Brewed by Upham
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bishops Waltham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask: Unfiltered; Bottle: Filtered. Regularly available
Previously 4.6%
Rich Premium Bitter
Aroma: A fruity hop aroma. Colour: Deep chestnut. Flavour: Stakes has a robust bitterness with discernible hints of grapefruit and toffee that come from a blend of Northdown, Challenger and Cascade hops. This premium ale is brewed with both rye and barley which makes it satisfying, robust and moreish.

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fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2012

Cask (gravity) @ The 17th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2011, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caraeml, smoke, rubber - plastic. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, smoke rubber. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110429]

yespr (45425) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2013
50 cl bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is hoppy, greasy grapefruity. Bitter, toasted malty and medium dry into the finish.

anders37 (26625) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle @ Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig ’13. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.

oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2011
[email protected] Castle, London. Copper colour, small offwhite head. Aroma is fruits, wood, some herbs and milld earthyness. Flavour is wood, sweet malts and some nice floral and herbal notes as well. Quite floral and grassy bitterness in the finish.

madmitch76 (24797) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
10th August 2013
ChrisO’s Pre GBBF ’Are You Scottish?’ tasting. Light haze on this dark amber beer. Little pale cream coloured head. Airy light palate. Papery caramel malt. Little raw grain. Light dried fruits. Dry finish, Clunk clunk!

cgarvieuk (24462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2013
cask at reading ... dark amber ... thin white lacing ... soft sweet dry toffee nose ... dry musty toffee hops... dry fruits ...

Leighton (21235) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle at chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013 - London. Pours clear, dark gold with a frothy white cap. Leafy hops in the nose, wood, dry bread. Light sweet flavor with faint tangy fruits, bread, caramel. Light bodied with average carbonation. Mild sweetness to finish, simple bready malts, leafy bitterness. Fine.

Theydon_Bois (19490) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2013
Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green, 07/04/13. Hazed dark amber with a thin off white head. Nose is malt, vegetal, buttery/diacetyl, light caramel. Taste comprises mild fruit, fart, touch toffee, indescernable flavours of general rancidity. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry in the finish. I’ve had 3 out of 5 from this brewery all twiggy nonsense meets vegetable soup. MEH !!!

harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2013
At Chriso pre GBBF Shindig 2013. Clear amber colour lasting off white head. Ok strong England bitter. It’s fine.

FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2015
Draught (Regal (JDW), Cambridge)
Woh - this is a time machine! I’m back in the 80s. Every beer tasted like this back then. A dull bitter, undergrowthy and a bit minerally. Not a bitter for me. Not really any brewing flaws, it’s just a style that doesn’t do it for me.

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