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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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BA SCORE
89
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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4.6/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

mizx, May 31, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, one finger frothy head. Bubbles aplenty, but settles down soon enough. 4.2% bottled version.
Citrus smell, with lots of lemon and lime, with peel and zest. Almost smells like a radler, if not for some biscuity malts and green hops.
Great crisp taste, with lots of citrus and limes. Grainy and slightly toasted biscuity malts, but still pale. A low orange - floral sweetness, almost tropical, just enough to compensate the sour lemons. Green notes towards the finish, a bit of tobacco hops too, some woodiness, slight hint of metal, bitter.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel, with a slight buttery feel to it. Crisp dry finish, but extremely refreshing.
A nice summer bitter, thirst-quenching and packed with (not very complex, yes) hops. Very easy to drink.

dcmchew, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On cask pull at the White Horse in Parson's Green London.

Pours a very clear light golden colour, light in the body, but with a full, fine and solid head of white that sits like a nitro tap. Lacing is excellent. Carbonation is fine when tilted, otherwise still. Looks very noble in the glass.

Nose is crisp and bright, and certainly hoppier than I expected. Slight zesty lemon characters, green herbal notes and quite earthy. Some bready grain comes through as well. Overall, it's fairly decent.

Taste is also good. Clean crisp and bright bitterness gives it a solidity and an earthy underpinning. Slight floury grain comes through, but mostly things are nicely in balance. Feel is actually pretty light. I expected a bit more on the body, but you can't have everything.

Very drinkable overall, and very pleasantly sessionable. At only-just-3%-ish, it's a beer you could sit on for a long while. I liked it a lot.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

vinicole, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

TT--Cashout, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

pin, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've read in previous reviews about people finding this beer sour and I think what they were drinking isn't the real representation of this beer. I've been drinking it from the source for ten years and sour it is not.

A: Amber gold with frothy white head.

S: Tropical fruit initially but woody spice takes over. Has that classic English gingery prickliness.

T: Very dry and crisp. The bitterness is not too high but it's assertive enough. Has some mild tropical fruit working with the woody spiciness and the gingery prickliness – it's English alright. Malt base is unremarkable in the sense that the Challenger hops are the showcase. Lovely lingering woody bitter aftertaste with soft lemonade. Towards the dregs it gets earthier. All the right flavours hitting all the right places.

M: Lively but soft effervescence.

O: Emphatically absolutely no off flavours. This is the beer that got me onto real ale and I know it better than any other beer. Served on cask and bottled for supermarkets it can be two quite different drinks, but I like them both equally as much.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright hay with craggy off white froth with leaves intricate lace.
Marris Otter biscuit with a touch of butter, plus lemon curd, flowers and passion fruit.
Baguette dough and 11 kinds of lemony hops - curd, sorbet, rind - plus a touch of grapefruit and must.
Lemon creme biscuit finish and zesty linger.
Lt, smooth, perfect cling.

Note: labeled at 4.2%

Balanced like an acrobat. More a blonde than a bitter, but who's complaining? A complex, superior beer and another winner from Oakham.

StJamesGate, Aug 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

cfalovo97, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Ciocanelu, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Viceroy, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. ABV is stated as 4.2%. Picked up a while back - possibly from my local off-licence (I don't quite recall, and the offie has now closed). The story of Jeffery Hudson is an interesting one.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A pale golden hue with faint haze and generous fine carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thin surface layer. Aroma of light malt with subtle notes of citrus and bittering hops, as well as mild hints of yeast. A metallic twang lurks in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of faint citrus with a dry, lemony character, accompanied by subtle earthy yeast. A restrained but insistent bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and dry, with tingly carbonation. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic citrus and a hint of yeast.

Nice, though a bit more muted than Oakham's other offerings. The hop aroma doesn't completely steal the show. Well-balanced, dry and highly drinkable, I could easily sink a few of these on a warm day like today. Well worth trying if you see it.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

petluo, Jul 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

brutalist, Jul 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

MEP, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of thepeter
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-Golden frothy large bubbled head little lacing
s-grass, dry biscuit malt, not too much really but not bad as it is so clean smelling.
T - Very refreshing, well balanced, hay grass, light bitterness and slight malt backbone. dry finish
M -light bodied perfect Cask conditioned carbonation. Goes down REALLY easy
Overall a great example of the style although I did find it a bit dry. great on a nice day.

thepeter, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I am starting to review cask beers more often I'm finding I've already reviewed the bottled version on here, this is again the case.

This hand pulled pint was poured into a UK sleeve in a local pub that often has Oakham's ales on.

The beer was a pale gold, like almost all Oakham beers and like the bottle it had a slight haze in the body. The head being pure white with smallish bubbles. The head left a little lacing as I attacked the beer.

The smell was citrusy, obviously from the hops, in the taste more bittering hoppiness came through. The bodyfeel was lightish and yet it seemed to hold hidden fruits within it.

Never been a huge fan of this breweries beers, their yeast culture seems to dominate the flavours; without killing any other flavours admittedly, but always there somehow. My scores marry against my bottled review, very rare!

BlackHaddock, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Handpump halfpint at the White Horse.

A: Clear straw body under a 1/2" of fine, frothy white foam. Pretty good retention and plenty of lace. Attractive, if very very light-colored for the style.

S: Huh. It almost smells like a pilsner, with sharply herbal hops on top of dry, biscuity malt and accented by some chalky minerality. As it warms, some sweeter, fruitier notes show up with nice orange marmalade standing out. Interesting and enjoyable.

T: Surprisingly sweet, with caramel, toffee, and sweet orange leading the way to a cleanly bitter, herbal finish. Very clean aftertaste. Excellent.

M: Typical, perfectly soft cask carbonation filling out the light body. Very nice indeed.

O: The other Oakham beer's I'd had were terrific, so I was very excited to try this one. My initial reaction was one of confusion and potential disappointment, but by the time it warmed and I managed to peer into its flavorful depths, I was completely won over. Distinctive, delicious beer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of paxton1978
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is quite simply an awesome beer. Pale and golden with a bright white head which retained throughout drinking. Not a great deal of aroma, but the taste is sublime- slightly grapefruity and bursting with fresh hop flavour. Would love to try this on Cask.

paxton1978, Dec 29, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

RE-REVIEW at day 4 (final day!) of NERAX 2009.

just coming back to visit my first real cask ale. perhaps it's only fitting that it happens on the final day of NERAX, a whole year later.

no sediment here this time. totally clear. nice creamy, sudsy head, with splotches of lace here and there.

now that i know how cask ale "should" be, i need to raise the scores.

appearance 4.0 -> 4.5
taste 4.0 -> 4.5
feel 3.5 -> 4.0
drinkability 4.5 -> 5.0

one of the most pleasantly quaffable ales this year!

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ORIGINAL REVIEW 02-11-2008

had this on cask at deep ellum, in allston, ma a couple nights back. a few notes were taken. they mislabelled it as "john hudsen bitter"

pale golden straw color, some cask sediment, decent head. didn't leave any notes about lacing, but i think there was some.

nice faint malty aroma, some must and grassiness.

flavor was again a nice subdued maltiness with gentle balanced hops. very mild bitterness. hints of fruitiness upon warming.

slightly watery, carbonation is very subtle.

great points for drinkability, seems to fit the mold of a classic english session bitter perfectly.

tai4ji2x, May 05, 2009
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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.