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Bishop's Farewell - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

44 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
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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Photo of heygeebee
3.04/5  rDev -25.7%

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.

heygeebee, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

atrocity, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

pin, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Kirk, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

doktorhops, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

BlackHaddock, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

fionn13, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

gentlebubbles, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

CwrwAmByth, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Lazaro, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Jason, Apr 29, 2004
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Ciocanelu, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mtbdonn, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

parintele, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

magpieken, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

tzolandz, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Viceroy, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

TT--Cashout, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

rulisekmartin, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of danieelol
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

danieelol, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Sigmund
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

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!

Sigmund, Oct 13, 2011
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Bishop's Farewell from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.