johndoughty (5455) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
One of my rare cask entries.Tried at the magnificent Philharmonic in Liverpool with my son Adam prior to seeing our football team Birmingham City
robbed. How apt that its a bitter because thats how we both felt. Lovely smooth hops with some fruitiness and a citrus aftertaste. An excellent beer that does not cheat like some Liverpool players. Yes I am bitter and yes this is highly recommended.
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2008
Cask at the Old Salutation, Nottingham. Although it is enjoyably hoppy, this somewhat embarrassingly named beer is very pleasingly balanced with fruity sweet malt and juicy, citrus-flavoured hops. I thought it was a very good bitter indeed. TimE (5829) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 22, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Copper color. Cotton candy and apples in the nose. Fairly fragerant. Aggressive hoppy start to the mouth, but hops are fairly soft. Well balanced with malty backbone that just gives a touch of caramel. Moderately bitter finish. A stunning English bitter.
Update summer 2013. Didn’t realize I drank this beer on a previous trip to the UK. Had a very different experience this time. deep orange color. Woody earthy character . Nothing exciting. downender (8660) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2008
Cask-conditioned at The Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 13/9/08. Amber with a decent, off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, hay and a touch of apricot. Slightly sweet malt flavour with plenty of fruity hops and a decent bitter finish. Good. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2008
Cask at the alfread herring. Aroma is grassy citrus hops, quite a bit of earthy mossy fresh character too. Taste is quite balanced as theres more than just pale malt in here, the piney hoppy character makes it quite drinkable stuff.
berkshirejohn (6505) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2008
Cask at Wetherspoons, Hammersmith. Copper colour with a thin cream head; citrus aroma; very hoppy with a fruity citrus flavour and a strongly bitter finish. Very pleasant. harrisoni (18581) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2007
Cask handpull at Wetherspoons, Folkestone. Copper colour with lasting off white head. Aroma of strong grapefruit and hop. Very hoppy for a UK bitter, more like an APA, with glittering floral hop on finish. Some American hops I guess from the amount of grapefruit. Malts show moderate juiciness with just enough balance to carry the hops. Man, what an APA at the end of a long week. Lovely and tingly on the finish. Good grapefruit. Barman? Another one of these please. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2011 Cask conditioned - handpump - Malt Shovel Northampton. A copper coloured beer with an off white head. More malt than hop in the aroma, although the berry fruitiness is probably from both elements. The taste is over complicated and a bit messy with too much going on for a 4.3% beer. The fruitiness and the hops just don’t quite strike a perfect balance. Score 3.3imdownthepub (14557) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2007
Subsequent rating scored 3.4. Score unchanged
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Dark amber with white head. Hoppy nose but quite a dull body, maybe served too cold or overaged but it was slightly amalgameted in flavour. There was some fruitiness however and a finishing dry hoppiness, I think that it was probably just badly served and I hope to rate again. My 1st Brewsters from the new Grantham Brewery, I’m hoping for better. Beese (2776) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2014 Cask at The Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford. Poured a clear copper colour, with a scummy white head and some lacing. Malt heavy aroma, with some caramel and floral hop. Grassy hop flavour, with some soft fruit and grain. Finish was light bitter hop, bready malt and mango sweetness. Pretty so-so.