imdownthepub (9165) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask Conditioned at The White Horse, Oxford. Golden beer with White fluffy head. Wow, thought I had missed out, this beer went in a session at Oxford beer Festival and was also voted Beer of the Festival, but there was a rumour that The White Horse pub had craftily placed it on. I was instantly impressed with a very hoppy fragrant light bitter. Long sweetish tangy flavours, hints of marmalade and lemon zest. This was the perfect finish to a long day, an exceptionally well brewed craft bitter, lovely.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask @ The Rock of Gibraltar, Oxon, UK Backlog 21 Oct 2004
The pumpclip jumped at me as I opened the door to the pub, begging me...no, demanding me to drink. So... Thank you, pumpclip! What a great beer. And that as the first from a brand new brewery! What will become of this? It is a very refreshing and hoppy beer. Still full bodied and sweet. And a bit malty too.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask. I had this several times while in Oxford, and in pubs that were away from the tourists and students, which was wonderful. Gold and copperish in color, with a white head that dissipated to a ring and lacey surface. Aroma was sweet, with its hop and malt characteristics clear. Smooth and silk-like to the mouth and palate. A little oily, but nothing bad. In fact it was sweet compared to most bitters, but well balanced. Wheaty taste of the malts and bitterness of the hops was well matched. Bitterness lingered at the finish, but not too strong. Each time it was fresh and was a great session beer, which I practiced a few times. One of the better ones, although I defer the final verdict to my English friends who are exposed to so many great bitters.
Fin (6640) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Merton Beer Festival Sat 18th Feb Cask conditioned.
I have had this on a number of occasions and thoroughly enjoyed this once again, strangely I think I have enjoyed this more in the summer as itís maybe a little light during the cold, dark months of winter, but itís a belter nonetheless.
One of those beers where despite never excelling in each individual department the pooling together of all provides for a superb session bitter. A slightly darker than golden beer with a pleasany hoppy aroma, loads of great zingy flavours jump out a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Excellent. By the way as a previous reviewer mentioned the pumpclip and logo is superb and very simple.
KingsHead (32) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, gravity dispense Kings Head Fritwell, very nice session bitter, got to get this back in the cellar soon
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, GBBF 05. Golden/orange with a small head. Aromas are pear, kiwi, apricot and citrus - zesty with caramel malts, spices and herbs, lots going on. Flavours are soft buttery malts with lots of fruit. Bitter sweet hops finish this beer off nicely. All this flavour from a 3.7%er.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, Turf Tavern, Oxford. Shiny copper with beautiful milk white foam, fine around the edges, coarse in the middle. Truely a glorious pint to behold. Delicate, flowery aroma, oranges and apples. Very soft and pretty. Slowly building marmalade bitterness, tart plum esters, soft malt. A delicate but wonderfully flavorful beer.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned and handpulled at the VAT & Fiddle, Nottingham. The epitome of summer session bitter drinking. Clear amber brown body, thin creamy head, caramel tang on a creamy palate with creeping bitterness towards the end/.
mnmike (942) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at a cozy little pub. Served with the utmost care from the cask by the bartender. Very good experience with this bitter.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Cask at the Wellington, Bedford. Pale Golden with a small beige head. Grassy hop aroma. The taste is mildly citric with a little malt, but the hops dominate. If you dropped into an English country pub on a hot afternoon in search of a refreshing, uncomplicated sessionable bitter, and you still had a few miles to walk, this is what you would want to be served. 15.8.07. Cask at Cotswold Arms, Burford, Oxfordshire. Rated 5,4,5,4,13:3.1 10.2.08 Cask at St Aldates Tavern, Oxford. Rated 6,4, 6,,4,13: 3.3