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


on tap

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RATINGS: 128   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
@ Queen Hotel, Swansea. Amber. Thick sparkler head. Mellow malty character with a mild caramel accent on the palate. Quick, sessionable pint. The nose has a nice spicy hop accent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (36362) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ NWAF 10, National Winter Ales Festival, The Venue, Sheridan Suite, Manchester, England.

Clear medium amber orange color with a small to average, fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting - diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, molasses, caramel, fruity, light hoppy, light yeasty, UK yeast. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100122]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Papsoe (25079) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2010
Cask. Clear deep golden with hardly any head. Lightly tart, fruity nose. Thin and watery, a little nutiness with a vague underlying tartness. No real bitterness. Extremely thin and bland. 220110

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (13118) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2010
Draught@Le Moulin de Lecq, Jersey
Clear copper-amber color, steady creamy off-white head. Aroma is nutty, woody smooth (nitro) palate. Light flavors. Some nutty and caramelly notes, light bitterness. Bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gary (1476) - Boosting beer @ London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2010
cask. Theakston old was a beer that I uesta love ,7 years ago when I was 21. Yet I expected nothing but a flat ,warm and boring brew with this Theakston offering and got what I visualized , just like everything in my life .,
Headless and soulless beer. Everything is dusty , the yeast and fruity apple esters...spicy rounded hop...caramel malt sweetness. Its ok but subdued and lacking interest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (6831) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2010
Cask at the Salisbury Pub, Manchester. Relatively pale. Astringently bitter, and a long lasting bitter finish. OK malt character, with caramel notes coming through. A round a mellow malt flavor. Still a rather unsatisfying beer, though interesting. Peppery hop bitterness lasted for about an hour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1614) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2010
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 Cask conditioned at The Lowther, York (4/7/2012). Medium white head. Gold to amber body. Sulphur, hoppy, caramel. Bitter. Dry finish. 6 4 5 3 12 ### Cask at the White Bear in Masham (18/4/2014). Medium white head. Gold body. White sherbet, spice, red fruit. Tangy and bitter. Dry finish. 6 3 6 3 12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Charlieboy (58) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
My favourite session pint, floral and lemon and lime aroma. Rich malt palate with tangy fruit and a dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14218) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2009
Cask at GBBF 2009. The number of standard British beers I’d not rated sometimes frightened me. Clear gold with slightly yeasty aroma. Touch of tingly hop on end. a little dusty. Not too much malt, some caramel. Fine if erring on the bland side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2009
On handpull at GBBF ’09, a golden amber with an off-white head. A generous floral malt aroma. The malty palate is quite earthy, dominating any hop flavour.

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