Upham Reviews




Garrold
3.6
Upham Autumn Leaves
Cask. The Globe, Sheffield. Kennyís stag do. Clear, light chestnut brown. Thin, dense, creamy, off white head. Nose has cake mix. Raisins. Caramel malts. Notes of coffee. Taste is light, nutty bitter. Light body. Easy drinking. Light, nutty, slightly dry finish. Nice one.
Monday, September 26, 2016

Swaroga
3.2
Upham Stakes
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.
Friday, August 05, 2016

SaintMatty
3.1
Upham Fields Of Gold
Cask (Red Lion, Overton) - Golden/light amber. Bready aroma with notes of citrus and grain. Grain, orange peel and grassy hops in the taste.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

SilkTork
2.8
Upham Stakes
500ml dark bottle, filtered, from Tesco. This is quite a rich bitter, with good chocolate notes. Thereís some lingering tobacco flavoured bittering hops, but this is more about the malt, so itís my sort of beer. There is a lack of character about the beer - itís fairly clean, flat, and lacking in interest, and itís under-carbonated which simply emphasises its lack of life, but the robust chocolate malt goes a little way toward compensating. I quite liked this, but canít see myself getting excited about drinking another one.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BeerNinjaUK
2.3
Upham Tipster
Pint in local pub. Light aroma of wheat, grass, grapefruit and pine. Fairly insipid on the palate but quite drinkable.
Friday, July 08, 2016

CraftBeerNick
2.7
Upham Punter
Cask at George and Dragon, Swallowfield, 2nd May 16. Pours copper colour. Standard, fairly watery, easy drinking bitter
Monday, May 02, 2016

Scottishchris
2.6
Upham Punter
Bottle from will. Pours clear and each Amber brown, clingy white head. Cereal malt nose. Medium thin body, very low carb. Light fruit, a bit of wood and slightly sour after taste. Watery finish. Meh.
Sunday, April 17, 2016

ManVsBeer
2.7
Upham Tipster
Halifax & Calder Beer Festival 2015. Clear golden-blonde coloured. Has a fair hop-malt balance, with the former as its base, and the latter more dominant in taste.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

BlackHaddock
2.7
Upham Punter
Cask pint in the Victoria Station Wetherspoons on 9th Feb 2016. Amber/gold pour, white topping. Strange aroma and taste: blended dry finish with both a semi-sweetness grainy feel and a fruity, earthy, woody twist. Not the best beer I had after Grimsby Town had won at Bromley earlier in the evening.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

prawlie
3.1
Upham Punter
Cask at The Butler in Reading. Dry, earthy, light fruit, woody. Slightly warming, not for me, but did grow on me a bit as it went down.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

berkshirejohn
3.1
Upham Winterís TíAle
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. Chestnut with a tight cream head; sour grainy aroma; sweet and syrupy in the mouth, with a body of sour grains that blends uneasily with a treacly sweetness; and a malty finish. Disappointing.
Friday, December 04, 2015

berkshirejohn
2.9
Upham EPA
Cask at the Goose, Bracknell. Pale amber with a loose white head; orchard fruit aroma; sour fruity taste; and a cidery finish. Not good - but deserves another try.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

SaintMatty
2.7
Upham Tipster
Cask (White Hart, Overton) - Golden with a white head. Lemon, cream and earthy notes in the aroma. Biscuity and slightly earthy taste with lemon, lime and grain.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

yiannnos
2.1
Upham Punter
Cask. Amber colour with a white head. Bready, light body. Finishes dry. I did not like this
Friday, August 14, 2015

wheresthepath
2.7
Upham Punter
Cask at The Turks, Reading. Amber, thin white head. Quite fruity, but not enough to overcome the butterscotch. A bit too sweet, although there is a little dryness in the rather grubby finish. Not one Iíd choose again.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

