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


on tap

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   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. Itís a refreshing and very satisfying pint Ė noted for the aroma of its Fuggles and dry hopping strain Golding to add to its characteristic Theakston aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (13032) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2008
Cask (Penny Black, Bicester)
Rich brown, sparkler head. Not lacking in subtlety, but alas lacking in sophistication. Punchy raw maltiness, a bit flat and oxidised. Probably old. Should rerate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - MAY 7, 2008
Cereal, malt and liquorice nose, some herbs. Sweetish. quite nice but I lost interest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2008
Light yellow oclored, little yellow head. Lemony, soapy aroma with some berries and hoppy bitterness. Thin to medium bodied. Flavor starts with slight chocolate and fruits, aftertaste turns to finely bitter with still some chocolate. Well, good one, still slightly watery palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
Thistle Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland, 15.08.05, draught and very cold, but I drank it with dinner. The color is dark amber and the head has big bobbles. The aroma is hoppy with notes of caramel, and the flavour has notes of aroma hops, caramel and a bit of fruit. The bitterness is nice, and itís an really OK Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (5278) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2008
On cask at Punch Tavern, London. Gold colour. Hoppy and eggy. Smooth. Flavour of coriander. Nice bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (562) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
Nitro-keg at the Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield 22/08/2007. A golden colour with a floral aroma. Taste is floral with light citric undertones. Smooth to drink. A simple, easy-drinking bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7110) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
Cask at The Whitelocks Pub, Leeds. Pours a clear golden-orange with an average size lasting creamy white head. Nice lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt, fruit and light hops. Slightly sweet, malty, fruity flavour with some light hops and a light bitter finish. Average bodied. Pretty good, I wish it was a bit hoppier but nevertheless itís a good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervis (243) - Taylorís Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2007
Tasty session bitter - deep copper with small creamy head, light tangy hops, biscuity. Mouthfeel a little thin but smooth as silk - a good pint.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2007
Pale amber coloured ale, light hop nose, with a light fruity malt with little bitterness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2007
[CASK: The Salisbury Ale House, Manchester 24/06/06] As the main brew for Theakstons I can help but wish for a bit more... This is just my opinion. This is a popular ale and is quite tasty. I myself prefer something a little stronger. Not bad, just not great either.

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