Brewed by Theakston
Style: Bitter
Masham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular.
Changed from 3.6% to 3.8% in 2004.
Previously brewed under contract at John Smiths at Tadcaster due to lack of capacity at Masham. Production returned to Masham in 2009.
This fine, golden coloured beer has a full flavour that lingers pleasantly on the palate. With a good bitter-sweet balance this beer has a robust hop character described as citrus and spicy. It’s a refreshing and very satisfying pint – noted for the aroma of its Fuggles and dry hopping strain Golding to add to its characteristic Theakston aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
anders37 (19402) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2006
Cask @ JDW, Heathrow. Pours a copper colour with a small off-white head. Fruity malty aroma with some hints of hops. Fruity malty slightly bitter flavor. Malty bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - SEP 4, 2006
Found this beer rating in an old suit the other day, so it’s from several months ago. Cask. Pulls a dark amber, thick white head, almost nitro style. Nose is slightly macrobrewery malt, hops, pine cone? Tastes malty, some sweet hoppy bitterness, and finishes bitter. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2006
(Cask at Carnarvon Castle, Liverpool, 26 July) Colour is amber with frothy head. Nose is malty and nutty with a neutral caramel aroma. Taste is malty and nutty with dried fruit and some artificial tasting caramel. A bit sweet and hints of hops in the finish (did they only dry hop the beer?). Not bad, probably better than when it was under the wings of Scotish Courage, but still a fairly boring brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2006
Not as red in body as previous bitters a touch more preferable, a little bit smoother but once again nothing standing out too much, some dried fruit in taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 18/03/2001 Smooth on the palate with some fruit flavour in the aftertaste. 2. Keg Handpump at the Ring O Bells, Weaverham 28/03/2003 AMber golden coloured and malty with a slight hop finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Border Rambler, Carlisle 28/04/2004 Golden amber coloured with some sour fruit aroma. Slightly bitter dry malt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
Cask @ Golden Lion, Dover. 4 February, 2006
Very bland. Made not to harm and very boring. Nothing technically wrong but just dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
Aroma is balanced and maybe a bit minimal, but only goodness going on. Taste is very sessionable balanced goodness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Who will know that I would like a beer like a BItter?. Well, before it got all settled, I tried and was a little really bitter, but after it was refreshing, and cold enough for being a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2005
[cask at theakston brewery] clear amber colour. Fruity nose with some herbal notes. body is a bit thin, some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iamjond (7) - ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
A really nice bitter. I have some very happy memories of this stuff. My personal experience is that the bottles taste a lot better than cask. Great shame that it’s been made virtually extinct by Theakston’s Cool Cask which is a very average ale. I can’t find the bottles on anymore anymore :( and only know one pub with it on tap. I guess it’s not so popular because of it’s low alcohol content. Sometimes it’s good just to have a great tasting beer. It doesn’t have to always be about getting drunk quick. Too often breweries are replacing great light beers with super strength crap.

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