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Joshua Jane - Ilkley Brewery Co.

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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.71
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Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ilkley Brewery Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wisrarebeer on 11-23-2013

Rich nut-brown Yorkshire ale. Everything that is great about traditional Yorkshire bitter, fused with Ilkley Brewery’s unique hop character. Winner of Two Gold Stars from the Guild of Fine Food & Drink in 2013. Named after Mary Jane’s suitor, ont’ Ilkla Moor baht’at… Available in bottle and cask all year round.
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by wisrarebeer:
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4.53/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bitter from cask at the Craven Arms' beer festival in Appletreewick, North Yorkshire.

It is named after Mary Jane's suitor, ont' Iklka Moor bar t'at

Light brown in color, malty with spicy hops from Amarillo and Columbus, it definitely was a hoppier English bitter, very drinkable

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. The label describes it as a nut-brown Yorkshire bitter hopped with Galena, Amarillo and Columbus.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep coppery-brown hue with medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of grainy malt with hints of caramel, nuttiness, fruity ale yeast, floral hops, grass/hay, earthiness and husks. Not particularly hoppy.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grain, caramel, nuttiness, subtle biscuits, floral hops, grass/hay, ale yeast, earthiness and stewed hops. A twinge of caramel sweetness in the background but otherwise well attenuated. A spiky, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body for the strength. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter hops, husks/cardboard and a hint of caramel.

O: A decent ale with a satisfying bitterness. Looks good, though the aroma is somewhat subdued and uninspiring. The flavour is a shade better, with a blend of caramel malt and bittering hops duking it out. Pleasant body. Goes down OK; for me personally I just find it vaguely unsatisfying. Perhaps it's my dislike of brown ales - I prefer Ilkley's other offerings. Don't let that put you off; worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
2.87/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had previously been really impressed with the one & only beer I'd had from Ilkley Brewing, so had been looking forward to this bottle. It pours a decent looking brown ale with a brown head. It tastes of caramel but after that it was down hill.. the bitterness was far to strong for me. A mixture of US & New Zealand hops according to the bottle label. I just know that it was a hard 500ml to get through.

Photo of mdagnew
3.69/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a nice deep coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to very thin layer... little or no lacing...

Aroma - Light toffee malts, fruity (oranges, raisins, grapefruits), nutty sweetness, grassy, spicy hops, biscuity / bready notes...

Taste – Juicy fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruits), light toffee malts, some honey sweetness, nutty... everything mabe just lacking a little depth...

Feel - Pretty smooth. Light bodied. Very drinkable - would make a good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good bitter... Definitely worth a try...

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4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of MikeKSmith
3.27/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of interzen
3.84/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Looks like a good, old traditional English bitter - deep, coppery brown with a big, off-white head. The head settles down after a couple of minutes, leaving behind a modest amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Best described as 'subdued' - you really need to get your nose into this to pick anything up. When you do, there's plenty of nutty, roasted malts, hints of caramel and a certain amount of fruit and yeast. Not much in the way of hop character, but otherwise plenty going on.

Taste: Rather like the smell but a bit more up-front - plenty of malt and caramel characters up front, not to mention some floral and herbal hoppiness followed by an astringent, earthy tidal wave of bitterness.

Feel: Not at all bad for a 'low' ABV beer - decent body and carbonation and a nice, astringent bitterness in the finish. Quite a good transition from sweet/malty to bitter, although some might find the astringence a bit offputting.

Overall: Yep, this has all the characteristics of a 'traditional' Yorkshire bitter - low ABV, good body and a nice, astringent aftertaste although at times it feels like the malts and hops are battling it out for dominance. Eminently sessionable at 3.7%, too. Worth a try for the brown ale fans.

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4.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of tom10101
3/5  rDev n/a

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Joshua Jane from Ilkley Brewery Co.
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