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City of Cambridge Boathouse Bitter

Brewed by Wolf
Style: Bitter
Attleborough, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Bottle & Cask: Status uncertain
Originally brewed by City of Cambridge in Cambridge, then contract brewed variously by Wolf, Oxford, and Elgood. Brand aquired by Wolf in 2011.
1st in the bitter category at the 25th and 26th Cambridge Beer Festivals. Named in honor of Cambridge’s historic ties with rowing. A deep amber beer with a rich, chocolately nose, supported by a little citrus hoppiness. The taste is malty and fruity (tell-tale pineapple notes from the Cascade hops), with hints of chocolate, but quite dry. Plenty of depth for its modest strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 20, 2015
Cask (Duke of Wellington, Norwich) (6:4:6:4:13+=3.3+)
Soft sweet caramelly aroma. Ditto the taste. Soft palate, a little watery and sweet, carbonation low. Finish a little tanniny. A very solid bitter bitter. Not saying 3.7% - this has some real character. Bitterness very high, but it works very well in balance with the sweet caramelly malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6331) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2015
23rd April 2015: 500ml bottle shared with my wife in bright sunshine on our patio. Really enjoyed this beer: light brown body with full heads on our two half-pint glass tankards (old Home Ales countryman glasses). Malty lead with a good hop content stopping any real sweetness from showing. Fruity and interesting, belies it’s 3.7% ABV with a flavoursome taste and aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (2326) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle from Waitrose. Light brown. Clear with reasonable head & lots of lacing. Negligible aroma: bit of fruit, wood, freshly mown grass. Taste is an improvement, with a hearty hoppy bitter taste and a slight bitterness in the finish. Nothing special but certainly a drinkable bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (8674) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle from Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cambridge. Copper with an amber glow and a thin head. Has a rich grainy-malt taste with a fruity sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber with finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Bready malts, peppery, slight citrus note and light toffee. Taste: Medium bitterness and low sweet and sourness. Palate: Medium thick coarse texture and body, average carbonation, abrupt citrus, peppery malty slightly bitter finish. Comments: Good and lace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
Bottles from Rehills, Newcastle and Cambridge Wine Merchants. An amber ale with a slight burnt toffee and currant flavour, red fruit notes and roasted bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2014. Clear amber thin white head. Fruity on the aroma. Decent session bitter. English fruity bitter. Ok condition. Some bitterness on the finish some hedgerow which is attractive. Drinkable and distinctive. Dome apple fruit. Interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle from the brewery (I believe). Poured a hazy amber with a thin, white head. Aroma of floral hops, hay and synthetic fruit. Very bitter initial flavours; metallic with some dry straw. Finish was astringent with copper and bitter hop resin. I could not recommend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (7770) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle. Amber color with small white head. Malt, caramel and floral hops. Medium sweet taste with caramel malt, bready notes, citrus hops. Light bitterness in caramel sweet finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2012
7th April 2010
Bright clear amber beer. Modest head. Crispy palate, a little dry. Nicely balanced clean malt with a little toffee. Then clean juicy hops providing some very minerally citrus. Refreshing light bitter, goes down very easy. A little tea in the bitter aftertaste.

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