Tesco Finest Bottle Conditioned Ale

Formerly brewed at Hanlon’s (prev O’Hanlon’s)

Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Cheshunt, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle conditioned.
A clean and citrusy amber ale, featuring toffee and floral aromas and hints of tangerine. Brewed from combinations of Challenger, Northdown and Amarillo hops.

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davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2007
A nice surprise from the mrs...I didn’t even realise Tesco did their own rage of finest bottle conditioned beers. Lively pour, big fluffy head and lots of lacing left in the glass. Toffee and caramel on the nose but I found this one was more dominated by cirrus in the mouth with the malts taking a backseat. Nice fizzy finish...ot bad.

berkshirejohn (6491) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2007
500ml bottle. It was a shock to open the bottle and find yeast sediment on the inside of the cap - I guess the staff at my local Tescos don’t know how to store bottle conditioned ales!
This made for a very lively pour and a rather cloudy appearance. Hazy amber body with a large and loosely formed beige head; rich spicy toffee aroma; toffee malt flavour; a short buzzy bitter finish. Not bad - probably better if stored correctly.

beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2007
A lively pour, hazy copper with thick creamy beige head. Aroma yeast, citrus, caramel. smooth toffee malt flavour, fruity and with citrus amarillo hints. creamy mouthfeel, short citrussy finish. drinkable and quite refreshing.

harrisoni (18572) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2007
500ml bottle from Tesco. Isn’t this a re-badge of Royal Oak?? Reddy brown, thin beige head. Yeasty fruity malty aroma. Good biting hop on end. Not sure the BCA works. Bit earthy. Nice hop though.

HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle 500ml (BBE 24 Apr 2009) from Tesco, Bournemouth. Bloody hell, just had half the bottle all over the floor! So, the bottle had rested for three days at fractionally below room temperature and it was opened carefully. The bloody ale came shooting out of the bottle before I had my glass ready. I’ve known some lively ales but this is ridiculous. Well, I’m not now in the best frame of mind for reviewing this ale. It gushes a golden amber colour with a large white head. Nothing noteable about the aroma, but I will sniff the mop again in the morning to see if I missed anything! From the small amount that I managed to salvage, I would say that this is a distinctly average brew and neither I nor my insurers will be wanting to risk a second bottle.

dj (620) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle, 500ml. An nice fresh hoppy, citrus, yeasty aroma. Taste is toasted malt balanced out with a little hoppiness, hints of caramel and orange. Finish is citrus, slightly sour and a little sweet. Moderate carbonation. An enjoyable, easy-to-drink brew.

Fin (10536) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2007
Bottle from Oxford Tesco 01-11-07 Poured mid amber with some bubbling and a tight white head. The aroma I found to be musty at first but this was followed by some floral notes though I never got tangerine. Feels soft in the mouth the bitterness is very subdued, some soft creamy vanilla like flavours, also fudge, a reasonable beer that could have been so much better me feels.

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