Brewed by Hop Back
Style: Bitter
Salisbury, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
Cask; Regular.
Also known as Celtic Bitter in Celtic Inns pubs.
Golden, light, clean and tasty - ideal session ale. Hoppy aroma from East Kent Goldings, dry finish.

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ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 Draught pint at NERAX on 5/2/07
Small, manageable white head is creamy and retained modestly well. Beige-golden body is fully bright. Little/no lace.
Very malty nose delays the presence of the hops, which are very, very soft and lightly floral at most. Some nuttiness, not really a crispness and light pepper-like notes sit on the finish, with a very clean yeast presence adding very soft, fruity esters. Mostly, it is a medium-sweet, creamy malt full of baked white bread, light barley grain and some biscuits. A deeper streak of buttercream runs through it, though is distinctly not diacetyl. Medium strength of aroma, some light paperiness and tannin on finish. No alcohol or flaws.
Very malty flavor up front has vanilla, buttercream and bread dough all providing a fair complexity, but a slightly seltzer-like finish, almost like a hard-pretzel, stemming from the yeast, nuttiness and dry malt tannin, seems rather bland and not really crisp. True, there is some hoppiness, but EKGs are never very crisp and the bitterness is extremely minimal. Still, it’s well-done to style and flawless. I guess I’m just not crazy about the malts and the slight hardness/graininess. Not enough balancing softness nor a supple enough texture. Medium-low carbonation.

anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2006
Cask @ Volunteer ARms, GBBF 2006. Clear golden colour with a white head. FRuity slightly malty aroma. Sweet malty slightly bitter hoppy flavor. Malty finish.

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2006
Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Golden colour with a slim white head. Flowery and perfumed, honey in the taste. I found this too sickly to enjoy and the homeophatic approach to the alcohol content is somewhat criminal.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Memorial Hall, Northwich 21/09/2002 Golden colour with a slightly smoked aroma. Some bitterness in a hop finish.

harrisoni (19336) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
Cask handpull at Head of Steam, Euston. It has been ages since I had this. Golden, thin white head. Slightly nettley farm yardy aroma which to be honest always puts me off. OK in mouth with some grapes, bit wet, not enough body for me. Then dry, dusty hop finish with tingling citrus acids. OK, but not a big fan

Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
Cask conditioned, GBBF 2005: Flowery aroma. Some sweetness in the flavour. Finish is quite bitter and slightly harsh.

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
Light herbal aroma with some cake-like yeast. Brilliant, clear, golden blonde with creamy, dense, fine-bubbled, white head that lasts very well and laces the glass. Herbal hop notes and a lemon citrus character in the mild clean malty flavour. Fair finishing bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Cask at GBBF 2005.

Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2005
[Cask conditioned] Golden coloured. Below average. Light in aroma and flavour. Rather thin.

DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2005
On handpump from The Alex in Derby. Light yellowish brown colour. Lightly hoppy. Fruity & refreshing. Bitter in the aftertaste

chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2005
Fleeting pale malt aroma. Dry, with some bitterness towards the finish, but there’s not a lot of hop character, or much else for that matter. Maybe a touch of citrus. A basic, straightforward session beer. No glaring shortcomings, but no highlights either. It came and went without making much of an impression. Cask (gravity), Battersea Beer Festival 2005.

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