imdownthepub (15130) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2010
Bottled, 330ml from Notcutts Nursery, Oxford. Clouded orange amber with big white head. For the ABV this pack a bit of a flavour punch, there is a slight roasty taste in the malt, drying but a little unbalanced due to a similar impact from the hop. Astringent bitterness prevails, which isn’t a bad thing, but the palate is looking for a little balance. Very pricey looking at the bottle size. Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a cloudy, honey-amber with a creamy, white head. Light caramel aroma with some citrus tartness. Flavor has some light sweetness, but there is a fairly strong bitterness that overpowers the flavor profile. Earthy bitterness with some grapefruit. There are touches toasted malts as well. Light to medium in body with average carbonation. Finishes with lingering hops. Unfortunately I think this beer is slightly out of code, but it is still decent. evergreen0199 (3460) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2010
On tap at the brewery in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. An amber coloured pour with a floral, hoppy aroma. Tastes rather light, slightly bitter/sweet, fruity. wheresthepath (2371) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
[330ml bottle from Waitrose, Marlow] Lots of big chunks of sediment in this one, but quite easy to avoid with careful storage and pouring. Poured an odd slightly cloudy amber-brown, with a small but lasting white head. Good fresh malty smell that made me want to tuck in immediately! There’s an odd greasy mouthfeel, but the flavour is that classic English barnyard hay & straw, with some malt behind and a bit of pepper. There’s a fair whack of bitterness too (according to the website there’s 34 IBU’s, whatever that means) but it’s a fresh, uplifting bitterness that is perfectly balanced against the other flavours. Aftertaste is still that refreshing bitterness, although the greasy mouthfeel unfortunately remains to haunt it. Pepper comes through again strongly some time after finishing it. Overall this is a top-notch bitter with a delightfully fresh, modern taste; it’s a shame it only comes in a 330ml bottle (which left me feeling rather short changed!) - I do feel English beers need a 500ml bottle or pint to fully appreciate them. berkshirejohn (6611) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2008
33cl bottle from Waitrose. Brilliant amber with a loose off-white head; spicy plum aroma; malty body with more spicy fruit and a sharp bitter finish. Light and very drinkable.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2007
A Sim rate (Cask at Reading Beer Festival): Aroma of plum, malt and herbs: maybe coriander or parsley. Flavour is similar with a bit of black pepper and sage. Nice beer. chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
Cask (gravity dispense), Reading Beer Festival, April 2006. Copper colour and in good condition. The malty aroma has a slightly raw feel to it. Dry on the palate, with a fair dollop of robust bitterness. Its unrealistic to expect too much body or depth in what is virtually a boys bitter but, as a quaffer, its fine.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2006
Cask Stillage at the Victoria Leisure Centre, Nottingham 20/10/2006
Floral and slightly spicy aroma. Amber coloured with a slightly hazy appearance. A little dryness in a fresh spicy finish. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2006
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Reading BF. A slightly lighter than amber coloured beer. The aroma has a little light hop but nowt much. The taste again has a little hoppy character but is very plain and very much an English light bitter. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Cask Conditioned at Reading BF 2006. Amber. Odd malt/malt extract aroma that wears off to something far nicer after a few minutes. Flavour is mostly malt, a touch thin and some dryness with not much bitterness. Fruit juice and tannins in the background. Starts off a bit sketchy but a pretty good ordinary session bitter when you get in to it, but doesn’t remind me of the classic Henley Brakspear Bitter at all. (3/5)
Bottle, from an old notebook around 2008. A bottle of Henley Gold was opened just before which ended up over the table and was clearly infected. With that in mind I was prepared for this to be the same and opened it over the sink but it still ended up over the wall and floor. Two clearly infected (different) beers out of 3 from the same brewer just shouldn’t happen. If this was really being brewed by Old Luxters at the time it could explain it. (0.5/5)