Formerly brewed at Brains

Style: Bitter
Luton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 52   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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Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2004
Cask Conditioned, Charles Dickens, Beaconsfield, Bucks. This is everything thats BAD about cask ale. Bland, Bland, Bland, Bland. It has this kind of sweet/stale character, with a slightly malty finish. Please avoid! Reminds me of the time I was experimenting with an old beer engline, pumping canned Tetleys through!

BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2004
On tap at The Anchor, Cambridge, UK. Only slightly more lively than others sampled. Very small hop presence. Not impressive at all.

imdownthepub (15333) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Lampett Arms, Tadmarton, Oxon. A beer with a chequered past and an uncertain future, the life has left this one, but this is quite typical. Another unloved traveller that could be so much more. Boiled malt with cabbagy hops, cheaply thrown together. Why do Macro Brewery's not look after their brands instead of cost reducing?

Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 8, 2003
I had this beer many years ago in England at one time when I was too lazy and stupid to write my thoughts. I will update this as soon as I get my hands on this beer again.

Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2003
[Cask] Flowery hop aroma. The finish is not as bitter as one would have expected from an IPA. It is rather sweet and honeyish.

Spiesy (2337) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2003
Cask Conditioned, at The Sutton Arms, London
Clear amber colour with a descent beige head that appeared frozen or motionless. Decent bitter aroma and flavour. Good body for and structure I thought. Nice bitter trailer that keeps you guessing. This beer concluded this evening pub crawl home. Unlike SilkTork I caught this just on which may account for the differences. PS: that head was still there when I left.

SilkTork (5855) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 April, 2003:Cask, 5 Bells, Tenterden. This was near the end of the cask and did show some sourness towards the end of the pint. Having said that, it still wasn’t an impressive beer. The hops were edging toward stewed. The malt base was thin and boring. Flowers used to be a nice pint, but it has suffered in recent years. The Flowers brewery was founded in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1831 as Flower & Son. In 1954 they were bought by J. W. Green Ltd of Luton, and the name was changed to Flowers. The Whitbread empire took over in 1961, closing the brewery down seven years later when they transferred production to the Cheltenham brewery. It was the Cheltenham Flowers that I remember with fondness - but in 1999 the brewery was closed down and Flowers moved into the Boddington’s Strangeway brewery in Manchester. Then came the Great Millenium when the Interbrew stormtroopers, with huge smirks on their faces, took over the Whitbread and Bass brewing empires. Under pressure from the UK government they gave up the Bass brewing operation, and now only produce two cask beers - Flowers Original and Flowers IPA. A small (and declining) portion of the vast Boddingtons keg output is also produced in the cask. [1.8]
June, 2003: Cask, King’s Head, Rochester. This one was in better condition. It was drinkable without being remarkable. Upped a few points. [2.4]
March, 2005:The Fox, Maidstone. Nice pub with a good atmosphere and a half decent range of beers. This is a softly malty and nicely balanced Best Bitter. It lacks freshness and has a metallic feel in the finish. A drinkable ale but little to commend - indeed, off-flavours intrude more and more: a curious mix of stale, greasy and metallic. [2.1]

RobBestwick (967) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2003
Well balanced nose with hops and malts, dark bronze hue, this is well balanced but a little weak, the hops and malts dont really bite at all and it could do with more carbonation - however it is not by any means a bad IPA

Crit (4057) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2002
Flat, light and watery............................................

eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2002
Flat, syruppy and unpleasant. Heaps of rotting tropical fruit and no bitterness. IPA? eh?

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