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Bishop's Farewell - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

42 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 22
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottum on 05-02-2003)
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heygeebee

Australia

3.04/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From Jim's. BB Nov 13.

A - pale straw. Over large bubbles in head look like soap.

S - Citrus hops, lemons.

T - more hope and lemons/citrus/grapefruit. More of a slightly earthy APA than an ESB. Moderate malts at best.

M - lightly carbonated.

O - not what I expected from the bottle, as seriously not to style. Undecided, and I would have served cooler had I known style before opening bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 09:25:42 | More by heygeebee
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

07-21-2014 17:29:07 | More by atrocity
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pin

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

09-12-2013 02:39:35 | More by pin
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Mr_Pink_152

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-04-2014 20:21:25 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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doktorhops

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the fantastic citrus flavours of Citra I'm expecting a decent Bishop's Farewell from this Bishop's Farewell, whatever that entails. I also imagine this beer was brewed with Bishop-like ingredients such as holy water (of course), those white cracker things that are the body of Christ and felt from the Pope's fancy hat, mmmm fancy hat felt.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: These Oakham brewers really seem to like their brews yellow, looks like a yellow Berocca in a glass of water. There is a touch of haze but overall it's clearer than the Citra, with some white lacing for a head.

S: English ale fruity hops, no doubt Fuggles, marries a toasted malt base with fresh bread yeast notes. Whereas the Citra was more upfront with the hops and innovative with its aroma Bishop's Farewell is classic English bitter, no surprises then.

T: Flavour matches the above; fruity hops, toasted malt base, and fresh bread yeast notes. This also adds a bold bitter grapefruit citrus middle and there's a faint raisin sweetness floating around as well. It's a bit more interesting than the aroma would suggest... which is of course a good thing.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

D: The grapefruit bitter start/middle/finish detracts a bit as the glass empties. I like grapefruit, but like all GRAPE things [that's my pun for the evening] it should be taken in moderation, like my puns - an occasional one is funny but too many and people start getting annoyed by them (weirdly enough). Still a good session pint, though Citra is better... much better.

Food match: A full English breakfast: bacon, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, toast with butter, sausages and baked beans.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 14:08:15 | More by doktorhops
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, just out of date when opened on 26 July 2012.

This is very, very simular to the cask version (which is always a good thing).

Pours a pale yellow with next to no white head.

The smell is all citrusy hops with grapefruit coming through, no malt hints at all.

The taste is a crisp grapefruit induced hoppy flavour, again with very little maltiness to be found, some yeasty hints around in the aftertaste.

I’m a malt man, but this has class and deserves the high scores I’ve given it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 21:22:49 | More by BlackHaddock
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fionn13

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

02-04-2014 23:42:16 | More by fionn13
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

06-01-2013 17:38:47 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NERAX 04

Very clear, very pale yellow, like sunlight in the glass. Nice fluffy white head. Enticing floral fragrance.

Classic, crisp bitter, but I taste a bit of bready yeast, a bit of medicinal taste. It's easy to put away, but I'm not completely sure I like it.

Serving type: cask

04-29-2004 18:44:00 | More by gentlebubbles
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #8 of the Sainsbury's Beer Hunt. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Pours a light golden colour with a decent head and excellent lacing.

Smells fresh and grassy, very strong hops.

Tastes refreshing and strongly hoppy despite being quite well balanced.

Overall a nice refreshing drink, a bit like Thornbridge Kipling.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:04:28 | More by CwrwAmByth
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012. ABV stated as 5%. Label mentions that it contains barley and wheat.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy pale straw hue with very low carbonation and exceptionally fine sediment. Yields a minute head of frothy white foam that disappears within seconds. Aroma of light malt with plenty of fruity grapefruit and citrus notes, underpinned by subtle hints of yeast.

Tastes of pale malt with tons of hop aroma and a mild bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruits, along with a whiff of pine. Dry, earthy yeast in the background and a crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, but a little flat. Quite astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of aromatic hops - delicious!

An excellent ale - packed with aromatic hop goodness. Are all Oakham's beers this good? Fantastic flavour; this would become a favourite if it were regularly available. Love those citrus notes. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:59:51 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Lazaro

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-30-2013 04:15:55 | More by Lazaro
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served @ NERAX 2004 in a pint a glass.

Shimmering pale golden hue, decent froth off of the engine. Good hop flavor and aroma ... floral with mild fruity note of pear and apple skin. Slight salty mineral flavor complements the nutty malt and yeast mix. Very bold and packed with a complex living ale character.

Serving type: cask

04-29-2004 13:32:29 | More by Jason
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-18-2013 20:19:25 | More by Ciocanelu
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-26-2013 18:10:54 | More by mtbdonn
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-01-2013 14:33:04 | More by EmperorBevis
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magpieken

Australia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-17-2014 16:36:31 | More by magpieken
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tzolandz

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-20-2013 18:58:45 | More by tzolandz
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Viceroy

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-14-2012 12:18:44 | More by Viceroy
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TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-27-2013 03:22:07 | More by TT--Cashout
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rulisekmartin

Czech Republic

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-12-2014 03:48:59 | More by rulisekmartin
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danieelol

Australia

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Dan Murphy's. Best before 13/06/14.

Pours a clear, filtered golden. Nice white head, good lacing. Excellent all round.

Nose is English (smelling) hops, Honeysuckle, some cereal. Strong grain smell with some honeycomb. Apricot, some sulfur. Nice.

Taste is creamy honeysuckle, lots more grain, bit of banana.

Mouthfeel is an interesting combination of immediately noticeable sweetness and then a very potent and drying bitterness I associate with English bittering hops. Interesting stuff.

Very nice English-style beer, I really enjoyed it and would buy again. Quite distinctive and unique flavours in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 06:08:57 | More by danieelol
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Sigmund

Norway

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned at the Smithfield pub, Derby. Golden colour, low white head. Lovely citrussy aroma, in the characteristic Oakham style. Hints of tropical fruits. Complex hoppy, herbal and citrussy flavour throughout. A very good and enjoyable ale, like so many others from Oakham!

Serving type: cask

10-13-2011 00:25:02 | More by Sigmund
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a cask with beer engine at Deep Ellum in a pint glass. Poured a straw yellow with a big bubbly foamy head.

S- Nice citrusy with malt notes.

T- Really nice bitter. Fairly strong hop profile for a ordinary bitter. Definite citrusy hops like cascade. I imagine they are UK hops though.

M- Nice mouthfeel. Off the cask so it isn't very carbonated.

D- Absolutely! Like any good bitter this is very drinkable. I could have a few glasses without any problem.

Serving type: cask

03-08-2008 22:42:27 | More by Mudpuppet
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dcmchew

Romania

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden, one finger foamy head.
Very nice smell, with citrus and sweet tropical fruit, bit of pine, flowers and dry English hops, nice diversity and balance. A small sniff of toasted grains and biscuits too.
Bitter from start to finish, but with lots of other stuff popping around. Starts with some sweet tangerine, mango, faint lychee, apricot and pear. Mix of green and dried grass follows, dry petals (elderflowers?), grains, faint biscuity malts (cracker-like), with a flavor-enhancing saltiness. Finish and aftertaste have grapefruit, salted grains (what is up with that?! really like it), faint flowery perfume, dry tobacco-like hops, no sweet fruitiness lingers.
Medium body and carbonation, a buttery feel to it, smooth.
Great beer, really set apart from others. I'll be looking out for more Oakham, most of their beers surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 22:38:42 | More by dcmchew
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Bishop's Farewell from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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