FatPhil
3
Upham Stakes
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.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

berkshirejohn
2.7
Upham Sprinter
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. Straw coloured with a thin white head that leaves lots of lacing; grassy aroma; over sweet, grainy body, with a light grassy bitterness; and a sweet finish. Much too sweet for me.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

joe19612
2.9
Upham Punter
Bottle. Pours a light brown colour with with a mid size white, aroma is light malt, the taste is light with some bitterness, the finish is dry.
Sunday, April 19, 2015

joe19612
2.7
Upham Tipster
Bottle. Pours a dark orange colour with a thin white head, light malt aroma with a hint of fruit, the taste is light with some bitterness with a thin dry finish.
Sunday, April 19, 2015

leaparsons
2.7
Upham Stakes
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.
Monday, March 23, 2015

JorgeLee
2.9
Upham Punter
Gravity from a keg around Twickenham with Rick. A very English bitter, mid-brown in colour, slightly fruity, some yeast for sure, balanced spicy hop. Sessionable enough to survive Mothers Day the day after! Ok.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

imdownthepub
2.7
Upham Tipster
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Gold with white head. Quite a basic beer with a perfumed edge to it. Thin on the palate, some sweetness. A little dull unfortunately.
Monday, March 16, 2015

berkshirejohn
3
Upham Tipster
Cask at the Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill. Pale amber with a thin white head; sweet grainy aroma, with perhaps a whiff of citrus; light biscuity malt taste with some caramel; then a touch of grassy hops before a bready finish. A rather basic malty bitter.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MrTipple
2.8
Upham Punter
Aroma: grain malts, some grassy hops. Appearance: hazy light brown, small, frothy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitter, floral and grass hops dominating, soft carbonation. Overall: somewhat boring Bitter, nothing spectacular. Pint at Bricklayerís Arms, Shoreditch.
Sunday, February 22, 2015

mighty_meadow
3.2
Upham Stakes
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.
Sunday, February 22, 2015

SilkTork
3
Upham Punter
JDW, Southampton - Admiral. Light and dry but pleasantly fruity. An easy drinking beer with an attractive rough edge. Itís ok, but nothing exciting.
Sunday, February 22, 2015

tombyars
3
Upham Stakes
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.
Sunday, February 22, 2015

berkshirejohn
3.4
Upham 1st Drop
Cask at the Bell, Waltham St Lawrence. A bright reddish copper colour with a tight cream head; earthy aroma with some fruit; sweet biscuity taste with some red fruit; a light grassy bitterness; and a biscuity finish. A pleasant bitter.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Towey1989
3
Upham Stakes
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.
Sunday, February 01, 2015

berkshirejohn
3.1
Upham Stakes
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.
Monday, January 19, 2015

pjandcat
3.5
Upham Punter
A good English Bitter. Toasty notes and slightly sweet syrupy aroma. Let down by the taste (top of the barrel). Good lingering bitter finish. Well balanced though.
Monday, December 22, 2014

downender
3.1
Upham Winterís TíAle
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol, 3/12/2014. Deep amber with a slight, off-white, head. Sweet, orange and caramel notes, a touch of orastiness and moderately bitter finish. Fine.
Monday, December 15, 2014

downender
3
Upham Punter
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol, 3/12/2014. Copper coloured with a slight, white, head. Easy drinking, sweet bitter, with caramel, some hedgerow fruits and bready malts, leading to a short, bitter, finish. Ok.
Monday, December 15, 2014

SilkTork
2.6
Upham Winterís TíAle
JDW, Eastleigh. Ruby amber. Thin, dry palate with sweet tea flavour. Rather too watery for my taste. Drinkable, but too much like iced tea.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Garrat
2.3
Upham Winterís TíAle
Cask,The Beerhouse Winter Beer Festival 2014.Mid brown small head,aroma of light malt butter and toffee,taste is of dark malt,tangerine,hops.
Saturday, November 29, 2014

kwik-lime
2.6
Upham Punter
Cask at Bognor Regis Town FC. Some caramel and quite malty but a touch tart and corny. Not a great bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, August 24, 2014

