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Bowen Island English Special Bitter

Brewed by Kamloops Brewery
Style: Bitter
Kamloops, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
This pours with a frothy tan, fast vanishing head of perhaps two fingers thickness, and a DARK copper body. The aroma is malt, moderately so. The taste was much the same, again with the malt. Mouthfeel and aftertaste were...nondescript.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2007
As a previous reviewer noted, this beer has been "somewhat forgotten," and often languishes on shelves. However, the Bowen Island Bitter happens to be one of the better bottled BC brews. The roasted malt flavors are reminiscent of toasted dandelion root. It’s a balanced beer with a decent body. The mouthfeel is soft. Best served not too cold.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2006
A somewhat forgotten beer in the BC scene, having languished for years under the indifferent ownership of Big Rock. Slight golden hint to an otherwise unattractive dull brown colour. The aroma is earthy, caramelly and not much else. Thankfully, the flavour delivers quite a bit more. It’s predominantly earthy, woody hops, caramel and toasty malts and the subtle, almost indefinable complexity a true English bitter should have, in the form of robust earthy notes (that remind me of Black Sheep’s yeast) and random fruity hints. It’s a bit robust and toasty for something you’d find on cask in England, and seems clearly modelled more on the stronger bottled English bitters that get sent across the Atlantic. Still, it’s gratifying to see that the new owners retained this brand (and Black Bear) because it’s pretty good...if only they’d get the aroma and appearance up to the level of the flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
12 oz. bottle, delivered by my Canadian housesitter. Pours deep copper brown with a large beige head that diminishes leisurely leaving some lacing. Aroma of toasty malts, with a hint of earth and prominent floral and herbal hops. Flavor is classic bitter, toasty, a bit dusty in character with more of the aforementioned floral and herbal hoppiness giving way to a lingering bitterness with a bit of wet cardboard - this may be getting a bit on the old side. Light to mediium body with crisp carbonation. Pretty good and actually better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5639) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle. Light chestnut eggshell, big foamy head, big bubbles. Nutty, light roasty and fruity malt, good kick of green hops, bitter/dry finish. Medium to light body, good chewyness. IPAish bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bowen Island Special Bitter (Bottle): Pours a dark copper with a medium off white foamy head that keeps it’s shape well with modest lacing. Aroma was appetizing. Sweet caramel with a fruity hop smell. Flavour starts great, nice understated earthy malt sweetness being overtaken by a growing bitterness. The finish was a bit flat for me with a lingering sourness. Very enjoyable, excellent Canadian Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Clear, dark brown, foamy white head. Aroma of whole wheat toast and molasses. Dry, earthy flavor at first, with some toasty and molasses notes, as well. Woodsy hot flavor at the finish. Thanks to Oakes for the trade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
Poured a copper colour with a thick creamy head leaving a delicate lace. Aromas of caramel and hops. Medium bitter taste as well as a good malt balance. Quite drinkable. More than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
Poured a deep amber with minor off white head that diminished into fleeting lace. Caramel sweet maltynish inhabits my nostrils upon insertion. A little peanut brittle too...The palate is exquisitely hopped as the bitterness coats my tongue and plants the seed for me to take another swig. Doesn’t have a dry hopped flavour, owing to the style I guess, but hops are sure there in spades and complemented finely with the English-tasting malt .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
cloudy light amber colour. huge light brown frothy head (looked like an icecream cone). bursting with citric hoppy aroma. strong bitter grapefruit hop taste that lingers on. great lace.

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