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Brewed by Hanlon’s (prev O’Hanlon’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Occasional. Also available bottle conditioned, mainly for export to America.
Has been seen as Royal Oak Pale Ale and Royal Oak Traditional Bitter.
Ingredients: Optic Pale, Crystal, and Torrified Wheat malts; Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
"Royal Oak is a pale ale of noble character in the grand tradition of British country brewing. Classically deep amber, rich in malt and fragrant with hop aroma, it’s a rounded, soft ale of beautifully balanced complexity and lasting finish."

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3.3
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
Appearance: Brown body color reminds me of apple cider. Massive , thick head that sticks to the sides of the mug, very fluffy. Smell: Mild, aromatic hops aroma. Taste: A kind of mineral, earthy taste but a little bit thin in body. Finishes a little bit astringent, not bad. Mouthfeel: This is better, hops are balanced, not aggresive and mild malt in there also. A little bit citrusy & floral in the palate. Finishes a bit bitter. Reviewed on: 04-03-2008

3.8
hauxe (858) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - OCT 9, 2016
Rated from old notes. Smells like bad wine, tastes like a watery port with caramel and a hint of carbonation. A complex beer with a bittersweet taste. Nice creamy head. Good.

2.4
zvsn (2188) - ISRAEL - SEP 20, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Vova. BBD 12/2008. Hazy amber brown no head. Smell of honey, prunes, raisins, caramel. Sweet, oxidized, honey, raisins, soy and yeast flavors. Medium-bodied, sticky.

1.9
rayaron (1919) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle sample at Vova’s Hoppy Beerthday tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin, Tel Aviv. Thanks Vova. BBD 26/12/2008. Brownish-amber with no head. Aroma of raisin and sweet port wine, feels quite old. Very sweet flavor, kind of old port wine, lots of raisin, watery. Flat, medium-bodied. Too old.

3.7
bhensonb (15487) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
From the file last updated in 2010. Pours dark amber. Malty aroma. Flavor is roast malt and floral hop. Liked it.

3.6
Sissio (1696) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 26, 2014
On tap in Folgaria Clear amber, cappucino head Light caramel, a hint of pear, very drinkable and quite refreshing

3.6
Patrickctenchi (6659) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Light, wooden amber with a huge, sculpted, tan head. Scent is caramel, pear, apple. Taste is tart fruit, toffee, bready. Nice woody/herbal bitter. Very good.

3.8
BlackHaddock (7507) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2012
Royal Oak Traditional Bitter (on label): 500ml Brown bottle, bottle conditioned beer, best before 20th Apr 2010, drank 22nd Dec 2009. Poured into my ’Old Speckled Hen’ pint vase. Very little head sat on top of my deep, dark amber beer, the body was almost see through. The beer is supposed to be made to an 1896 recipe using original methods, not sure the original would have been this clear. My garage was cold today and the beer might be suffering because of that (no head for instance) , very little smell at first, then as it warmed a hoppy aroma mixed with malted biscuits began to arrive. Later an English apple orchard and country garden fragrance added to the enjoyment within the smells. Hoppy flavour, not overpowering, but hops dominate the taste, be the beer cold or warming. A good quality Bitter with all the attributes to make it an agreeable drink. The 5% ABV sits happily within the brew and although not hidden, is masked well by the lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Should have allowed the beer to warm up more before starting the review, but I was thirsty! The beer might even have had a ’chill haze’ it was so cold.

3.3
tombyars (1724) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2012
First tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2006. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thin white head. Sweet biscuity aroma laced with toffee, short in intensity. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts give a clear digestive biscuit base with bags of tart redcurrant fruit full in the mouth. Strong and spicy notes to the bitter hop resins, building up a woody flavour to the long aftertaste. Finish is malty with dry vinous cask notes present throughout. This is a traditional style of ESB and worth seeking out.

3.5
reebtogi (6326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
500ml bottle pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a big beige head that settles to some really nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and some nice aromatic hops. Taste is toasty malted sweetness with some nuttiness and a mild hoppy bitter finish. A very nicely balanced beer with a medium body and spritzy carbonation.


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