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


on tap

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
witthatsbier (490) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2013
Grainy aroma ,copper colour a old fashioned bitter and none the worse for it hoppy flavour with slightly sweet lingering finish ,a fine classic old fashioned bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (2047) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2013
Brown with small white creamy head which dissipates quickly. Aroma doesn’t give much to hang on to - a weak scent of malt. Taste is full-flavoured and tangy with a strong malt edge. Jarring sour/bitter finish. Full, satisfying mouthfeel. Tasty, although for some an acquired taste no doubt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8987) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1827) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
Nice sessionable bitter, no memorable strong flavours, strong pale malts in the palate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13621) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
a_cross (639) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vladivostok (412) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
evergreen0199 (2830) - 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.

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