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Hackney Best Bitter

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Brewed by Hackney
Style: Bitter
London, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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A traditional ale inspired by the British classic. By 1830 the expression best bitter was synonymous in England and has since become a part of brewing history. We have created a true to style bitter with a deep full bodied taste. Available in cask.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
Poured medium amber with a tan ring. Aroma of sweet malt and nuts. Light body, flavour is medium sweet, lightly bitter nuttiness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4863) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
Sunday lunchtime pint (29th March 2015): Chequers, Walthamstow E17. Hand-pulled into a UK pint sleeve: looked fine, light amber with a full head with longevity. Nice semi-sweet bitter with enough about it to sit and enjoy. Malts just about rule the flavours although the finish is drying and bitter.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vladivostok (322) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Odd flavour which I can only liken to spirit - surgical or methylated rather than anything you can actually drink. Could have been an off batch although there was no smell of vinegar. That aside, not hugely hoppy and toffee seems to be the next most noticeable feature. Must try again when I get the chance.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Cask gravity at the Watford Beer Festival 2014. Poured a light hazy copper, with a rocky white head. Aroma of bread, hay and brown sugar. Mouthful of grass in the flavour, with some candy sugar and toasted malt. Finish was bitter resin, dry straw and lemongrass. A bit on the bitter side to be a session bitter...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (5244) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2014. Orange light amber coloured pour with fleeting white head. Aroma is parfummed, nutty caramel and berry hop. Flavour is nice raisin, caramel and slight crisp finish. Little plastic note. Palate is medium sweet, berry. OK.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2014
Feb, 2013. Howl At The Moon, Hackney. Dry. Nutty. Caramel. Powdery bitterness lingering and catching in the throat. Not for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (3031) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Cask at Artillery Arms Moorgate. Post-exam commiseration/celebration with classmates, so short review. Dark orange, clear, big beige bubbles form what you could, I suppose, call a head. There is sweet toffee in the smell and in the taste. The flavour is particularly punchy like the caramel malts you sometimes get in De Molen beers. Medium body, smooth. Better than expected.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4096) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Cask at Doric Arch, London. Sessionable, workmanlike, proficient, drinkable, robust, traditional Bitter. Not a modern, urbane hop palate, but fine. Has it’s place.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber with finger thick ivory/white head. Aroma: Biscuit/bread, caramel, floral, hint of fruitiness. Taste: Low sweetness and sourness with medium bitterness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, abrupt bitter malty finish. Comments: Tasty and glass lace.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdiBeer (1986) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Aroma: caramel malts, some fruity. Appearance: amber, hardly any head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: flat carbonation, keeps its light sweetness. Overall: sub-average bitter, there are far better ones out there. Pint at the Cat and Canary, London.


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