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


on tap

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - 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 (3646) - 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 (1109) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29851) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
[Cask at GBBF 2004] An orange beer with white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of honey, while the flavor is fruity combined with honey and a bitter end, but the body is thin.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2005
Nitrokegged in the Waterhead hotel, Ambleside. If it had any beerlike aroma it was masked by the nitro and the cold serving temperature. Flavour inoffensive, but I should have gone for wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fr21555 (4) - USA - MAY 6, 2005 does not count
One of the greatest ales there are. It’s certainly one of my favorites if not #1. An excellent session beer when you can find it well kept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - APR 15, 2005
[Cask conditioned] Amber coloured. Fruity aroma. Very nice flavour. Hoppy, herbal. spicy and bitter. Full bodied. I was very surprised to read all the bad ratings of this great brew. Very underrated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Agreeable malty aroma and good colour though head was thinnish. Flavour had pleasant notes of citrus but the finish lacked the bitterness I wanted. Would buy it again if I was thirsty. 2.1.08 Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Amber with a small white head. Buttered toast malt aroma. Sweet fruity taste. Some bitterness. Pretty sound. Rated 3.3

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 28, 2004
Very below average bitter, no real body, or head. It is fairly easy to drink, however you end up getting bored half way through it.

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