Brewed by Upham
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bishops Waltham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask & bottle; Regular.
Previously 4.6%

Rich Premium Bitter

Aroma: A fruity hop aroma
Colour: Deep chestnut
Flavour: Stakes has a robust bitterness with discernible hints of grapefruit and toffee that come from a blend of Northdown, Challenger and Cascade hops. This premium ale is brewed with both rye and barley which makes it satisfying, robust and moreish.

ianwelby's rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ianwelby (1021) - - APR 27, 2013
Clear copper pint with a thick creamy head. Not much aroma at all. Nut and malt taste and itís an almost creamy beer. Not special bit I could drink it at a push.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (13067) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2015
Draught (Regal (JDW), Cambridge)
Woh - this is a time machine! Iím back in the 80s. Every beer tasted like this back then. A dull bitter, undergrowthy and a bit minerally. Not a bitter for me. Not really any brewing flaws, itís just a style that doesnít do it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (9605) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Cask, The Highcross, Leicester. Amber brown with a cream head. Aromas are toffee with raisins and lemon. Dusty yeast with herbal notes and green apple. Flavours are nutty weetabix with bittersweet lemon and a green apple bite. Raisins with a bready, dry finish. Merely OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mighty_meadow (305) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Pint in the Salt Cot ( JDW) Malty aroma and taste. Slight citrus in the finish. Looks good and as usual for this pub, well kept but nothing much to distinguish it from other beers of this style. In saying that, it was just what I was looking for today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1568) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) on the 21st February 2015. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear tawny in colour with a thin white head. slight malty aroma with warm yeasty bread overtones present. Thin weak mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts give a mild maltloaf base with hints of berry fruit but too weak to identify. Dusty earthy flavour to the hop prickle giving a weak bitter aftertaste. Finish is malty but rather weak as it runs out of legs - needing more oomph as you would think this was more like a 3.6% instead. A poor session ESB, lacking in body and depth of flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (1586) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A deep brown colour with a thin off white head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel and biscuit. Taste is pretty much the same. Soft carbonation and medium bodied. A lingering bitter aftertaste. An average traditional bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5829) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Pale copper with a loose cream head; aroma of sour grains; sweet malty taste; and a dry biscuity finish. A straightforward traditional bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (1084) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 23, 2014
Cask at the Encore, Southampton. Pours dark brown with a white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. A little oily. Bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
On cask at wagon works, jdw, eastleigh. Pours mid brown with off white head. Ok withouth standing out. Averageness in a glass. Some caramel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
Cask at The Bell in Waltham st Lawrence. Necked this quickly to get something better. A dull light brown beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (17802) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle at chrisoís Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013 - London. Pours clear, dark gold with a frothy white cap. Leafy hops in the nose, wood, dry bread. Light sweet flavor with faint tangy fruits, bread, caramel. Light bodied with average carbonation. Mild sweetness to finish, simple bready malts, leafy bitterness. Fine.

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