Brewed by Butts
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Hungerford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask & bottle conditioned; Regular.

Hoppy and well balanced without being sweet

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DartingTrough99 (1) - - SEP 25, 2001 does not count
This ale is superb! The aroma still reminds me of the first time I tried it. Its a warm fruity ale, that has a great afters. The Brewery is small but very friendly. They dont have a huge area of coverage, but if you see this in a pub, try it. You will not be dissapointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (4121) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2003
Light yellow/amber but a milky froth of a head. Hoppy, floral aroma which would strike pleasing notes with many American tasters. Very smooth and oh so creamy. Strong citrus flavors, pink grapefruit, touch of tangerine, but the bitterness, while definite there, is beautifully held in balance in ways that most American brewers of IPAs could only dream of achieving. [This is organic? So the pump-clip says.] Holy cow, I can't believe I'm rating a standard UK cask ale this high...on this night, in this pub, at least, this was a truly outstanding glass of beer. (on tap, Hobgoblin, Oxford)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (10045) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2006
Cask at Merton Summer Beer Festival 2004 (retrospectively added from diary notes) Great name, great beer, amber in colour fruity lingering taste, my beer of the festival bar none.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubbishystuff (2422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2015 Had this at the Ring O Bells in Hinton Blewitt. I remember this beer quite fondly as a very nice example of a lovely ESB. Of course my judgment is quite pleasantly clouded by memories of a lovely barmaid and a charming country pub. Serving: Cask

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13834) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Wharf House, Oxford. Golden beer with frothy head. Warm smooth fruity beer with orange peel flavours and plummy undertone. Loads of hops, loads of flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (5190) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle. Very clear and inviting.Hops dominate with citrus also present. lovely gentle bitterness that is crisp without being too sharp.Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4425) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2004
Bottle from Waitrose, Marlborough, Wilts. Very nice beer. Poured a thickish looking hazy orange, with a little head. Fresh and fizzy on the tongue, with a citrus blast giving way to a delicious bundle of hops in the middle - tangy. Things get slightly watered down on the finish, but this is still an above average hoppy brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2006
Cask (gravity dispense) at London Drinker Beer Festival (Friday session), March 2006. Coppery bronze colour. Not much condition. Good hop attack in the aroma with the emphasis on citrus. More of the same on the palate - orange zest with touches of marmalade. Crisp, dry and bitter finish. Sharp as a razor. My type of bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (35894) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2004
The aroma is lovely of oranges and aroma hops. The color is orange and it has no head. The flavor is lightly sweet in the beginning, watery in the middle, but with a good bitter end combined with notes of grass and oil. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2004
Cask Conditioned, at the Wenlock Arms, London.
Blonde ale with a large fluffy white head. Fruity blond with a well rounded bitter flavour. Finishes well and is superb condition. Drinking with Yogi, Pivo and their friends Joe and Kelly (Silk was on his way). Our first beer at the Lock just before the doors shut, and a great night was just getting better.

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