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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fonefan (49554) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 16, 2009
Bottle 50cl.
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, citrus, orange. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20090123]

harrisoni (18809) - 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.

imdownthepub (14745) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2007
Bottle conditioned, 500ml. From Tesco, Banbury. Brown orange with white head, sl volcanic. Toffee like dry beer with a slug of caramel malt. Reasonable bitterness with a lemony hoppy note, lasting on the tongue with some natural carbonation. Not bad.

Fin (10609) - 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.

leaparsons (10606) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle. Golden brown with a small head. Aromas are toffee malts with jaffa cake orangey bits. Dry and resinous. Flavours are caramel malts with bitter lemon. Dry and hoppy with citrus and sweet toffee on the finish. A well bottled bitter.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2010
500ml Bottle at Home 27/04/2010 Fruity aroma. Some carbonation. Small white head. Amber coloured and fruity with an orange flavour. Crisp dry and slightly nutty malt finish.

downender (8687) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2008
Orange coloured with a decent, long-lasting white head. Aroma of caramel, orange fruit and some earthy hops. The flavour had plenty of caramel malt, some citrus and a moderate bitter finish. Good.

DruncanVeasey (8239) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2009
Muddy red with a bilious white slick. What have Tesco been doing to this poor beer? End of festival dead and headless. Red juicy aroma with blackcurrant, mulled orange, earthy and toffeeish malt hints. Damp and heartburn acidic with spoling alcohol notes, yeast, strawberry, oak and blackcurrant. Dry husky finish with a bitter nutty aftertaste. Not enjoyable.

berkshirejohn (6530) - 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.

SilkTork (5752) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 August 2008 500ml bottle from Tesco. Slightly reddish tinge. Nice hop flavours - amarillo hops are always very tasty. Malt is clean and pleasant with a gentle toffee sweetness, though is mainly a clean, fresh base for the aromatic hops. This is a lovely beer. If the malts pulled more, this would be splendid. [3.4]
Oct, 2010 Bottle from 2007. Pretty much what I said in 2008 for the fresh bottle applies here, though the hops are little muted and rugged, with some stewed tea flavours coming in. It’s a nice beer without being amazing. [3.1]

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