Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Bitter
Staveley, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular.
Note: The bottled version has a separate listing.

Originally called Best Bitter. A Red Ale. Bitter-sweet. First comes the sweetness of the Dark Crystal malt, which gives it the red colour, and then the long dry finish. A beer for those who like their ale to have some colour and taste of malt.

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JorgeLee (2240) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2017
Cask, Craft Covent Garden. Definite reddish hue, white foam. Big sweet crystal malt hit, almost become bitter, then an earthy hop flavour to it in the finish. Nice flavoursome autumnal bitter.

jjsint (3502) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017
Handpull cask at the Beer Hall, Staveley. Amber and clear with a small uneven off-white head. Malty aroma with additional notes of redcurrant, milk chocolate, cherry candy. Taste is bittersweet and a trifle metallic. The bittering hop asserts itself fairly aggressively right at the finish. More cherry and a touch of wood shavings in the aftertaste. There isn't so much character to this, but it's well made, and the simplicity grows on me throughout the sip.

jmgreenuk (10008) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 1, 2017
Cask at the Pup and Duckling, Solihull. Poured a crystal clear reddish amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is malt, nutty, woody hop. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet with a light, watery, malt, dry light pepper spice, light fruit, light metallic hop bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

AWS9 (743) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2017
Cask. Has a really nice, creamy pour with a copper body - very inviting. Nuts, some barbeque, bit of toffee sweetness. Smooth creamy finish. Really enjoyed this one.

Towey1989 (3270) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2017
Cask at The Holy Inadequate, Etruria. A clear amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of bready malts, caramel, fruit, some red berries, spice, slight plastic and subtle earthy hops. Taste of bready malts, fruit, red berries, some caramel, slight spice and subtle earthy hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, spicy, malty bitterness in the finish. A flavourful, fruity, malty bitter with some spice and a good body. Decent.

AshtonMcCobb (6916) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2016
On cask at the Guildford Arms. Appearance - deep copper to red. Very autumnal. Nice neat head. Nose - some red fruit and toffee. Taste - redcurrants and caramel biscuits. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - nice bitter. Or is it an amber ale?

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2016
1. Cask Handpump at the Hawkshead Brewery Tap, Staveley 24/03/2007 Floral aroma. Amber red coloured hoppy and fruity raspberry flavours. Slightly rich on the palate. Some dryness in a crisp and bitter malt finish.

jeevan (246) - SCOTLAND - JUN 11, 2016
On Cask at the Dog Beck Penrith. Pours a nice deep amber with a creamy head. Malty caramel aromas. Taste is the same. Not that much going on with this. Okay.

jamestulloch (4330) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2015
Cask at The Hanging Bat. Clear amber body with a dense beige head. Good lacing. Aroma of eggy fart, wood and autumn leaves. Flavour of weak tea, caramel, milk chocolate and a peppery finish. Thin body with an oily mouthfeel. No carbonation. Weird smell for such a mild flavour. The fartiest beer I’ve ever tried.

Stuu666 (14916) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2015
Cask at the hanging bat. Pours clear deep amber, nose is malty toffee, grassy, taste is sweet, toffee, floral.

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