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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 50
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 10
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 50
Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of gbarron
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev -5%
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!

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Photo of mdagnew
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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...

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Viking
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of goz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Seumas
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of thepeter
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.


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Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of pacond
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of zerk
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of cichief
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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