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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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 FCox143
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Spike
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clear, pale gold. Handful of escaping bubbles. One finger white head reduces to a thick cap with decent lacing. Looks like a golden ale.

S: Heather honey. Sweet meadow grass. Floral. Malt is far in the background for an English bitter.

T: Heaps of citrus, honey and grass. Lots of bitterness. Must be a combination of New World and English hops (google alert: looked it up, sure enough...challenger & cascade). Balance is exceptional.

F: Medium body. Rich, smooth, bitter. A little tang in the finish. Amazing drinkability.

O: Outstanding. I could drink this over and over again. Another reason for summer to arrive. This will be spectacular, drunk cold, outdoors, on a summer afternoon.

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

Photo of tux_alin
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of mizx
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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 magpieken
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of danieelol
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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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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