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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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BA SCORE
88
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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Photo of Sigmund
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
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!

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of paxton1978
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of Mark
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
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!!!

Photo of Intz51
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of cichief
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask poured into a nonick pint glass. It pumps out a very light gold color with half a finger of head. There is lots of lace left behind with each drink. The smell consists of a pineapple and grassy aroma. The taste is full of grapefruit and other citrus fruits, then the hops hit ya. This is a very nice hoppy bitter. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, just a little light. At 3.8%, I could go on drinking this all night until the cask is empty.

Photo of zerk
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy gold with a very thin head that left a nice lace down the glass. Aroma consists of biscuity malt and citrus. Flavor is mild and pleasant... a touch of toasted malt supported by modest citrus and herbal hops... finishing with some bitterness. Light bodied with almost no carbonation... had an almost velvet-like smoothness. This is one I could put back all night long.

Photo of pacond
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask

Nice English bitter served in an imperial pint glass. Looks faded yellow and a littlle colder than expected temperature and very nice looking head.

Hoppy and refreshing at the same time. For a session beer it is real smooth and biting at the same time. Carbonation is low but definitely in front of the palate. Really hits the spot.

I am a sucker for cask conditioned bitters, so this is a real treat. I will be getting more of these while I can!

Photo of Bassman59
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of thepeter
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Luton Real Ale Festival.

This mild bitter poured a clear, yellow color with thin white foam. The smell was a beautiful, fruity, spicy, and malty aroma with a hint of bread and hops and a touch of grain husks. A surprisingly strong aroma. The taste was hoppy (fruity and piney) with some nicely balanced malt and a bit of biscuit. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and low carbonation. There was a light, hoppy aftertaste. A very good mild bitter, but a bit thin.

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisited this beer at my local Wetherspoon's in East End London recently. It seems every real ale drinker at the pub held a pint of it at the time of my visit, surely it proves very popular in the summer!

A: it pours a very pale-yellowish hue, almost like some light cider or pale lager, coming with an incredibly tight but quite thin white beerhead, leaving extremely dense lacing as well. Looking great for a cask ale, or, even like a decent Pilsner w/o the fizz.
S: note of freshly-squeezed, sweetened lemon-juice approaches first, followed by a touch of white grape-fruit zesty scent. No trace of salty note this time, while some wild, leafy aroma of hops sustains at the back.
T&M: refreshingly light bitterness of grape-fruit peel and nectarine-like juicy flavour present on the palate. The finish has long-lasting hoppy bitterness prevailing at the back of my throat; the aftertaste is simple but extremely nice and balanced, with dryish and rounded mouthfeel at the same time due to the residual sweetness given by the malts.
D: at just 3.8%abv, this light, hoppy, "Golden Ale" has all the flavour one might expect of a much richer brew. That's why it's so thirst-quenching yet hightly enjoyable on its own.

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of goz
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of gentlebubbles
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Seumas
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
88 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.