Franklins Reviews




MartinT
2.7
Franklins A Is For A Bitter Pills To Swallow
My Bottom Line:
This bitter lager confuses the palate with a few buttery notes alongside citrusy tips and lax sweetness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A film of head tops the really hazy blond.
-Malts are rather flimsy (lazy sugars) for what is supposed to be a refined brew.
-Hop bitterness is herbal.
-This lacks flavour clarity and as such doesnít provide a pleasant Pilsener experience.

On tap at The Crown, Hastings.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

MartinT
3.9
Franklins Mama Knows Best
My Bottom Line:
This straightforward Bitter builds biscuits, oranges and bitter leaves into a suave pint.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam laces around the translucent amber.
-Flavors are perfectly aligned and well developed.
-The mouthfeel is comfortable and almost chewy.
-This is yet another unmemorable but highly efficient Bitter.

On cask at The Crown, Hastings.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

TBone
2.8
Franklins N Is For North Shore IPA
Cask @ Meat And Barrel, Portsmouth. Clear amber color, small beige head. Riped fruits, earthy hops in the nose. Light-bodied. Front has fruityness, then piney bitterness leading to semi-long aftertaste. Simple.
Friday, July 01, 2016

TBone
2.9
Franklins A Is For A Bitter Pills To Swallow
Tap at Meat And Barrel, Portsmouth. Clear golden color, small white head, lace. Aroma has citrus peel, some fruity notes. Light-bodied. Crisp. Citrus, barley, fruityness, some yeast notes. Refreshing.
Friday, July 01, 2016

tommann
3.5
Franklins Explorer
Cask at the Red Lion, Amblecote. Pours dark reddy brown with a medium head. Aroma is bready with dark red berries. Taste is malty and bready with dark red fruits.
Friday, May 06, 2016

ManVsBeer
3.6
Franklins Pudding Stout
Mermaid May Day Weekend Beer Festival 2016, St Albans. Black coloured ale. Has an initial light but gritty roasted malt taste, but a more stated and toasted lingering aftertaste. Itís nose is well stated with roasted malts throughout its life.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

BeerViking
3.5
Franklins English Garden
Cask at the Magpie, amber-brown with a lasting foam, leafy hoppy nose, body is light yet turns fuller, with touches of toasted malt and a medium hoppy bitterness. Very nice.
Monday, May 02, 2016

tdtm82
3.6
Franklins Explorer
Cask, Ale House Chelmsford, 31/3/2016 Nice bready complex American red ale. Nice use of hops. Some pine and pith. Drinkable. Easy-going. Not sure if this is contracted or brewed at the new premises but definitely a beer to work on as the base is there. Good stuff.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

tdtm82
3.1
Franklins Pavilion 35
Cask, Leyton Orient Football Club, 24/3/2016 White lacing, golden appearance. Very herbel English pale ale. Nice use of UK hops. Floral, straw, herbal, UK leaf hop. Really descent English pale ale.
Friday, March 25, 2016

tdtm82
2
Franklins Mama Knows Best
Bottle, Leyton Orient Football Club, thanks to Dan, 24/3/2016 Copper coolur. Pine needle and spruce on aroma. Herbal aroma. Tastes very much infected. Petroleum. Really caramel and sticky. Not good.
Friday, March 25, 2016

tdtm82
3.3
Franklins English Garden
Cask, Leyton Orient Football Club, 24/3/2016 Golden appearance. Clean and easy-drinking session stuff. Nice hop usage. Nice grapefruit. Clean. Nice leaf hop. A well-made English bitter.
Friday, March 25, 2016

ManVsBeer
2.7
Franklins NZIPA
Oldham Beer Festival 2016. Deeper golden in colour. Has a strength with a lightly fruity taste.
Friday, March 11, 2016

AlanGarrett
3.9
Franklins Pale
Very refreshing, served at its best in the Stanley Alehouse Lancing. Good appearance distinct grapefruit taste from hops.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

BlackHaddock
3.7
Franklins Pudding Stout
Cask half-pint at The Crown Inn, Oakengates Shropshire on 2nd Jan 2016. Coffee and chocolate esters rise from this dark brew with itís well tanned head: those esters turn into mouth watering flavours to give a rich and smooth tasting Stout. Very drinkable indeed.
Sunday, January 03, 2016

minutemat
2.9
Franklins Pudding Stout
Cask @ The Crown, Oakengates. Pours very dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is espresso roast. Taste is much the same with a bitter espresso bite and hints of chocolate. Ok.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

