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Ballards Best Bitter

Brewed by Ballards
Style: Bitter
Petersfield, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
A copper coloured beer with a malty aroma. A good balance of fruit and malt gives a dry, hoppy, aftertaste. Best is our original brew.
Ingredients; Pearl pale malt and crystal malt. Fuggles and Goldings hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23130) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2015
Cask (backlog). Ambery orange colour with a mediumsized fluffy head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is bready malts, some nutty notes, mild wood, resin as well as a bit toasted and floral. Flavour is floral, wooden, resiny along with mild nutty notes as well as some caramel and mild sweet bready malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - BCA; heavy crusty sediment. Copper in colour. Malty; sweet toasty malts, toffee, caramel; slightly syrupy. Fruity; citrus fruity; marmalade. Hoppy; earthy hops. Full flavoured. Sweet malty and quite fruity throughout with a balancing hop bitterness. Dry hoppy finish. Decent Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (1280) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
A bit of a murky copper with not much of a head. Hints of caramel malt in the aroma. Taste is a bit too much like bitter coffee.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hens (722) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - JUN 11, 2013
0,5L bottle. Mouldy aroma. Light taste and watery malt beer. The best part of this beer is enjoyable bitter finish. Other is watery and tasteless infusion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (39785) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2012

Cask (gravity) @ The 17th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2011, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium orange amber colour with a average, frothy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, nutty, earthy, keller - damp stain - fusty, chestnut, malty. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, rubber, sweet malt, sweet caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20110430]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (2638) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle from Sainsbury, tried at ölföreningens english ale test. A welldone bitter, frutis, caramelmalts and hops in good balance. Rather dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (18086) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2011
cask at guilford arms ...copper ... bubbly off white head ... soft light smokey toffee msalt nose ...light bitter front ... soft wooody toffee malts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5285) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2011
50cl bottle from the Home Brew Shop, Aldershot. A brilliant golden amber appearance with a trace of white head; earthy, malty aroma; straightforward malty flavour; lighlty hopped finish. Exactly what a bitter shourld be like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma. Sweetish fruity malty hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Cask at the "Meet the Brewer" evening at La Gothique, Wandsworth Common, 4th Dec 09. Hazy amber looks. Aroma of cola cubes and cough sweets. Rather malty. Has the Ballard ’house’ character - similar to Wassail. Toffee malt tastes are balanced by a pronounced bitterness. Right weight and packs a lengthy finish. A best bitter that challenges the palate rather than mollycoddles it.

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