Sitting in the Oakham Ales Brewery Tap in Peterborough it was no surprise to find JHB or to give its full name Jeffrey Hudson Bitter on tap. Peterborough is very much Oakham Ales country so I tried a fair few of their offerings on the trip. The brewery is nearly 30 years old now and I'd be surprised if any of you hadn't at least seen their Citra beer at some point. Anyway JHB from Oakham Ales pours about as light as a bitter could possibly pour, honestly you don't get many pale ales that come out this light, so that's a bit of an odd start. The head, or rather the space where the head should be is distinct in its absence. I just don't think this looks like a proper bitter at all. On the bright side at only 3.8% this can very much be treated as a session beer.
The beers aroma is full of citrus and other fruity hops with very few malt smells coming through at all, so again this really doesn't seem like a bitter more a weak pale ale. As with the looks the texture is really light, and i don't mean pale ale light I mean watery light, which I guess could be nice if you really wanted to cool down quickly. Sadly though the taste matches, it's just pale, weak, limp, and a little pointless as anything other than a palate cleanser. You may get a few citrus notes but really you're drinking slightly flavoured water. I can only give JHB from Oakham Ales 2 out of 10. It's just weak and tasteless, which I guess if nothing else means it's not difficult to drink, but really it's not even worth that little bit of effort.