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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fonefan (51072) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
Cask Handpump. Clear orange color, short head. Aroma is moderately hoppy, grainy. Bitter taste and palate.

Ungstrup (38384) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 5, 2004
An amber beer with a huge off-white head. The aroma is nicely hoppy. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, and aroma as well as bitter hops. A fine IPA.

chriso (21656) - 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.

harrisoni (19331) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2005
Cask at County Hotel (JDW) Ashford. Amber in colour, some perfumed hops on nose. Acidic in mouth and on end. Bit ordinary until you get a smack of tangy hops on the end.

Oakes (18794) - 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.

imdownthepub (15330) - 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.

leaparsons (10765) - 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.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the Station Buffet, Stalybridge 16/11/2001 Golden coloured with citurs aroma. Poured lively. Full hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Unicorn, Altrincham (JDW) 24/06/2003 Golden coloured slightly pale and hoppy. Some dryness in a malt finish.

caesar (7281) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
Clear orange color, short head. Aroma is moderately hoppy, grainy. Bitter taste and palate.

SilkTork (5854) - 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.

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