Brewed by Phoenix (Oak Brewing Co.)
Style: Bitter
Heywood, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Seasonal - October to February

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anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2009
Cask @ Crown And Kettle, M4 Manchester. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

cgarvieuk (25744) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2009
cask in Cloisters edinburgh ... light amber ... light hop and light fmellon nose ... tart grapefruit hop with again some mellon... hop linger i dont like.

hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Pale gold with a small white head. Hoppy aroma, perhaps a bit citric. Limey citric taste. Slight bitterness. Fairly average midsummer ale that they happen to market with a winter theme.

fonefan (50762) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2008
Cask (gravity) @ The National Winter Ales Festival 2008, Manchester, UK. Clear light to medium orange color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is light malty, toasted, roasted, moderate hoppy, pine, grape. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat. (170108)

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 A Mes rerate: Gravicask at Manc Winter Fest.
Dark blonde with a brownish hue. Lovely almost double IPA hoppy aroma. Very bitter & aromatic hoppy flavour. Superbly drinkable and very enjojyable. Amazing what a bit of condition can do...

Original notes.
Gravicask at Pigs Ear.
Darkish gold with just a whisp of head. Slight vanilla and diacetyl in the aroma but some nice fruity hops hops save the day. More of the same in the flavour with a lengthy hop finish.

KnutAlbert (6771) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2007
Cask at Pig’s Ear BF. Nice hoppiness here, a good bitter with a long lingering finish. A bit yeasty, perhaps, but it is a nice one.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 1. Cask Handpump at Ye Cracke, Liverpool 22/11/2001 Amber golden coloured with some sour fruit and citrus flavours. Dry hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 26/12/2007 Hop aroma. White head. Golden coloured and hoppy with a crisp and slightly dry bitter malt finish.

ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2005
(cask at Akkurat, Stockholm) Golden, small bubbly head. Sharp hoppy aroma with hints of salt, grapefruit juice and mango. Simple flavour of grapefruit juice, apricot and salt. Raw grassy hop bitter finish.

Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2005
Cask at the Market Porter, Borough Market, London. With Chris_o and joet. Pale. Some citric hops in the aroma (cascades?). Fruity & malty beer with some hop bitterness and a slight hint of sourness. Nice.

chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
Pale straw colour. Very hoppy. Citrous on the palate. Refreshing in a "summer ale" kind of way, although, curiously, this is a winter brew. This is the fourth Phoenix beer I have submitted notes on and all are suspiciously similar - the brewery seems to produce a bewildering array of seasonal and occasional brews that must have only subtle differences in the recipr. Dry finish. A nice pint. Handpump, Head of Steam, Euston, November 2003.

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