Brewed by Banks’s (Marston’s)
Style: Bitter
Wolverhampton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask - Special for the Spring 2010 JDW festival.
A modern hoppy 4% version of the original 3.7% Oxford Blue.
Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Columbus, Goldings, Target.

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tombyars (1768) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Tasted this in The Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in April 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear pale amber with a thin creamy white head. Floral hop nose with a touch of spice. Thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt base gives a juicy fruit note of lychees and honeydew melon. Dusty floral hops in the short aftertaste. Finish is bitter sweet and refreshing. An ok session ale.

fonefan (51109) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ JDW - The Windmill, Airside, Stansted Airport, Stansted, Essex, England CM24 1QN.

Clear light medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, light to moderate hoppy, grass, dusty, hop oil, light light yeasty, earth - apple. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, orange peel bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100501]

madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2010
12th April 2010. Clear gold beer. No head and virtually no carbonation. Sigh! Light dry palate. Aromatic malt with a herbal honey flavour. Some nuts as well. A little bitter hop coming through in the dry finish. Floral as well. A slightly odd beer but it went down fine! This pint was 4.0% abv.

dynamiteninja (1890) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2010
Cask. The Back of Beyond, Reading. Strong grapefruit hops and toffee malt. Quite interesting, reminded me of Oakham beers. Clear golden brown colour, with a white head that quickly disappeared. Medium to heavy bitterness. Light to medium bodied, slightly oily texture. Soft carbonation. Astringent finish. Not a bad pint.

bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
Gravity cask (cellar run) at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW), Hatch End. Gold with a surprisingly good white head. Loads of hop character with out being over the top. The target and goldings are clearly hogging the lions share of the hop content but the U.S. varieties come through more in the aroma. A very well balanced, fresh session bitter. Banks’s at their best.

leaparsons (10765) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
Cask, The Highcross, Leicester. Golden with a thin foam. Aromas are biscuit and grain with spiced oranges and cream. Peppery grapefruit with some peach. Flavours are sweet and fruity with low biscuit malts. Dry and peppery with grapefruit on the finish. A decent hoppy brew.

DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
The Baron, Hinckley. Bright and yellowy with a fine lacing collar. Best hop character so far in this festival; resiny pine needle aroma, petals and chlorophyll, sweat, tangerine. Creamy vanilla malt, soft soapy condition, lemon puffs. Picked out the Goldings and Cascade straight away...then got a bit lost in the general cocktail of hoppiness. Can you believe Banks’s (and by association, Marstons) are behind this?? Excellent.

DanielBrown (4546) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2010
Hand-pulled at the Billiard Hall, West Bromwich. Wow, really efficient Bitter. Looks splendid, with fizz and a firm head. My first thought is that it’s a hoppy golden beer with West Coast infusions, but then an English character emerges, with some bitter grassiness and a bit of malt. Expertly blended, refreshing, fragrant, with a wonderful mouthfeel. A very fine example of session craftsmanship. Drinkable and crammed with subtle flavours.

SilkTork (5855) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
JDW Spring Fest - Rochester. Ooooh - now, this is nice! The regionals have upped their game and are producing some quality hoppy beers these days. The blend of American and British hops is very effective.

This beer shares the same name as the old Morrells beer, but otherwise has nothing in common with it.

downender (8891) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Knights Templar (JDW), Chancery Lane 9/04/10. Amber in colour with a decent, off-white head. A well balanced mix of bready malts and grassy hops, with a decent bitter finish. Good.

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