Jeffrey Hudson Bitter | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
England, United Kingdom
oakhamales.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
35
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, one finger frothy head. Bubbles aplenty, but settles down soon enough. 4.2% bottled version.
Citrus smell, with lots of lemon and lime, with peel and zest. Almost smells like a radler, if not for some biscuity malts and green hops.
Great crisp taste, with lots of citrus and limes. Grainy and slightly toasted biscuity malts, but still pale. A low orange - floral sweetness, almost tropical, just enough to compensate the sour lemons. Green notes towards the finish, a bit of tobacco hops too, some woodiness, slight hint of metal, bitter.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel, with a slight buttery feel to it. Crisp dry finish, but extremely refreshing.
A nice summer bitter, thirst-quenching and packed with (not very complex, yes) hops. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I am starting to review cask beers more often I'm finding I've already reviewed the bottled version on here, this is again the case.

This hand pulled pint was poured into a UK sleeve in a local pub that often has Oakham's ales on.

The beer was a pale gold, like almost all Oakham beers and like the bottle it had a slight haze in the body. The head being pure white with smallish bubbles. The head left a little lacing as I attacked the beer.

The smell was citrusy, obviously from the hops, in the taste more bittering hoppiness came through. The bodyfeel was lightish and yet it seemed to hold hidden fruits within it.

Never been a huge fan of this breweries beers, their yeast culture seems to dominate the flavours; without killing any other flavours admittedly, but always there somehow. My scores marry against my bottled review, very rare!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On cask pull at the White Horse in Parson's Green London.

Pours a very clear light golden colour, light in the body, but with a full, fine and solid head of white that sits like a nitro tap. Lacing is excellent. Carbonation is fine when tilted, otherwise still. Looks very noble in the glass.

Nose is crisp and bright, and certainly hoppier than I expected. Slight zesty lemon characters, green herbal notes and quite earthy. Some bready grain comes through as well. Overall, it's fairly decent.

Taste is also good. Clean crisp and bright bitterness gives it a solidity and an earthy underpinning. Slight floury grain comes through, but mostly things are nicely in balance. Feel is actually pretty light. I expected a bit more on the body, but you can't have everything.

Very drinkable overall, and very pleasantly sessionable. At only-just-3%-ish, it's a beer you could sit on for a long while. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of wl0307
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright hay with craggy off white froth with leaves intricate lace.
Marris Otter biscuit with a touch of butter, plus lemon curd, flowers and passion fruit.
Baguette dough and 11 kinds of lemony hops - curd, sorbet, rind - plus a touch of grapefruit and must.
Lemon creme biscuit finish and zesty linger.
Lt, smooth, perfect cling.

Note: labeled at 4.2%

Balanced like an acrobat. More a blonde than a bitter, but who's complaining? A complex, superior beer and another winner from Oakham.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Handpump halfpint at the White Horse.

A: Clear straw body under a 1/2" of fine, frothy white foam. Pretty good retention and plenty of lace. Attractive, if very very light-colored for the style.

S: Huh. It almost smells like a pilsner, with sharply herbal hops on top of dry, biscuity malt and accented by some chalky minerality. As it warms, some sweeter, fruitier notes show up with nice orange marmalade standing out. Interesting and enjoyable.

T: Surprisingly sweet, with caramel, toffee, and sweet orange leading the way to a cleanly bitter, herbal finish. Very clean aftertaste. Excellent.

M: Typical, perfectly soft cask carbonation filling out the light body. Very nice indeed.

O: The other Oakham beer's I'd had were terrific, so I was very excited to try this one. My initial reaction was one of confusion and potential disappointment, but by the time it warmed and I managed to peer into its flavorful depths, I was completely won over. Distinctive, delicious beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of mdagnew
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice bitter that I looked for in England in 2014 only because this ale is listed and reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Also reviewed in the "1001."

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. ABV is stated as 4.2%. Picked up a while back - possibly from my local off-licence (I don't quite recall, and the offie has now closed). The story of Jeffery Hudson is an interesting one.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A pale golden hue with faint haze and generous fine carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thin surface layer. Aroma of light malt with subtle notes of citrus and bittering hops, as well as mild hints of yeast. A metallic twang lurks in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of faint citrus with a dry, lemony character, accompanied by subtle earthy yeast. A restrained but insistent bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and dry, with tingly carbonation. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic citrus and a hint of yeast.

Nice, though a bit more muted than Oakham's other offerings. The hop aroma doesn't completely steal the show. Well-balanced, dry and highly drinkable, I could easily sink a few of these on a warm day like today. Well worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle from Drygate bottle shop, Glasgow (£3.60):
Nice stuff from Oakham Ales here, this one was well-balanced & fresh with some good floral flavours & was exactly what you'd expect from a good golden ale. The beer was an easy one to drink with some good pale malts & bread to kick things off alongside a pleasant citrus zest & nice bitterness; it's definitely one of the better beers of the style that I've tried of late & one that I wouldn't object to having again at some point either; although it's probably not quite as good as the breweries Citra pale ale offering but it's not too far off it either.

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Photo of rastaman
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

RE-REVIEW at day 4 (final day!) of NERAX 2009.

just coming back to visit my first real cask ale. perhaps it's only fitting that it happens on the final day of NERAX, a whole year later.

no sediment here this time. totally clear. nice creamy, sudsy head, with splotches of lace here and there.

now that i know how cask ale "should" be, i need to raise the scores.

appearance 4.0 -> 4.5
taste 4.0 -> 4.5
feel 3.5 -> 4.0
drinkability 4.5 -> 5.0

one of the most pleasantly quaffable ales this year!

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ORIGINAL REVIEW 02-11-2008

had this on cask at deep ellum, in allston, ma a couple nights back. a few notes were taken. they mislabelled it as "john hudsen bitter"

pale golden straw color, some cask sediment, decent head. didn't leave any notes about lacing, but i think there was some.

nice faint malty aroma, some must and grassiness.

flavor was again a nice subdued maltiness with gentle balanced hops. very mild bitterness. hints of fruitiness upon warming.

slightly watery, carbonation is very subtle.

great points for drinkability, seems to fit the mold of a classic english session bitter perfectly.

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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
4.01 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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