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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 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
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500ml bottle, just out of date when opened on 26 July 2012.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 wl0307
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

Filtered, 500ml brown bottle packaging; BB 10/07/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a clear, bright golden hue, with sporadic fizziness and a thick, white pillowy head.
S: an intense middle of nectar-ish sweetness pierces through the flowery and grapefruity bouquet, showing Goldings and American hop fragrance by 50-50. A swirl gives rise to a unique aroma almost like elderflower essence plus lychee liquor, plus pale malt's slightly stinky-sweet note. Overall, predominantly hoppy and rightfully pleasant!
T: marvellously hoppy, complex, delicious, and bitter right from the start(!) - showing elder-flower cordial, honey-water, grapefruit-zests and lychee shells, tangerine fruits, green melons, hays, with a rather mild presence of gristy pale malts~~ as the juicy taste settles down, it's replaced by an utterly dry palate with a lingering aroma of grapefruit-peels, straws, and some unidentifiable elements. Utterly bitter, tangy and dry in the finish, reminding me of a light-coloured IPA! Besides, the sour part of citrus fruits and nectar is constantly on the side of the bitter edge, rendering a sort of balance overall.
M&D: can't have enough of this ale, at this strength one can very easily stay on it for the whole night throughout several sessions! It's very much close to the cask-version that I've tried many times, and the carbonation level is tuned to a moderate level to reflect the real nectar's true quality and fine taste, while remaining refreshing throughout the drink. All in all, this light-coloured IPA is a true winner for its complex aroma, a good depth of bitterness, well-structured flavour profile, and thirst-quenching quality. Highly recommended!

wl0307, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

atrocity, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of woosterbill
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%

500ml bottle, best by June 2012(!?), into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Shared at a tasting. Big thanks for this one go out to my friends who delivered this to me from merry old England.

A: Crystal clear, luminous gold body - looks like watered-down apple juice - with a thin, coarse head; decent retention and lacing. Mediocre.

S: Whoa, that's intense. Super floral, fruity, bitter, hoppy, and fresh. It's like a handful of hops shoved up my nostrils. The hops completely dominate, and that's more than all right by me.

T: Earthy + floral hops up front, followed by some smooth biscuity malt in the background, and finished with super-clean bitterness. Bold, balanced, and complex. Terrific.

M: Smooth light body, understated but silky carbonation. Works great with the lively flavors.

O: I was really excited to try this beer based on its ratings, but since I'm usually left fairly cold by English styles my hopes weren't all that high. One sniff put all my fears to rest, as this is indisputably a fantastic beer, transcending style to deliver a beautifully flavorful bitterness. I'd take this over any number of American Pale Ales, and even IPAs. If I ever find this on cask near the source, I'll be a very happy (and very drunk) man. Oh, and this one paired gloriously with the the incomparable Jasper Hill Winnimere cheese; pretty much every beer does, of course, but this one was an especially harmonious partner.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of dcmchew
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

dcmchew, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Ciocanelu, Feb 18, 2013
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
Photo of mdagnew
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a nice pale golden yellow colour. Slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping. Sparse carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy and slightly tropical fruits (grapefruits, ripe mangoes, kiwi fruit, pear), quite rubbery, some vegetal traces, pine, sea salt, some soapiness, grassy hops, light herbal notes, white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, citrus and grassy hop bitterness, light biscuit malts, light floral notes, good fruitiness (gooseberries, grapefruit, light pineapple,), light honey sweetness, herbal notes, quite perfumed, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - An excellent and very sessionable brew... definitely recommended..

mdagnew, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

Thanks to Ruds for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, best before 11/01/13. ABV listed on bottle is 5%.

Appearance: A pale golden body with a thick 2 finger head that disappears a little to fast. A smattering of lacing.

Smell: Heaven in a glass! Ripe fruit, clementines, good does of hops with some sweet fruit. Constant and never lets up ob the fresh fruit.

Taste: A mesh of fruity hops with a good earthy base and the malt that restrains from being excessive. Fleshy grapefruit as well as the peel. Packed with flavor and so good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, bitter but balanced and dry. Very robust for its 5%.

Overall: Excellent bitter and one of the best i've had the pleasure of trying. Get this if you can.

papat444, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Kirk, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

pin, Sep 12, 2013
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 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 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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mtbdonn, Sep 26, 2013
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 fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

fionn13, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of scottum
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%

On cask at NERAX

This was the best beer on night one at NERAX '03 in Boston. Perfect mouthfeel and drinkability. Hoppy for an English brew. The taste was beautiful. Very well balanced. A bit fruity. The finish makes you want more and more. Sadly, this was also the first brew to depart NERAX.

scottum, May 02, 2003
Photo of Mark
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

Golden colored ale,had a nice long lasting white head that left great rings of lace. Soft malty aroma did in no way reveal what was to follow. A blast of citrusy, grapefruity, hops assaulted me. is this an English ale? Almost U.S. IPA like, but smooth and cask to boot. A total winner, enjoyed with dinner at the tremendous Lord Moon Of The Mall pub in London. One of the better one's sampled on his awesome vacation.

Mark, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of Dave1999
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Dave1999, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

magpieken, Feb 17, 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
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Bishop's Farewell from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.