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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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BA SCORE
89
very good

46 Ratings
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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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Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Old Courthouse, Coleraine

Pours with a straw yellow body, slightly hazy. Thick tight white head with good retention, some snake like lacing up and down the glass

Smell, rich sticky malt. Some zesty citrus and a little bit of mustiness

Taste, crisp and biscuity malt. Some lemon zest along with tight, crisp hop bitterness. Solid crisp mouthfeeel

A very tasty english ale, so fresh and drinkable

cypressbob, Oct 05, 2007
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh floral aroma. Light bodied, fruity (tropical, pinapple), with a nice solid citrussy hops character, light to medium bitterness, refreshing. Had this on cask at The White Horse in Parsons Green aswell. Again they could have served it a bit warmer, but this was still quite tasty, nice bitterness.

rastaman, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev 0%

Ciocanelu, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Map Room.

Arrives in an imperial pint, pale yellow in color, with a frothy cap of foam. Head stays for the duration, which doesn't seem an easy task for a cask ale.

Nice aroma of light hop and citrus.

Tangy citrus with mildly bitter hops. Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation. Slightly lemony. Low abv makes this a fine session candidate. Simple, light, and easy drinking.

emerge077, May 16, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special cask at Moan and Dove. Appearance was absolutely great and unique. It poured out as a very golden beverage, but it settled to a dark amber rather quickly. It had a good, medium head, as well, making this a solid looking drink. We then go to its aromas and they were very, very thin. Thin in a good way though, since the thinness of the aromas made the malt aromas very sharp. The taste had a bit of a flatness to it but those malts and hops allowed it to be a sour-sweet dynamic. Overall mouthfeel was watery, actually almost silky in texture. This made it really enjoyable to drink. It might have had "extremes" throughout its dimensions but this was a pretty nice drink to have.

fitzy84, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask from a busted firkin @ Birreria Paradiso. 8oz "sample".

Supposedly the bartender was able to save some in a pitcher from a firkin that broke. Free beer for anyone at the bar. Slightly warmer than cask ale usually is.

Cloudy golden amber hue with bits of sediment floating in the beer. A very thin head, due to the low carbonation and lack of any agitation of going through a beer engine or gravity pump. Very light biscuity malt aroma with a little bit of an earthy yeast aroma. The flavor was somewhat citrusy, reminding me of orange peel. The malts added a little bit of bitterness.

I hope to try this one sometime from a non-busted firkin. Certainly an interesting beer, and definitely sessionable.

BeerSox, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of goz
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NERAX 2003 : Cloudy golden pour, small white persistent head with decent lacing. Aroma is flowery hops, some sweet malts sneaking in, too. Flavor starts with a mild sweetness (it mentionend kiwi fruit in the NERAX guide, I think that nails it pretty well), ends with a medium grassy hop bitterness, and very dry. Easy drinking and very good.

goz, May 06, 2003
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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
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4/5  rDev 0%

parintele, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

vinicole, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -25%

pin, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of gentlebubbles
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

NERAX 04

Very pale yellow, low fluffy white head.

Incredibly smooth, almost airy, goes right down, almost without thought. I can't say I really taste much. I'm afraid many might this too inoffensive to bother with.

But I could drink this one all day.

gentlebubbles, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Mark
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.Pale gold ale, decent whiteish head, thick lace. Fresh aroma of cirtus, long fruity hoppy finish with grapefruit notes. Some slightly soapy notes in the finish as well. The finish was long and very refreshing. oakham is for sure one of the better new independents in the U.K. Go cask!!!

Mark, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of Sigmund
4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best moderate ABV "session" beer I've ever tasted! Top rating at The Great British Beer Festival. Looks innocent enough - golden colour, moderate head. A "real" ale bitter with a complex aroma and flavour, still it's surprisingly light and refreshing. Aroma is citrus, pineapple, new-mown grass, flavour is hoppy but with sufficient malts to sustain it. This ale is proof that a beer needs not (necessarily) to be dark and strong in order to be very, very good!

Sigmund, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of mdagnew
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at the Belfast Beer Festival on 25th Nov 2005.

Poured a light golden colour... White head started quite foamy but disappeared to a very thin layer...

Aroma - Slight sweetness, grassy (some hay), earthy hints, hints of pineapple/ maybe grapefruit as swell ?, slight maltiness, some floral notes....

Taste – Citrusy (lemon), nice hopiness, slight malt hints, woody notes...

Feel - Very light bodied with little carbonation...

Overall - An ok bitter, worth a try but there are better examples out there...

mdagnew, Nov 28, 2005
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3/5  rDev -25%

cfalovo97, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Seumas
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apart from the pale yellow, lager colour, this is quite the impressive beer, as one might expect of a former Champion Beer of Britain.

The aroma and flavour are of huge citrus from the Cascade hops used in the brew. This was the first British ale to use them this heavily, but it seems that half the brewers in England have now come out with their lager-malt/Cascade bitter. A couple of them even do a better job - Mighty Oak's Maldon Gold has an edge on JHB and Hopdaemon's Incubus is worth the trip to Canterbury in and of itself.

Now, if the Brits would discover Centennial or Chinook, or even give a better chance to their own Challenger hops.

Seumas, Sep 12, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

MEP, Jun 26, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drink this beer every chance I get. It was on cask at my local in Oundle, England, and journeyed to the Brewery Tap in Peterborough to get it as fresh as possible. This is the epitome of a session beer. Although only 3.8%, it was a fine beer, especially in warmer weather.

cichief, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of gbarron
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a cask at RFD Washington.

A - light, light golden, almost a light honey color. Perfectly clear with some large, air-filled bubbles from the sparkler. Little or no head otherwise and no lacing.

S - light malt aroma, toasting bread, caramel. Little or no hop aroma. Slight wet grain smell.

T - very, very tangy and even slightly sour. Well balanced but light flavor both from hops and malt. Main flavors are tart, tangy, sour malt with slight earthiness from English noble (Fuggle? EKG?) hops. Pronounced sourness and significant notes of citrus. Very, very fruity and tangy yeast.

M - thin and light. Carbonation is low with a tangy finish. Very smooth and light. Why isn't every beer served on cask?

D - see taste notes. I'm not sure how healthy this beer was, so I don't want to discount it too much. Despite the unusual flavors, I still found the beer enjoyable as I do just about anything on cask.

gbarron, Jul 24, 2006
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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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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
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4/5  rDev 0%

mizx, May 31, 2014
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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.