GuideDogSaint
2.7
Upham Stakes
Cask at the Encore, Southampton. Pours dark brown with a white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. A little oily. Bitter sweet finish.
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Leighton
2.9
Upham 1st Drop
Bottle at the chriso Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013 - London. Pours hazy, golden-brown with a creamy, white head. Bland, in a word. Not awesome, in two more. Some dry bread, wood, leaves - Iím just dipping into the stock íboring bitterí rating file on this one. Meh. Drinkable, but thatís the best I can say about it.
Sunday, June 15, 2014

harrisoni
3.1
Upham Tipster
On gravity at AFRM Camra BF 2014. Light biscuit malt flavour. Touch of fruit. Quite a tasty light bitter
Saturday, June 14, 2014

BeerViking
2.9
Upham Tipster
Cask at the Magpie, more light brown than gold, and with a lasting lacing head. Malt and faint citrus on the nose, initially a little watery on the palate, then some nutty malt coming through plus a slightly zesty and earthy hoppiness. Good, but lacking a certain something.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

ManVsBeer
2.7
Upham Punter
Cask @ White Swan, Hebden Bridge. Clear copper with a thick frothy head. Has a malty character with a light session texture. Has some sweetness in its nose.
Monday, June 02, 2014

leaparsons
2.6
Upham Tipster
Cask, The Kingís Head, Leicester. Golden with a bubbly white foam. Aromas are bready and grainy with apple. Flavours are sweet grain with tart apple and a peppery finish. Itís OK.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

mR_fr0g
2.8
Upham Punter
Cask gravity at the Wandsworth beer fest preview night 26/03/14. Pale copper orange colour with a halo of white head. Aroma is grainstore biscuit malts, light caramel. Flavour is staleing caramel , mineral and nutty malt. Some earthy hop notes. Low honey. Fairly standard stuff.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Don2711
3.9
Upham Punter
Good with in my experience a unique taste. Attractive looking and would definitely drink again
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Theydon_Bois
1.9
Upham Tipster
Cask at the Half Moon, Windlesham, 05/03/14. Hazed golden orange with moderate off white spotting and edgework. Nose is thin, tarte fruit, apple skins, off notes, sour dough bread. Taste follows, just about palatable - down the bloody local so I ordered a pint damn it, I had two-thirds, orchard fruits, straw, tarte fruit, diacetyl, bready. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tarte fruit licks in the close. Meh ! An unintentional sour to accompany their range of twiggy brown nonsense perhaps ? This is my 5th offering from Upham - top rater now íyayí ! The 5 beers average 2.4 ! The best was the one I had bottled, of the other 4, 3 were served in GBG venues - you tell me whoís getting it wrong!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

DruncanVeasey
3.1
Upham Punter
The Felix, Nuneaton, 15/02/14. Pale bronze draped with beige. Cork and toffee aroma. Soft mineral character with pleasing caramel, soft aniseed and cork. Hints of creamy nut and swoons according to my notes. No idea what that means either.
Monday, February 17, 2014

evergreen0199
2.7
Upham Punter
Cask at The Kings Head, Salisbury, Wilts. An amber coloured pour with a thin white head on top. Fruity, malty aroma. Tastes similar, fruity, malty and rather bland.
Sunday, February 16, 2014

fonefan
3.2
Upham Punter

Bottle 500ml. @ [ (chriso Pre-GBBF Shindig) by chriso - London ].

Unclear medium amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light roasted, tart notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to light light moderate with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20130810]
5-3-5-2-9

Cask @ Le Gothique Restaurant and Bar, [ Wandsworth Common Beer Festival 2013 ]. Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, Wandsworth, Greater London, England SW18 3SX.

Clear medium to dark amber orange color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, syrup, light to moderate hoppy, fruity, vomit notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130330]
6-3-7-3-13

Thursday, January 30, 2014

RichTheVillan
2.7
Upham Punter
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; clear amber pour with a thin white head, toasted malt aroma, taste is fruity with a hint of caramel.
Monday, January 27, 2014

mr_h
3
Upham Punter
Cask by hand-pump at Counting House, Glasgow - clear golden amber, thin off-white head, weak malty aroma, poor lacing, bit of toffee, bit of biscuit, bland
Saturday, January 25, 2014