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


on tap

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RATINGS: 140   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. 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 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 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6746) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 An excellent real ale cask bitter. I wonder if you guys who don’t like it really like English bitters at all??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Charlieboy (60) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
A real nice pint with late EKG hop addition in the end. Just lovely hop persona and balance is good too. Could have some cascade hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sissio (1302) - Orsenigo, ITALY - APR 12, 2014
On tap at Birratrovo in Como. Very drinkable beer. Nice bitter. Some malts, hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hrothgar950 (141) - Mabelvale, Arkansas, USA - JUN 21, 2012
On cask at brewery visitor center. Clean aroma. Golden yellow with white head. Light fruity flavor with good expression of hops, and a slight malty background. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itstasty (49) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Cask. Superb delivery at the Cover Bridge inn East Witton Yorkshire. Bronze with a solid off white head. Floral on the nose without being sickly. Medium mouthfeel, classic English (Yorkshire) bitter. Nice balance of fruitiness and hops with just the right amount of bitterness. Not over complex and great for slaking....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ralphdot (1041) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2012
3.8%. amber colour with a good head, malt aroma bitter malt taste, a good standard English draught bitter.

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