Brewed by Lovibonds Brewery
Style: Bitter
Henley-on-Thames, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
Cask & Bottle conditioned; Regular.
Henley has long been known for the best pint of Ordinary. This 3.4% session ale is no exception. We use Maris Otter as a base malt with a special blend of roasted malts to give this bitter a complex malt profile.
Generous additions of 3 English hop varieties give this ale exceptional hop character.
Tasting notes: The amber coloured ale has a good balance of juicy malt and hop character on the nose. The flavour finishes with a balance of bitterness from roasted barley, leading to a long clean bitterness of English hops. Finishes dry.
Suggested food pairing: Excellent beer paired with roasted or grilled meats - chicken, pork or beef. Will also pair well with grilled vegetables.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (11623) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2015
Keg at the Lovibonds tap takeover Brewdog Camden. Clear bright orange / light amber coloured pour with a lasting thin white head. Aroma is lovely rounded sweet malts with honey, toffee and candy. Nice earthy pollen on the nose as well. Flavour follows with more toffee biscuity malts, pollen, caramel biscuit, mineral. Palate is semi sweet, bit thin, high carbonation. Could dial back the carbonation a bit. Lovely lingering honey, earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (6410) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (5076) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle from Waitrose, Windsor. This hazy amber beer pours with a large foamy head. It has caramel, chocolate and slight sour red fruity flavours with a zesty fruity and slight malty finish. Excellent for the very low ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12489) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 7, 2011
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours hazy amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has grass, caramel, light apricot. Medium carbonation, light but lovely dry mouthfeel. Flavour is dry, bitter, grassy, pine, light sweet caramel. Super nice dry finish. Very good for the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2300) - 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! Theres an odd greasy mouthfeel, but the flavour is that classic English barnyard hay & straw, with some malt behind and a bit of pepper. Theres a fair whack of bitterness too (according to the website theres 34 IBUs, whatever that means) but its 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; its 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (20814) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (14342) - 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 isnt a bad thing, but the palate is looking for a little balance. Very pricey looking at the bottle size.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a cloudy amber with a creamy and lacing off-white head. The nose has a little fruit and some UK hops. Medium body, fruit and caramel with dry and dusty hops. 050111

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