Brewed by Theakston
Style: Bitter
Masham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Regular.
Changed from 3.6% to 3.8% in 2004.
Previously brewed under contract at John Smiths at Tadcaster due to lack of capacity at Masham. Production returned to Masham in 2009.
This fine, golden coloured beer has a full flavour that lingers pleasantly on the palate. With a good bitter-sweet balance this beer has a robust hop character described as citrus and spicy. It’s a refreshing and very satisfying pint – noted for the aroma of its Fuggles and dry hopping strain Golding to add to its characteristic Theakston aroma.

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tombyars (1790) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2012
First tasted this in the Winnock Hotel, Drymen in June 1987. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear orange amber in colour with a thick creamy off white head. Sparkling orange peel note in the short refreshing aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt gives a juicy digestive biscuit base with tangy fruit notes of thick cut marmalade and lemon fruit. Spicy hop resins give a dry floral note to the long bitter aftertaste. Finish is malty and zesty with soft citrus flavours sparkling in the throat. An excellent session bitter and well recommended.

birrabona (247) - ITALY - DEC 8, 2011
on tap. beautiful amber lit, light, soft. soft aroma, however, alive and healthy.alla spina in carboazoto. bella ambrata accesa, leggera, morbida. soft aromatica, comunque viva e sana.

olio (10692) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Cask @ Theakston.
Rated on 20110724.
Aroma of mild fruits, grass and citrus. Flavour is the same. Boring.

thomat (4209) - G�teborg, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2011
Pale amber with a medium white head. Fruity with some hop notes. Fruit, malt and hops. Medium to light body with dry finish.

superflyguy (439) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2011
looks like beer, tastes like beer. it is beer! but nothing else. malt and caramel notes and a little fruit. not very bitter. very average, but drinkable.

AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2011
Had it this after a half of XB and think it lacked a bit taste wise. Very average sort of bitter and that’s what I give it, average ratings, however not a beer I’d turn down a pint of!

greenmanalishi (568) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
A very middle-of-the road malty, caramel bitter. Better than John Smiths, but in that kind of sessionable but bland bracket.

txspartan (1063) - Berchem, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2011
Maybe companies should refrain from labelling something as ’best’, when really, it isn’t.

Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
@ Queen Hotel, Swansea. Amber. Thick sparkler head. Mellow malty character with a mild caramel accent on the palate. Quick, sessionable pint. The nose has a nice spicy hop accent.

fonefan (52415) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ NWAF 10, National Winter Ales Festival, The Venue, Sheridan Suite, Manchester, England.

Clear medium amber orange color with a small to average, fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting - diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, molasses, caramel, fruity, light hoppy, light yeasty, UK yeast. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100122]

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