Bishop's Farewell | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

BA SCORE
88
very good
56 Ratings
Bishop's FarewellBishop's Farewell
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottum on 05-02-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of heygeebee
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of hdtrice
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, poured a golden yellow with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Aroma had a light sweet earthy malt with some nice citrus notes. The taste was mildly sweet through a combination of the earthy maltiness and Floral notes. Buttery.

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of toscanoigor
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mousel
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Euroglot
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Orangey with a small head.
S: Blossomy hops and woodiness. Lemonade.
T: Repeats the nose. Quite lemonadey. Fairly bitter. Boring mouthfeel.
O: I'd like a bit more whack for five percent although this is MUCH better on cask.

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Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Bishop's Farewell from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
4.11 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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