Oracle | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The intention of the hop character is to be pronounced but not all encompassing, dry but not overtly bitter and a tiny hint of sweetness to add body. Its one of the most expensive of the Salopian beers to brew as it relies heavily on expensive hops from the US.

Added by seanyfo on 10-05-2008

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 6
Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On gravity at Belfast Beer Festival ‘15.
Pale sunshine with white film. 4
Big flowers and lemons - American! 4.25
Lorna Doones, golden syrup, lemon hard candy, nectar, tangerine rind, and resin. 4.25
Pineapple - both sweet + acid - finish and dry linger.
Crisp, some oil. light-medium. 4

Real depth to the malts - sweetness and body. And then booming American hops. The balance a bitter should have, even if it’s really a golden ale. Salopian continue to impress. 4.25

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a friend who visited Shropshire. Pours a straw colour with a small white head. Aroma has light floral hops, grass & citrus fruits. Taste is also quite light, but really crisp, with citrus, peach, pine, grass, some biscuit & some honey. Finish is lingering bitter, grassy and crisp.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had this in the summer of 2010, with friends on the banks of the river Severn about two miles from the brewery: this review however is from another cask ale outlet, my local Wetherspoons in Jan 2012, two pints hand pulled.

This is a good looking beer, golden/light amber body with a full white crown which stays as well as leaving lacing on the glass.

They use US hops in the brew to give it a hoppy aroma and taste, but don’t over do it: I guess Cascade (mostly) being the ones giving the hop feel. The smell is therefore hoppy, piney and semi-citrusy.

The taste is predominately hoppy with the malt content preventing a complete take over, good combination of flavours, some grapefruit dryness and bitterness combated by the milder malts.

A very good session bitter and the Salopian beer I now look for when out with friends.

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Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light amber, nearly brass, colored beer. A white head leaving good lacing.

The smell is citric, grape-fruit, and floral, pine and fresh grass.

Tasting initially sweet of caramel and toffee, then grape-fruit and bitter orange, very bitter!

Small carbonation, soft and fresh, a dry finish.

This was a truly lovely beer, enjoyed in the beer garden at the Rake in London.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint served in imperial pint glass by handpump.

A- Very creamy 3 finger head with excellent retention and lacing. Body is a light blonde colouring.

S- Lots of floral hoppiness here, grapefruit citrus, only faint malty bread dough notes.

T- Lots of hops in here, maybe overpowering the malts. Citrus comes through in the finish. Only well into the aftertaste does any malt nuttiness come through.

M- Low carbonation, light body.

D- Refreshing certainly with the hop profile but id like a little more malt sweetness in the start to balance this, leaving me more satisfied! Nevertheless, an interesting hoppy bitter, while easy to drink i dont know if id want more than 1 or 2 before desiring something slightly sweeter.

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Oracle from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
3.68 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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