Formerly brewed at Davenports (prev Highgate)
Style: Bitter
Walsall, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Status uncertain. Also available in bottle. Previously 4.5%.
Brewed at Highgate following the closure of Smiles Brewery in 2004. The brand was subsequently acquired by HWBC Limited, which took over Highgate in 2010.

This fusion of selected malts and hops, Challenger, Styrian Golding, creates an ale of the finest quality. The addition of Fuggles hops late in the brewing results in a delicate aroma sensation on the tongue as befits a beer formulated for the elite in the British Empire.

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YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
On tap at Britannia, London: Nice little medium foamy head o the deep orange colored brew. Leaving laces on the glass. Not much of a nose. Toffee and butterscotch taste, but ok, soft and silky first, then dry bitter finish.

chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2004
Very appealing clear copper colour. Fruit predominates throughout, with a hint of malt. Some citrus hop notes, but quite subtle and fade away quickly and lacks some grip on the finish. Easy drinking stuff. Perfectly pleasant but somehow uninspiring. As usual, I deduct one point for calling it an IPA when it is not. Handpump, The Speaker, London SW1.

Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2003
[Cask conditioned] Light amber coloured. Hoppy and tasty. Smooth mouthfeel. Refreshing.

imdownthepub (15524) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2003
Cask conditioned at Dave's. Bloody marvelous beer, lots of hops, lots of 'delicate aroma sensation on the tongue' whatever that is. Hey its just a great beer, see forum.

SilkTork (5925) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2003
Had this in Bath while watching Ireland go out of the World Cup. A lively beer with a bright, almost orange tinge. Bags of citric fruit and some floral notes from Fuggles hops. Clean and refreshing without being sharp. A melodic sweetness plays its way through, like a sweet, juicy grapefruit. A very pleasant beer. [3]
Re-rate Cask, London & Rye, Catford. Light amber moving toward golden. Fresh loose natural head. Old socks aroma. Citric and brown sugar is initial flavour. Aroma and flavour becoming more fruity. Fresh grapefruit with a touch of lime. Finish is watery, drying out to a citric astringency. [2.9]
Re-rate. Cask, Jolly Drayman - The Gravesend Lunchtime Stroll JD is a relaxed and friendly pub built in the old offices of the long closed Wellington Brewery - the building of which can be seen opposite. Reasonable food & free newspapers. 3 ales plus Tiger always on offer.
Bitter coloured bitter with a pleasing tang, but mostly a lack of interest. Some watery sweet malt with a hazy hop bitterness that develops into that pleasing tang in the finish, but is otherwise unremarkable. [2.8]
Score is average of three samples.

leaparsons (10865) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2003
Golden in colour, this has a nice spicy, pine, hoppy nose. As for the flavour - its a let down. Its simply not hoppy enough for an IPA and the lack of body doesn't help. Merely average.

Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2002
Amber; black currant & hops on the nose; fruity (cherry, raspberry) with some lively hop character. Fresh and quaffable, like all Smiles I've had. And they said there was no good reason to visit Bristol. I'll tell you, between the cask ciders and the Coronation Tap (Cheddar Valley is highly recommended) and Smiles, Bristol ain't so bad after all.

eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2002
I am yet to taste a truly bitter English IPA. They seem to go more for fat sweaty fruity flavours which, if I was stuck in India working up a thirst running an empire, would be the last thing I would feel like. This one at least has a dry finish to wind up the fat pineapple juice and crystal malt flavours. Lacks complexity or depth. i was even drinkin g this in a nonsmoking section of the Kings Arms and I still couldnt smell a thing.

Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2002
Relatively light in color, with a mild aroma. Most distinguished by a citric finish--not as pleasant as could be. Good palate however. (On tap, King's Arms, Oxford)

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