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


on tap

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Cask at Market Porter, LondonNew cask. Beautiful dark amber color; small creamy head; lace. Medium malty example, a lot of caramel, well bitter, fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19306) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy amber, creamy head. Fruity, somewhat ashy nose. Dryish with notes of melon.Soft mouthfeel. Long bitter finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2154) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Again, more props for a broad flavor profile. fruitiness of the edge of tropical, floral bits in the nose, bubblegum, some earthy and old leaves hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Amber/ copper colour. Big, fluffy, lasting head. Dry and bitter, with some citric character. Quite crisp. Nice enough, but nothing out of the ordinary. However, as bottled, relatively low strength, bitters go, this is a pretty respectable example. Bottle conditioned at the RB Joet London gathering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris O. A slightly hazy golden coloured bitter with a fluffy white head. There is a bit of strawberry and straw in the aroma. The taste is nice with lemony citrus hops. A clean acceptable beer.Score 2.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.1. Average becomes 3.0

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle & Chris’ Place Nice, fruity aroma. Cloudy gold appearance. Flavour is bland, fruity and malty but thirst quenching. Not bad for an English bottle conditioned bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2004
Cask-conditioned @ Cricketers, Easton. Nutty malt and some earthy hops. Pleasant enough, full bodied but lacking flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Pours nice with a white, creamy head. Copper in color with a nice malty taste. Fruity mouth hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2003
Bottle: Not the best, but there are far worse. This is fairly tame and bland, but its drinkable, typical caramelly malt with citrusy fuggles, only in smaller doses in this beers case. Probably better on cask, but i won't be searching it out any time soon

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5187) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2002
Founded in 1980 Ballard’s have been brewing at The Old Sawmill on the Hampshire / West Sussex border since 1988 when Francis Weston took over as head brewer. Ballard’s have won a few minor CAMRA awards over the years, but are probably best known for their annual bottle conditioned beers which each carry a different name and successively higher abv. Their best selling cask ale, Best Bitter, has only recently become available in bottle conditioned form. Mine was in poor condition (British microbreweries are still struggling with the art of bottle conditioning Bitter) but revealed a mild fruit base to support a very dry bitterness. There is nothing here to suggest this is worth hunting down for a bottle in better condition.

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