Jeffrey Hudson Bitter | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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3.96/5
Very Good
59 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,165
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
59
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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 fitzy84
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special cask at Moan and Dove. Appearance was absolutely great and unique. It poured out as a very golden beverage, but it settled to a dark amber rather quickly. It had a good, medium head, as well, making this a solid looking drink. We then go to its aromas and they were very, very thin. Thin in a good way though, since the thinness of the aromas made the malt aromas very sharp. The taste had a bit of a flatness to it but those malts and hops allowed it to be a sour-sweet dynamic. Overall mouthfeel was watery, actually almost silky in texture. This made it really enjoyable to drink. It might have had "extremes" throughout its dimensions but this was a pretty nice drink to have.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best moderate ABV "session" beer I've ever tasted! Top rating at The Great British Beer Festival. Looks innocent enough - golden colour, moderate head. A "real" ale bitter with a complex aroma and flavour, still it's surprisingly light and refreshing. Aroma is citrus, pineapple, new-mown grass, flavour is hoppy but with sufficient malts to sustain it. This ale is proof that a beer needs not (necessarily) to be dark and strong in order to be very, very good!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask poured into a nonick pint glass. It pumps out a very light gold color with half a finger of head. There is lots of lace left behind with each drink. The smell consists of a pineapple and grassy aroma. The taste is full of grapefruit and other citrus fruits, then the hops hit ya. This is a very nice hoppy bitter. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, just a little light. At 3.8%, I could go on drinking this all night until the cask is empty.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Old Courthouse, Coleraine

Pours with a straw yellow body, slightly hazy. Thick tight white head with good retention, some snake like lacing up and down the glass

Smell, rich sticky malt. Some zesty citrus and a little bit of mustiness

Taste, crisp and biscuity malt. Some lemon zest along with tight, crisp hop bitterness. Solid crisp mouthfeeel

A very tasty english ale, so fresh and drinkable

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Photo of Spike
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Copper. Crystal clear. Fair number of streams of tiny bubbles. Shallow cap of white foam head. Looked very presentable. Colour is fabulous.

S: Prominent nose for a bitter. Soft citrus and distinct floral quality.

T: Fruity. Luscious. Exceedingly floral.

F: Refreshing. Smooth. Dry. Medium level of bitterness up-front with a malt finish. Light carbonation provides a lift.

O: Outstanding low ABV English bitter with a distinct floral, fruity character. Oakham Ales are heavily influenced by US craft beers and this is an excellent example of blending traditional with the new, using Challenger and Mount Hood hops.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Mark
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.Pale gold ale, decent whiteish head, thick lace. Fresh aroma of cirtus, long fruity hoppy finish with grapefruit notes. Some slightly soapy notes in the finish as well. The finish was long and very refreshing. oakham is for sure one of the better new independents in the U.K. Go cask!!!

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

tap at Wetherspoons Stanstead. Pale golden color, tiny head that goes away quickly, not too much on the nose: bit of citrus, great taste that makes it very drinkable: very citrusy with the right bitterness. not bad for a wetherspoons tap

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Photo of igl
4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've read in previous reviews about people finding this beer sour and I think what they were drinking isn't the real representation of this beer. I've been drinking it from the source for ten years and sour it is not.

A: Amber gold with frothy white head.

S: Tropical fruit initially but woody spice takes over. Has that classic English gingery prickliness.

T: Very dry and crisp. The bitterness is not too high but it's assertive enough. Has some mild tropical fruit working with the woody spiciness and the gingery prickliness – it's English alright. Malt base is unremarkable in the sense that the Challenger hops are the showcase. Lovely lingering woody bitter aftertaste with soft lemonade. Towards the dregs it gets earthier. All the right flavours hitting all the right places.

M: Lively but soft effervescence.

O: Emphatically absolutely no off flavours. This is the beer that got me onto real ale and I know it better than any other beer. Served on cask and bottled for supermarkets it can be two quite different drinks, but I like them both equally as much.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zerk
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy gold with a very thin head that left a nice lace down the glass. Aroma consists of biscuity malt and citrus. Flavor is mild and pleasant... a touch of toasted malt supported by modest citrus and herbal hops... finishing with some bitterness. Light bodied with almost no carbonation... had an almost velvet-like smoothness. This is one I could put back all night long.

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Photo of cichief
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drink this beer every chance I get. It was on cask at my local in Oundle, England, and journeyed to the Brewery Tap in Peterborough to get it as fresh as possible. This is the epitome of a session beer. Although only 3.8%, it was a fine beer, especially in warmer weather.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of goz
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NERAX 2003 : Cloudy golden pour, small white persistent head with decent lacing. Aroma is flowery hops, some sweet malts sneaking in, too. Flavor starts with a mild sweetness (it mentionend kiwi fruit in the NERAX guide, I think that nails it pretty well), ends with a medium grassy hop bitterness, and very dry. Easy drinking and very good.

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Photo of thepeter
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-Golden frothy large bubbled head little lacing
s-grass, dry biscuit malt, not too much really but not bad as it is so clean smelling.
T - Very refreshing, well balanced, hay grass, light bitterness and slight malt backbone. dry finish
M -light bodied perfect Cask conditioned carbonation. Goes down REALLY easy
Overall a great example of the style although I did find it a bit dry. great on a nice day.

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Photo of petluo
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

NERAX 04

Very pale yellow, low fluffy white head.

Incredibly smooth, almost airy, goes right down, almost without thought. I can't say I really taste much. I'm afraid many might this too inoffensive to bother with.

But I could drink this one all day.

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Photo of Viking
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, chalky gold, with a thick white head. Head retention leaves a little to be desired, but leaves plenty of lace clinging to the glass. Aroma is herbal (& a bit citrusy) hops, with a hint of caramel malt. Taste is crisp and clean, bitter, with a clean and slightly bitter finish. Caramel malt becomes more pronounced as the brew warms (though it doesn't have far to go to get to room temperature!). Very refreshing brew. This is the kind of ale I could drink all day in the middle of summer.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sampled at NERAX 04, this medium-bodied bitter was attractive but overly grassy and sour to be very drinkable. I did enjoy the subtle sweetness of the malt base, but the lemon, and grassy flavors were overpowering. I enjoy a well-hopped beer, but this wasn't my cup of tea. It was too acidic.

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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 59 ratings