Formerly brewed at Davenports (prev Highgate)
Style: Bitter
Walsall, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 2.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Keg and pasteurised bottle. Has been brewed at 4.2%.
NOTE: The cask version has a separate listing.
Raw materials: A blend of pale and crystal malts, supplemented with torrefied wheat and no. 3 invert block sugar. Bitterness is provided by First Gold, Cascade and Styrian Golding hops.
Tasting notes: Based on the original Davenports recipe, this classic copper coloured ale is full-bodied, with a palate rich in malt and fruit, balanced by a satisfying bitter finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle - cloudy amber. Off white head. Floating particles. Medium carbonation. Caramel malts. Citrussy. Slight honey taste. Medium bitterness.

BlackHaddock (7583) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2012
My brown 500ml bottle has a best before date of May 2009, it is being consummed mid Feb 2009 (now). Poured into a UK pint sleeve glass. It looks fine and is the copper colour claimed on the label, there is a hint of a haze and the white foaming head sets it off very nicely. Very English hop, malts and yeast aroma, maybe on the sweet side as the malts assert themselves in the glass. Oh dear, they forgot to put any taste in the brew. Where has the 4% ABV gone, where have the ingrediants that gave me the aroma disappeared too? I am drinking a fizzy, watery, slightly malty glass of dishwater. No body and a sad, sad beer indeed. First impressions can obviuosly be wrong, looks and smells OK, pity about everything else. I’ve still got two thirds of the pint left, I’m off to find some cheese to help me finish the beer off, can’t drink it on its own!

davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle 500ml from Purvis. Aromas of grain, apple, and nuts. Taste is sweet, with average length. Palate is velvety, medium body. Orange, cloudy, with a frothy head.

dynamiteninja (1875) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2011
Pasteurised bottle at 4% ABV. Brewed at Highgate. Pours orange, with a thin white head which has poor retention. Caramel, toffee,spice, fruit, diactyl. Bitter. Buttery oily palate, with a bitter finish.

tommann (3900) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a medium head. Aroma is bready malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, breaded malt throughout. Medium bitter finish.

madmitch76 (25344) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2011
4th March 2009
Gold beer, slighlty hazy. Mild hop and some obvious caramel sweetness. Tastes aged but is 3 months inside BBE. Semi dry finish. A grower.

ComradeK (1256) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy mid-gold, with a minimal head, yet reasonably good lacing. The aroma is fairly simple, consisting mainly of honey notes, with some faint bread hints. The hops are quite moderate to begin with, offering up some faint floral notes and mild citrus, but after a short while a honey flavour develops, which mixes with them quite well. The finish is quite sweet, with honey and caramel notes present. Being perfectly honest, this is not the best bitter out there. To begin with, I quite disliked it. However, it did grow on me a little, and it certainly went fairly well with the spicy pork stir-fry I was eating with it. Thus, I would say that this, whilst far from the most interesting beer, is a fairly good simple session drinker, and good with spicy food.

mile (4032) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2010
Bottled. Golden, small to average and mostly diminishing head. Light to moderate malty sweetish aroma, fruit and honey, caramel and toffee, some light citric hoppyness. Light to moderate sweetish malty body, some caramel and honey, light citric hoppyness. Finish is malty and sweetish, short to average duration. Bland sweetish (honey)bitter.

BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2010
[500ml bottle, Tesco, New Street Birmingham] After reading the label and discovering it contained sugar syrup I was really not looking forward to this one at all. The first taste was really unexpected - a bitter sharpness up front. The sweetness followed afterwards and made for a rather unpleasant combination. Redeeming features - slight hoppy finish in there somewhere, plus a nice amber colour, good clean pour. That’s not enough to save it, however.

gam (4037) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2010
500 ml bottle big head gold pour aroma caramel fruit earthyness grain flavour hops fruity citrus grapefruit honey wheat taste pronounced morishing taste bitter good sweet malt finish aftertaste fruit honeygrain bitter sweet

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