - Dark brown in colour. Chocolate, dried fruit and biscuity malt in the aroma. The taste is fruity, malty and chocolatey with notes of raisins and fruitcake detected alongside chocolate sponge pudding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (2617) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2015
From cask at Berkhamsted Brewery Shop, Pours a light amber with a rich tan head. The smell is citrus, fruit, toasted grain. The taste is toasted grain, fruit, very dry and grainy end - very drinkable. Light+ body with nice fine carbonation. Another well made beer by Red Squirrel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13374) - 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 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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