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Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (326 of 1001)

Rating: 3.8

A beer that I’ve been on the lookout for recently and one that I actually spotted an earlier this year in a B&M Bargains store only to be put off buying it by the fact is was well past its freshness date and I wanted to give it a fair review. Luckily I was able to find a bottle in the Drygate bottleshop in Glasgow a few weeks ago and quickly grabbed a bottle. The beer is a regular cask offering from Oakham Ales and will be my third from the brewery, following on from their excellent Citra American pale ale and their fairly average Inferno golden ale, the later of which I reviewed here back in May of last year. Named after a Mr. Jeffrey Hudson, a royal courtier of King Charles I in the 17th century, the beer is another dry-hopped offering from Oakham and has been crowned Champion Beer of Britain in the bitter category twice, back in 1999 and again two years later in 2001 so I’m expecting it to be a good one for what will be the 326th beer from the 1001 list that I’ll have tried.

Jeffrey Hudson Bitter

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a very light and clear golden colour, this one has a few fine bubbles rising to the surface and is topped with a thin, white head that is a foamy and just about covers the surface of the beer with more of a build up to the one side. Retention is okay with the head eventually turning patchy and leaving some traces in the centre of the glass but it falls short of disappearing completely.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a fresh nose with some floral touches and a nice citrus backing plus plenty of pale malts to open things up with. The beer had some bread and cereal coming through which also added a moderate sweetness with some lemon not far behind. There was a few more hops coming through than I’d anticipated and the nose was all the better for it with the odd burst of fruit and some hints of bitterness towards the end as well; nice stuff.
Taste (8/10): Starting off in a similar vein to the nose, this one opens up with some citrus and lemon flavours along with a solid amount of pale malts and to a lesser extent some floral flavours, the bread malts are present here too. Around the middle I got some hints of tropical fruits with an earthy bitterness and biscuit malts not far behind before some musty touches come through towards the end. The beer was zesty and feature some nice but subdued hops, hay and grassy flavours as well as a further hit of citrus and some herbal flavours right at the end.
Palate (4/5): This one came through very fresh and zesty with moderate carbonation levels and a light-medium body as well as touches of sweetness, particularly with the nose. The beer was crisp and well-balanced with a lively feel and a moderate bitterness too; excellent stuff.

Overall (14/20): Very nice stuff from Oakham Ales here, this one was well-balanced and fresh with some good floral flavours and was exactly what you’d expect from a good golden ale. The beer was an easy one to drink with some good pale malts and bread to kick things off alongside a pleasant citrus zest and nice bitterness; it’s definitely one of the better beers of the style that I’ve tried of late and 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.

Brewed In: Peterborough, England
Brewery: Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
First Brewed: 1993
Also Known As: Oakham JHB
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Drygate (Glasgow)
Price: £3.60

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  1. July 10, 2017 at 10:04

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