john44 (3402) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Cask Pint – JDW Fest Spring 2011 in Mar 2011 - Amber-Copper in colour. Fruity; citrus orange and grapefruit. Hoppy; grassy and piney resinous hops. Malty backbone; biscuity malts. Nice citrus hop bite. Bitter citrus fruity throughout. Slightly dry in the finish. Lovely beer! (2011-03-30)
ManVsBeer (10953) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
Hoppy nature to this festival brew, one that releases some fruits. Easy to drink. thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
Brewed exclusively for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival Pours a copper golden color with a full head leaving nice lacing. Aroma of fruit, peaches, grapefruit, toffee biscuits and berries. Tastes are similar, more citrus less toffe and a biscuity finish that is dry but with a zing to it. Smooth as can be but again most beers off cask are this way. Overall the complexity and drinkability are fantastic, subtle like many great British Beers but full of flavor. a great beer. madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
28th March 2011planky84 (3431) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2011
JDW Fest. Clear amber beer, residual white head. Light semi dry palate. Well balanced mild malt with marmalade orange hops. Finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste. Not bad.
Cask at the Capitol, Forest Hill. Copper coloured pour with an off-white head. Nice nose of peaches, mangoes, kiwi fruit. Refreshes the nasal passages somewhat. Fruit filled flavours of peach skins, pear, yellow melon and mango. Very nicely balanced. Extremely nice fruity tang in the mouthfeel. Long, lingering citrus fruit finish. Very refreshing indeed.
cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2011
cask at standing order ... amber ... creamy off white head ... sweet zezty citrus fresh bright hop nose ... light oily lemon ... juicy sweet ... sherbert ... loads of citrus ... fresh and lovely .... wheresthepath (2395) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2011
[Cask at the Monk’s Retreat (JDW), Reading] Sir Taipan of Oakham finally puts in an appearance nearly a week after the official end of this Wetherspoons-sponsored tournament. He is only allowed to compete thanks to the huge number of supporters he has in the audience, who might riot if his appearance was ignored. Can he live up to the huge hype that has preceded him? Can he impress the judge enough to take the tournament Golden Spoon from the current leader, Baron Ramble-Tamble. After he mounts his glass steed, the judge is able to get a good look at Sir Taipan and wonders what he’s been up to in the last week, for his pale amber body has a certain grubby veneer. However, the large white foam crest on his head still captures the attention of the ladies. As he passes the judge, there is an apparent attempt at bribery, as he suddenly whips out a huge bunch of flowers and flourishes them under the judge’s nose. The supposedly impartial judge actually looks rather pleased with their scent. At last, Sir Taipan begins his main performance, still thrusting the flowers about like a lance, whilst juggling a couple of oranges, a grapefruit and a packet of biscuits in the other hand. It’s impressive stuff, but it still seems rather muted compared to Baron R-T’s electrifying performance a couple of weeks before, and the judge is looking like the performance has left a rather dry and slightly cardboardy bitterness in his mouth. Sir Taipan quickly covers this up by producing a big bowl of pot pourri at the very last minute, but he’s left it a little too late. The audience applauds as Sir Taipan is awarded a deserved silver medal, but the Baron retains the Golden Spoon. JohnRMurdoch (5053) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2011
Cask @ The Society Room. Strong hoppy aroma. Medium brown colour with a reasonable head. Spicy hoppy flavour. Smooth lingering aftertaste. Good one. downender (8891) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 5/04/2011. Amber coloured with a decent, off-white head. Big, grapefruit and bitter orange aroma with a touch of spice and some caramel. Flavour was dominated by the same two fruits, some cereal malts and massive bitter finish. A cut above nearly all the beers in the current festival. DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2011
Now, I have to qualify my rating of this by mentioning I’ve just come out of The Marble Inn, had 2 Pictish beers and 2 Marble beers (neither exactly famed for their absence of hops), got hopelessly lost, and swung into some rough arse Spoons in Manchester, ostensibly for a piss. Then I spotted this on the bar and got a pint in for £1.40, to the glowering, lager-swilling disaproval of the (largely miniskirted) natives. Such circumstances shouldn’t prejudice our impressions of a beer but invariably do. Bronze amber, good steady uneven head- conditioned, not sparklered to death. Aroma is rabbit tray grassiness, shave of lemon..uninteresting. Sniff a rabbit- I assure you they smell of this. Big soapy hop, nut husk, condition. Soft and slight; shampoo bitterness, orange rind, grapefruit..just hugely bitter to the point it decimates all else. Not sure- need to reassess. Dull, and lacking hop freshness/exoticism by Oakham’s standards.