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


on tap

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   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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fonefan (51095) - 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]

Ungstrup (38413) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
[Cask at GBBF 2004] An orange beer with white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of honey, while the flavor is fruity combined with honey and a bitter end, but the body is thin.

anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2006
Cask @ JDW, Heathrow. Pours a copper colour with a small off-white head. Fruity malty aroma with some hints of hops. Fruity malty slightly bitter flavor. Malty bitter finish.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2008
Cask. Aroma is wood and flowery hops along with some slight sourness to it. Flavour is sweetish sour redberries along with some wooden dryness. Long berryish aftertaste along with some sour apples.

Travlr (26091) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Clear amber, thin white head. Aroma of pine and malt. Bitter throughout, especially in the finish. Average.

cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2007
Pale amber coloured ale, light hop nose, with a light fruity malt with little bitterness

Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2010
Cask. Clear deep golden with hardly any head. Lightly tart, fruity nose. Thin and watery, a little nutiness with a vague underlying tartness. No real bitterness. Extremely thin and bland. 220110

Leighton (22307) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
Cask at The Ship Tavern, London. Pours clear gold with a foamy, white head. Dry, crunchy toast malts on the nose with hints of dry leaves as well. Light sweet flavor, pretty dry with dull toast, wood, dry leaves, faint citrus and toasty sugar. Light bodied with average carbonation. Decent condition. Semi-dry to finish and lightly crisp, though also somewhat watery, with toasty and crunchy malts and dried leaves. Bland.

chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2004
Although this is listed under the Theakstons Brewery in Masham, I believe it is made at Scotco’s Tyne brewery in Newcastle (which they are now shutting down). Wherever it’s from, it’s a poor drop. Standard amber colour. Quite arid malt with some bitterness but, overall thin and tinny, and none too fresh. Cask (handpump), Greencoat Boy (T&J Bernard), Victoria, London SW1. I have had this several times and been none too impressed (with the exception of the Falcon in Arncliffe, Yorkshire, where it is the only draught beer - and I mean the ONLY draught - they sell, jugged straight from the barrel). I only drunk this because I realised I had never rated it before and, frankly, it would have been better avoided. Let’s hope the Theakston family do a better job when they get their hands back on it.

fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2003
[Hand pumped, in England] Golden color. Poor aroma. Simple taste, pretty sweet, quite watery, some citrus fruitness, poor hop. Fresh, but too watery.

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