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Brewed by Bowman
Style: Bitter
Southampton, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
Gloriously rich golden in colour and with a wonderful mown grass aroma, this premium bitter is full of complex flavours including a tiny amount of caramel. The addition of American hops gives it a full hop flavour with a dry finish.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle at home ... From Bitter virtue ... over livly golden ... big white foam head ... light hop nose ... bitter light spice hop little dry ....

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9371) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 16, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 500ml bottle (UK) - shared by SaintMatty - thanks! (6:3:8:4:14=3.5)
Rich orange, doughy head. Simple malty and meadowy aroma. Sweet caramelly malty body, dry noble hop bitter bite, but a fruitier finish too. Lovely long finish, in fact. Well balanced, and a classic UK bitter. Would love to have this cask, bottles can rarely compare to that.
Rerate: Cask (GBBF2010)
7 Super sharp citrusst aroma, some light grains too.
3 Gold, brief head
7 Big bite immediately. Big on the hops. But pleasant light grains too.
4 Soft palate, carbonation low
14 All round great session bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16789) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2009
Cask @ Volunteer Arms, GBBF 2008. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Has a malty hoppy aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweetish fruity malty hoppy citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6163) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2008
(Cask at GBBF, London, 6 Aug 2008) Golden colour with brief, white head. Fruity nose with notes of citrus, caramel and biscuity malt. Fruity taste with citrus (orange, grapefruit) and a generous citrussy hop character in a floral, slightly soapy finish. Nice beer with good hop flavours.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20395) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2008
Cask@GBBF2008. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is nectar, hayish hops and some mild fruits mixed in. Flavour is wood, mild spices and flowery hops. Fruity and wooden aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4836) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Hazy golden. Lemony hop aroma. Good bitterness, toffee and lemons flavours. Refreshing and sufficiently complex.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Cask at GBBF 08. Golden light amber, very good condition. Fruity and hoppy, it’s very drinkable and has a superb lingering bitter finish. A great English bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
Clear golden with tiny off white head. Sweet and fruity aroma with discrete hoppy and citric notes. Floral flavor that ends mild bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty (5315) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 Cask at The Guide Dog, Southampton- Dark golden in colour with a pale head. The aroma is hoppy and floral with peaches and sticky toffee being detected. The taste is mildly bitter and hoppy and very well balanced. A great pint.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Cask (handpump) @ Magpie & Crown, TW8 Brentford, London. Light light unclear light yellow color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate hoppy, flowers, citrus, toffee. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.


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