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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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3/5  rDev -25%

pin, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

cfalovo97, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sampled at NERAX 04, this medium-bodied bitter was attractive but overly grassy and sour to be very drinkable. I did enjoy the subtle sweetness of the malt base, but the lemon, and grassy flavors were overpowering. I enjoy a well-hopped beer, but this wasn't my cup of tea. It was too acidic.

AllThingsNinja, May 02, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

petluo, Jul 19, 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 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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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 BeerResearcher
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

NERAX 2004
It pours a pale straw gold color with a larger than normal (for a cask) white head.
It has a grassy hay-like aroma, and flavor to match.
A dry malty flavor emerges, as does a solid oaky taste.
A tea-like flavor is tinged with a hint of peppery spice and just a whisper of apple peel.
It finishes dry and clean.

BeerResearcher, May 05, 2004
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
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

MEP, Jun 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

TT--Cashout, Nov 27, 2013
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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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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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3.9/5  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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3.95/5  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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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, chalky gold, with a thick white head. Head retention leaves a little to be desired, but leaves plenty of lace clinging to the glass. Aroma is herbal (& a bit citrusy) hops, with a hint of caramel malt. Taste is crisp and clean, bitter, with a clean and slightly bitter finish. Caramel malt becomes more pronounced as the brew warms (though it doesn't have far to go to get to room temperature!). Very refreshing brew. This is the kind of ale I could drink all day in the middle of summer.

Viking, Jul 01, 2002
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4/5  rDev 0%

Ciocanelu, Feb 11, 2013
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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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4/5  rDev 0%

parintele, Aug 06, 2014
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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
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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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4/5  rDev 0%

mizx, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Hanglow, Aug 09, 2014
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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.