Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bakewell, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask: Special - 2007.
Now a annual seasonal

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
Cask at Euston Tap. Clear gold pour, sturdy white head. Great citrus hops in the nose, orange and honey, light bread. Really nice flavor, plenty of juiciness, more orange, mild caramel and bread, nice bitters, light earth. Light to medium in body with good, average carbonation. Bit more bread in the finish, rindy, leafy and earthy bitters in the throat, good citrusy sugars. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8052) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
On gravity at the Tewkesbury Beer festival, 4/02/2011. Clear gold in colour with a lacy white head. Light tangerine aroma, with a hint of ginger and malt sweetness. Sweetish, cereal malt flavour, with citrus fruit, a pinch of spice and dryish finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9811) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2011
Cask at NWAF, Manchester 21.01.11 Pours clear gold with white bubbly head, good clarity and good condition to this. There is a little bit of popcorn in the background, touch of soapy hops and the bitterness stays on throughout. A6 A5 T7 P4 Ov13 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2010
More good work from Thornbridge. They do make very good standard type English ales. Gold with a lasting thin white head. Clean hop aroma. Nice vanilla, some fruit and hops in the flavour. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (45196) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2010

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

Clear medium yellow orange color with a small to average, fizzy to frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, sweet fruit, moderate to light light heavy hoppy, citrus, apricot. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is flat to soft. [20100122]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2010
Cask. Slightly hazy golden with a small off-white head. Fresh citrusy nose - perhaps even a whiff of ginger. Light body, flat, citrusy even a hint of lime. Fairly hoppy finish even with a little alcohol showing. 220110

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4686) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
[email protected] Winter Beer Festival, 2010. Golden beer with a strongish head. The aroma is fruity and hopped, and the flavour is dry and fruity. Overall an average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nomad (18) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2010
Cask at Manchester Winterfest. Top condition pale gold beer with a white collar. Citrus, elderflower and hops in the nose and a subtle fresh taste of grapefruit, pineapple and even German white wine. Nice dry finish gives a glimpse of winter sunshine. Bizarre for a winter beer even by Thornbridges standards but a welcome relief from all the black damage Ive been drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13563) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
Cask conditioned at The White Horse, Parsons Green. Burnished gold with white head. Another fine beer from Thornbridge, hoppy, fresh and crisp. Lemony, grapefruit notes with a slightly herbal finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2009
8 3/4 Pint Mini cask. This is hard for me. On one hand this is a well crafted ale, and on that basis I have given it a relatively high-ish mark, but on the other hand and on a Thornbridge scale of marking it would have scored a lot lower. My main gripe, is that Thornbridge is capable of making some of the best, most interesting ale that this country has to offer, but this is neither interesting nor wintery... It is to all intense and purposes a "Blonde," a very good one, but a Blonde all the same. On a universal scale his is a very competent brew, on a Thornbridge scale, however, this is close to being bland and rather safe... But on with rather more objective comments: Aroma has that classic Tbridge grapefruit/citrus hop aroma, lovely aromatics plus some more yeasty notes and a little grass/pine in the background. Looks lovely, brilliant deep golden, small white creamy head. The flavour is pleasant, with more yeasty/bready/doughie notes, then some light maltiness all balanced by a light bitterness coming from the hops... But where is the flavour in those hops? Yes there is some citrus, and some cut grass freshness, but where are all the lovely Tbridge juicy flavours in this brew? Where is its unique character? This could almost be Hopback Summer Lightning! Finishes with a light bitterness and perhaps the faintest twist of mandarin. Maybe Im missing the point here, but could someone please explain HOW this is a winter warmer? I dig subtlety, I dig restraint but this is just a little too tame for me. If it were a hot summers day this beer would be perfect, but at 10 dergrees C with a bitter wind rattling outside it does no more than remind me of summer just past - or perhaps the Sun on a crisp winters day - but that is a close to wintery as this beer gets. I love Thornbridge but this has unfortunately failed my (perhaps too high) expectations.

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