Faultline Best Bitter
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
FBC Best Bitter uses all English hops. It is served via a nitrogen dispense system which creates a firm head of smaller bubbles. This allows us to serve the beer with a lower amount of CO2 and thus the flavor of the beer is not dominated by gas tingle on the tongue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yespr (40482) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2009
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small, dense creamy and slight off-white head. Mild fruity and light sweet aroma. Mild caramelish and subdued fruity flavoured. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34376) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2011
Draft. An amber beer with a dense nitro head in an orangey shade. The aroma has light notes of hops and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel as well as a light note of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
On tap. Clear amber golden with a creamy off-white nitro head leaving laces. Nutty aroma. Medium body, low in carbonation with light accents of nuts and roasted malt. Hardly any bitterness. 250709

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 4, 2016
On tap @ Faultline. Light amber colored beer with a thick khaki head. Fairly malt forward and sweet. Some bread, toast, and a lot of floral hops. Actually not half bad, though certainly watery. Maybe a little bit of a creamsicle note with a bunch of orange candy and a bit of butterscotch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Sample at the brewpub on 8/10/10. Clear amber pour with a thick tan nitro head. Typical nose for the style with dank malt, caramel and a bit of fruitiness. Flavor starts with caramel malt and a bit of diacetyl before an earthy hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6731) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Tap. Pours clear deep amber with a medium creamy off white head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is faint caramel, cardboard. Flavor is the same, light sweet, light bitter. Medium body, creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Golden brown with a creamy white head. Sweet musty malt and citrus aroma and taste with a mildly astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2003
Deep copper with lasting tan head.Malt nose.Blended malt flavor with mild hops

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Tap. Amber with a foamy white head. Very light body. Some tea flavors. A little too watery and weak as a bitter, but it is smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Served with nitrogen from a stout faucet at the brewpub. I was here to watch the US/Slovenia World Cup game, and barely pulled my mind away from the game enough to blurt out a name of a beer to the waiter when he came to our table. If I had noticed that this was a nitro beer, I definitely would have gone for another of their selections, but I couldnít be bothered to look into that given the circumstances. Luckily the game ended before I finished my pint, so I was able to put some concentration into a decent rate. Overall, this is a solid take on the style of strong bitter (not best, which it is in reality too high in gravity to be) that you see sent over the pond in nitro kegs, albeit fresher (obviously) and significantly hoppier overall, though not to the point of feeling obviously American. Itís actually hard to say on that last point though, as those beers might be this hoppy on cask local to their respective breweries. The color is a medium-light amber with good clarity, topped by the typical creamy nitrogen-induced cap of foam that lasts until you take the last sip. I donít know if Iíll ever get used to that... The aroma is predictable dull, given the nitro cap that always seems to kill aromatics, though there is a mild nutty maltiness that manages to come through. The flavor hits you up front with sweet, nutty malt and a touch of caramel. There is a nice english hop flavor that balances well and wraps it all up in a snappy, tangy finish and firm bitterness. Medium bodied with smooth, lower carbonation that almost goes without saying. This would definitely be a great esb on cask, but the nitro pretty much limits it in its current state. Hoppy, yet well balanced and malty at the same time.

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