cgarvieuk
3.5
Franklins NZIPA
Cask at the bow bar... Copper.. Thick off white head... Soft sweet fruits nose... Soft sweet toffee fruit.. Sweet fruits.. Light dry toffee fruit... Dry toffee fruit
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Desverger
3.3
Franklins Smoked Chilli Porter
Cask@Simon The Tanner, Bermondsey, London - black pour with big beige head. Roasted malty aroma and taste with some chocolate, caramel, some nice well judged smokey and spicy action, pretty decent overall.
Wednesday, December 02, 2015

anders37
3.1
Franklins English Garden
Cask @ White Horse on Parsonís Green, Parsonís Green SW6. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity weak citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty weak citrus hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty weak citrus hoppy finish.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

kwik-lime
3.2
Franklins Mama Knows Best
Cask at the Swan in Thames Ditton. Quite fruity with toffee sweetness, some nice hop to balance too. Good session beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, November 08, 2015

tdtm82
3.7
Franklins Pale
Cask, Ale House Chelmsford, half, 3rd November 2015. White lacing. Golden appearance. Lots of pith and soft lemons on aroma. Super soft malts. Super clean. Loads of papaya. Lemons and good hop bitterness
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

teorn88
3.1
Franklins Mama Knows Best
Backlog rating. Cask at EoE, London. It pours a clean light amber color with small off-white head. Aroma is bready, biscuity, lightly sweet and fruity, with melon and straw. Taste is also mostly light sweet, caramel, malt, biscuit, with light grains and dry finish. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, unexciting.
Monday, October 19, 2015

Leighton
3.4
Franklins Citra IPA
Draft at the Great British Beer Festival 2013, day 3 - London. Pours dark gold with a creamy, off-white head. Rich citrusy aroma, some pale malt undertones. Medium sweet flavor with strong minerals, simple citrus, light citrus character. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with some pale bread, juicy orange, a little general jammy citrus. Alright.
Sunday, October 11, 2015

Alexi91
3.4
Franklins Smoked Chilli Porter
Origin: Tap. Vessel: Stange. Supplier: Crofterís Rights (Bristol). Small head. Smoky with nice chilli kick.
Saturday, October 03, 2015

allmyvinyl
3.4
Franklins NZIPA
Cask at the Fountain. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of caramel, fruity hops. Taste is sweet, nice balancing, almost mineral bitterness. Clean finish.
Thursday, October 01, 2015

mr_h
3.3
Franklins NZIPA
Cask, hand-pulled, State Bar, Glasgow, weak malty aroma, amber, brown, thin off-white head, intermittent lacing, caramel, some raisins, very sweet, oily, soft carbonation, well balanced.
Monday, September 21, 2015

jfb
3
Franklins Blonde
(cask) amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of bread dough, strawberries and heavy mango, with a light touch of floral hops and almonds. flavour is mostly white chocolate and orange peel, with a light touch of bran and a light roasted-bitter herbal-hoppy finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

BeerViking
3.6
Franklins Pale
Cask at the Magpie, light gold with a lasting white head, green hop flower bouquet with a hint of tropical fruit, juicily astringent body leading to a dry-bitter and spicy finish.
Monday, August 31, 2015

harrisoni
3
Franklins Smoked Chilli Porter
Cask gravity at Siba South East 2015. Light smoke but lasting chilli. Dark ruby black beer no head little condition. Some chocolate. Smokey chilli is ok and not over powering. Heat on the finish is just about right for me.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

mr_h
3.3
Franklins English Garden
Cask, hand-pulled, Bon Accord, fruity, caramel aroma, clear straw coloured, thin head, very sparse lacing, sweet, orange, malty, oily, well balanced
Monday, June 29, 2015

Stuu666
3
Franklins Mama Knows Best
Cask at the Stockbridge tap. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, floral, taste is similar, sweet, dry.
Thursday, June 25, 2015

cgarvieuk
3.1
Franklins Mama Knows Best
Cask at the Stockbridge tap... Golden amber... Thick tan head... Soft toffee fruit.. Toffee apricot fruit.. Very sweet.. Soft toffee
Thursday, June 25, 2015

cgarvieuk
3.4
Franklins Pale
Cask at the Guildford arms... Amber. . Small off white head... Soft dry floral fruit nose... Light bitter herbal fruits
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

oh6gdx
3.3
Franklins Dark
Cask (backlog). Deep rubyish brown colour with a small brown bubbly head. Aroma is ripe fruits, toffee, mild toasted notes as well as some herbal notes. Flavour is toffee, mild roasted malts, some caramel, mild floral and some syrupy notes as well.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015

jamestulloch
3
Franklins Citra IPA
Cask at The Waiting Room. Clear amber body with a thin off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma of biscuit, lemon and earth. Flavour of caramel, grass and hay. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Not as bright and hoppy as I hoped it would be - chuck a few more hops in!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ShaneMains
2.8
Franklins Mama Knows Best
Cask conditioned @ Craft Beer Co. (Brighton) Pale-Amber in colour with small white head. Coffee malt and citrus hop aroma. Medium bitter with sweet raspberry flavor. Medium body with smooth bitter finish.
Friday, March 13, 2015

