Formerly brewed at Brains

Style: Bitter
Luton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 108   ABV: 3.6%
Cask: Regular.
The brand is owned by Interbrew but brewing is contracted out, currently to Brains (previously at Badger).

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kwik-lime (1861) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2005
Light. I mean, seriously light. Vague hints of fruitiness but overall very boring and characterless. Not unpleasant at all but theres so many better bitters out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2005
Not to be confused with the decent enough Flowers Original. This is a beer similar to Courage Best. It is neither a decent Best Bitter, nor a refreshing Ordinary (which the IPA name indicates it should be), but something thin, featureless and lacking in character. It often suffers from being neglected, so is sour more often than it is fresh. Best avoided.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2005
Cask @ JDW The Windmill, Stansted Airport, UK. 30th May 2005
At 2.99 this is probably the most expensive pint Ive had i Britain (so far). And I thought JDW had good prices... This is a nice well balanced session ale. More fruity than flowery, actually. Just hints of caramel and toffee. Quite bitter and semi long aftertaste. Not to hunt for but if available and in good condition, by all means have one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paulsutter (8) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2005 does not count
I dream about this IPA every since I had it on tap (cask) in a small pub near Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. A light bitter (as I like it) with definite peachy finish. Possible a little thin, but wonderful for drinking on a hot evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Slightly hazed orangey amber hue. Sweet frutiy aroma. Light on the palate, a touch of orange and sugar, moderated hoppiness, mild citrus in the finish. A little thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (6972) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
Clear orange color, short head. Aroma of lemon, bit flowery. Fruity taste, light bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerohen (2240) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2004
Clear orange coloured. Hoppy aroma. Fruity and bitter flavour, very soft mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 Draught. Poor, watery, bland. Not a great beer to claim to brew. Hall and Woodhouse should stick with the Badger range.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2004
On Tap: Heathrow Airport: Poured a rather pleasant amber clear under a smallish short lasting head. Faint freshly soggy beer coaster aroma. Soft creamy smooth mouthfeel. Medium stale bitter woody hops and low sweetness flavours. Overall points not helped by argument with other half about why I didnt order her the Angus pie instead of the fish and chips. When the fish and chips arrived the fish was like bootleather. I think Heathrow should be taken off the list of places where you can rate beer or serve food. Twas almost the pits!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
Now contract brewed by Badger, and I can only assume that Interbrews instructions are to turn out as much as they can as cheaply as they can, because Badgers own beers are generally quite decent. The Flowers, however, is a very mediocre beast and really gives the impression of a macro brewer going through the motions. Thin, boring and vaguely malty with good helpings of soggy cardboard. I almost wish Id foregone the rate and taken the alternative on offer - Harveys Sussex Best Bitter (which I soon moved on to) instead. Cask (handpump), Civil Service Club (well it was the only place where being able to watch the England footy match in reasonable comfort was a prospect), London SW1.

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