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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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Photo of BeerSox
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

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 fitzy84
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

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 cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

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
Photo of pacond
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

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!

pacond, May 18, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

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 cichief
4.4/5  rDev +10%

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%

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
Photo of mdagnew
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

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
Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

wl0307, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.6/5  rDev -10%

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 AllThingsNinja
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%

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
Photo of gentlebubbles
4/5  rDev 0%

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 UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

UncleJimbo, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of Mark
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

.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%

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 Seumas
4/5  rDev 0%

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
Photo of rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%

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 SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

SheepNutz, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of goz
4/5  rDev 0%

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
Photo of zerk
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

zerk, Dec 16, 2002
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

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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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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