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Brewed by Butcombe
Style: Bitter
Bristol, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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The West Country’s favourite beer derives from pure Mendip Spring Water ... notably bitter, clean tasting, refreshingly dry, distinctive, and moreish! Made with 100% best Maris Otter Malt, together with a blend of (never divulged) traditional English Hop varieties. Butcombe’s only beer for the Brewery’s first 20 years, and now bottled to celebrate winning the Silver Medal at the Great British Beer Festival 2009.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3979) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle. Golden and clear with a small head.Lovely maltiness with a medium body. Very pleasant. No doubt about it this is a classy bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Appearance: Clear copper with 2 finger ivory thick head. Aroma: Nutty, chocolate malt, biscuit, grassy/hay and pepper. Taste: Medium sourness and bitterness, low/medium bitterness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering astringent, peppery malty finish with subtle marmalade notes. Comments: Very good and glass lace.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (770) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2012
500ml bottle bought at morrisons, served cool. Orange with a thin offwhite head. Orangey aroma, piney flavour with some citrus and some some bitterness: I can’t put my finger on it, but what I expected would be a bog standard English bitter, is actually quite delicious, and I’m suprised at how much I’m enjoying it. Might be personal preference, might be a beer beacon in the myriad of 4-5% English bitters out there. Try it yourself.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3120) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2012
Light brown colour. Flavour has a big, round malt flavour with light sweetness. Nice dry finish where complex but not dominant hops come through.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1392) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2012

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle from Waitrose and drunk at home. Clear mid brown lasting beige head. Slight toasty malt aroma with some earthy English malts. Toasty malts are rather good as is the balancing English hops. Rather good I thought. Good balance good brown bitter. I liked it. Good balance. Good malt good hop. Very drinkable. I’d have a second bottle easy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martinrumsam (524) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2012
Mid amber colour with big beige lacing head. Aroma is malty and some muted floral notes. Taste starts slightly sweet with malts and caramel becoming moderately bitter and dry at the finish. Good balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20330) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Bottled@chriso. Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruity, toffeeish, mild caramel and some quite floral hops as well. Flavour is fruity, toffeeish, mild chocolaty notes as well as some sweet floral notes. Wellbalanced and nice bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydian1 (963) - FNQ, Australia, - OCT 26, 2012
A very commendable English bitter. Noticeably more bitter on the tongue than most. Clean medium bodied palate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2013
(Bottle): Pours a clear dark amber with small off white head. Some caramel and earthy, grassy notes on the nose. Flavour has a subtle caramel malt base with hops, spice, pepper and floral notes. I love the bitterness on the finish, not too much but enough to give a kick.


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