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

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unknown

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 109   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
a_cross (593) - 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 (227) - 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 (1942) - 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 (7938) - 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 (9172) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
Handpull at Lamb and Flag. Clear amber-gold with a small frothy off-white head. Aroma is weak, grassy and slightly sweet. Taste is ... Light sweet grain, weedy and dishwatery. Light, still and a bit hash - finishes mercifully quick. Nah.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (7777) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Clear goden colour, mid-sized head. Shy malt and hop flavours, quite light and mild.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (10536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2012
Cask at the Brewery Tap in West London. Labeled as ’Butcombe Original bitter’. Pours clear brown with a fine, white cream head. Toasty and doughy bread in the nose with a few berries, too. Light to medium sweet flavor with some toasty sugars, wet wood and leaves, berries and light leather. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Decent condition. Lightly sweet to finish, lightly dry, faintly musty with dry and toasty bread, leathery fruits and toasted sugar. OK, but not great, just so we’re clear.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kermis (4796) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2012
Half pint from cask. Pours copper with a white head. Light citrus and hop aroma. Medium sweet, medium bitter flavour with some malt and bread. Thin to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not bad but uninteresting. (offline rating from April 2012)


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