Brewed by Greene King
Style: Bitter
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Originally brewed by Tolly Cobbold in 1979.
Production moved to Ridleys in 2002. Then to Greene King in 2005.
A regular beer when brewed by Ridleys. Reduced to a monthly August seasonal since the Greene King takeover.
A smooth, malty tasting bitter with a hint of sweetness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36427) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2005
[Cask at Charlies Bar, Copenhagen] A red beer with a nice orange head. The aroma is sweet with notes of berries, especially lingonberries, and malt. The flavor is malty, slightly roasty, and with a nicely hoppy and dry end. The mouthfeel is smooth, but the body is thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24620) - Tyres, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2005
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Copper colour. Fruity and lightly roasty, some herbal spices and hay. The mouthfeel is soft and lovely vital. Its somewhat woody with salty finish. A good, quaffable bitter served in excellent condition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
Cask Conditioned
Beautiful amber color. Simple aroma, with notes of malt and caramel, yeast. Easy drinkable; ordinary bitter, with some yeast (bringing in some fruitness too).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (14208) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2006
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Darkish amber with a wisp of a head. Phew, what a surprise, Tolly Cobbold back on the menu, of course, this is 2 breweries later under the GK banner, but hey whatever. It always was a malty brew this one with a thinnish body but an ovaltine sweetness. I was never overkeen on TC beers and Im glad to say that the GK tea like hop hasnt taken over this. Only below average at best though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (10300) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2006
Cask conditioned at The Crown, Charlton On Otmoor 28-07-06. Dark reddish amber coloured beer, with a large frothy white head. A decent enough uncomplicated malty session bitter that provides us with an alternative to the ubiquitous GK IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2004
Quite dark coloured for a session bitter. Malty aroma and palate, but with a very robust hop bite to set it off. Medium body, dry finish. More character than the norm for a session bitter. Shame Ridleys shut the brewery down. Cask (handpump), The Speaker, London SW1.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2005
[Cask conditioned] Brownish amber coloured. Sweetish and fruity aroma and flavour. Quite soft and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2006
Now presumably under the Greene King banner. Cask at The Three Tuns, Biddenham, Bedford. Dark amber. Pleasant malty aroma. Unassuming sweetish session beer with a little bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Jun 06 Cask conditioned @ Lord Raglan, Wokingham. Fruity malts and toasty caramel with tea like hops. Unsuprisingly this now distinctly GK tasting beer was not to my tastes. 2.4
May 04Cask conditioned @ Giddy Bridge(JDW), Soton. Light lunchtime bitter with plum and orange aromas. Thin but drinkable with pleasant bitterness. 3.1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2004
Cask Conditioned, at the Southwark Tavern, Borough, London.
Amber with a crimson hue, no head. Toasty flavour with caramel and charcoal. Moderate length.

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