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


on tap

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask: Unfiltered; Bottle: Filtered. Regularly available
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13395) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2013
Cask conditioned at Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford. Brown to amber with white head. Full malty fruity beer, nicely bitter, bread-crust with a robust peachy edge. Plenty of depth and length on the palate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SaintMatty (6846) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2010
Cask (Egham Beer Festival - Summer 2010) - Copper coloured. Fruity aroma with raisns and caramel. Fruity taste with spicy malt, dried fruit and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (4796) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2012
Cask by handpump at Cavens Arms, Dumfries - clear copper ale, thin off-white head, caramel / floral hop aroma, caramel and biscuit flavour, high carbonation, medium body, bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mighty_meadow (308) - 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 14/20
Swaroga (2111) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 5, 2016
The beer is clear brown with small head. Aroma has some flowers, delicate honey, old bread, toast, sugar. Watery with delicate carbonation. Another English thirst quencher without complexity but with quite satisfying malt backbone. Still nothing amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nilz (503) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Cask at ’munro’s’ Glasgow. A mild amber with a fair off-white head. Aroma of some flowery notes and malt. Taste a slight sweetness, malt and a mild bitter finish. A pleasant ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40864) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2013
50 cl bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is hoppy, greasy grapefruity. Bitter, toasted malty and medium dry into the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18719) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle at chriso’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6074) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (1900) - 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.

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