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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Previously brewed at 3.9%.

The West Country’s favourite beer derives from pure Mendip Spring Water…notably bitter, clean tasting, refreshingly dry and distinctive. Made with 100% best Maris Otter malt (the Rolls Royce of malts), together with a blend of (never divulged) English hop varieties…Butcombe Bitter is a moreish Mendip masterpiece.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Lightly bready and caramelized cereals segue into earthy hop bitterness in this classic Brown Bitter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the misty bronze amber.
-Drinkability is high.
-The burnt sugar flavours are not heavy.
-The mouthfeel is lean.
-This gets better as you down the pint, which is exactly the point.
-The flavour profile may be forgettable (these interchangeable Brown Bitters often are, it seems), but it doesn’t mean it’s a boring beer.

On cask at The Bell Inn, Bath.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1331) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
Nice sessionable bitter, no memorable strong flavours, strong pale malts in the palate

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10345) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Cask at The Parcel Yard. Pours copper with a creamy off-white head. LIght floral aroma. Med body. Flavor is mild roast malt with floral and a touch of leather! Bitter finish. Quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadWelshWizard (11) - - JAN 2, 2013
Quite a nice pint, local to my new flat. A bit different to the way it tastes down in Bristol but still quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
a_cross (525) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Amber, frothy white head; a fruity, dry bitter with a slight sulphuric edge which instead of spoiling the beer actually enhances its unique character; smooth, reliable and moreish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jones35 (13) - banwell, Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Nicer nut brown colour leading to a balanced sweet body. Bitterness at front develops into a floral and herby finish

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (215) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
Mid-amber colour. Well balanced and subtle with a crisp malt flavour. Not over-hoppy but a good ale nonetheless. Like all ordinary bitters, needs tasting on a clean palate and definitely not at a Harvester near the M5!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
evergreen0199 (1810) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Cask at Harvester restaurant adjacent to the M5 in Taunton, Somerset. An amber coloured pour with a small fluffy off white head on top. Vague hoppy, fruity aroma. Tastes fruity, bitter, hoppy. Rather bland in that boring English bitter way.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Cask at the Rifleman, Twickenham - 13/10/12. Pours a clear copper colour with a frothy off white head. Good lacing ensues. Nose comprises grain, light malt and some fruit. Tastes of biscuit malt, light caramel tones, a little fruit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (8564) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2012
Cask (?, Cambridge)
Simple sweet malty bitter. Unassuming on the nose. However, it positively comes alive in the mouth. Still sitting in the "boring brown bitter" style, but it’s so full and aromatic, I think that people who don’t like this don’t like beer. Soft palate, carbonation low. Lovely malty nutty finish. Very tasty bitter.


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