ShaneMains
3.4
Franklins Citra IPA
Cask @ The Black Lion (Brighton) Great staff! First look provides a golden Amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is earthy at first with a fruity citrus hop just lingering ever so slightly behind. Very easy drinking bear that is bitter, but not overly so and also has a good balance of citrus hop flavor notes of Mango & Tangerine that please the palet, not overwhelm it.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

fonefan
3.2
Franklins Citra IPA

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2013, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Franklins Citra IPA ].
Clear medium amber orange color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, earthy, fruity, moderate hoppy, citrus. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, peel bitter, citrus, malty, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130814]

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

johnrspokes
3.7
Franklins Citra IPA
A golden coloued Indian Pale Ale with strong citrous flavours, but not overwhelmingly bitter.
Sunday, February 22, 2015

ManVsBeer
2.6
Franklins Brighton Rocks
Cask during a Wetherspoon Beer Festival in 2012. Has a light malty aroma with a more balanced malt-hop taste. Full bodied flavour.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

mr_h
3.2
Franklins Pale
Cask by hand-pump at Jacksonís Doghouse, Glasgow - clear golden, thin white head, pale malty aroma, good lacing, fairly mild easy to drink ale with a bitter aftertaste
Saturday, February 07, 2015

downender
3.2
Franklins Grumpy Guvnor
Cask-conditioned at the Bag OíNails, Bristol 20/1/2015. Copper coloured, with a slight, off-white head. Berry fruits, a touch of toasted malts, leafy hops and a decent, bitter finish. Good.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

downender
3.1
Franklins Mama Knows Best
Cask-conditioned at the Bag OíNails, Bristol 20/1/2015. Amber with a slight, off-white head. Quaffable bitter, with some sweet malts, hint of fruit and moderately bitter finish. Ok.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Scopey
3.7
Franklins Pudding Stout
Cask at Westow House. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is soft, sweet, lots of dried fruits, fruit cake, sticky toffee pudding and chocolate. The taste is bitter-sweet, roasty, earth, toast, chocolate, fruit cake, light umami and nut with a toasty finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Wasnít expecting too much from this, but found it rather tasty and drinkable. "Not my kind of beer", but I rather like it.
Saturday, January 17, 2015

downender
3.3
Franklins English Garden
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 8/1/2015. Amber, with a slight, white, head. Crisp malts, a touch of spiciness, leafy hops and a moderately bitter finish. Good.
Saturday, January 10, 2015

downender
3.4
Franklins Citra IPA
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 6/1/2014. Deep gold in colour, with a white head. Pleasant tangerine and grassy hop aroma. Flavour had biscuity malts, more citrus fruits and ended up nice and dry. Good beer.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015

undercurrent25
3.7
Franklins 1066
Pours an amber colour, taste is hoppy and fruity, probably the one of the best real ales Iíve had in a while
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Stuu666
3.6
Franklins Smoked Chilli Porter
Cask at Staggs. Pours black, nose is dry roast, chocolate, hint of smoke, taste is sweet chocolate, roasty, light tingly burn.
Friday, November 07, 2014

The_Osprey
3.8
Franklins 1066
Cask at Draft House. The pump clip is not as pictured - it looks more like a pogs slammer (ah, memories). Clear, dark orange, still, decent dense foamy head leaves thick lacing. Aroma is tropical American hop, caramel, pithy orange. Like a modern APA. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste has a very light malt character, more kiwi and grapefruit with a softly bitter finish. I could drink many pints of this. (3.75)
Thursday, October 23, 2014

AshtonMcCobb
3.5
Franklins Grumpy Guvnor
On cask at the Cask and Barrel. Appearance - close to opaque black but not quite. Some lovely cherry coloured chinks around the glass. Lovely fawn head. Looks great Nose - chocolate and caramel. Taste - honey and/or caramel with a slight biscuits backdrop. A liquorice note brings on the finish. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a dry malty finish. Overall - good beer. It grows too.
Friday, October 17, 2014

ManVsBeer
2.9
Franklins English Garden
Huddersfield Beer Festival. Golden with mild floral notes in both aroma and taste with hops the dominant character. A touch dry.
Friday, October 03, 2014