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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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A style of Pale Ale, Black Mountain Bitter will be lightly hopped with traditional British hop varieties to balance the malt sweetness yet encourage it to tend toward the dry side.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CheersMate (1310) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Looks like a lager to me. Organic huh? I haven’t had a very pleasing organic experience yet. This beer does have a nice thin head sitting on top, but again it looks like a cheap pale lager. Cheap smell, a little corn lager aroma on this one. A little hop aroma comes through, but I wouldn’t say that it is enough to call this a pale ale. Also, a slight malt aroma, but nothing I would say that pops out at me. Decent mouthfeel. The hop taste does come through. Completely misguided by the aroma. Nice pilsner type bitterness. This beer is surprisingly decent. Not much of a malt presence, but quite an interesting bitter characteristic. Also, the palate is surprisingly decent as well. It is fairly smooth for a beer expected to taste like Natty.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bonus bottle from emacgee. Pours a bright shade of copper with fleeting off-white head. Looks a bit like apple juice. Smells almost like a tripel, and tastes like a pilsner. Features grass, orange peel, and grain. Seems unfocused.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2009
Bottle pours an off-white head with a clear golden body. Aroma is of biscuit, honey, and hops. Flavor is biscuit, citrus and spicy hops. Finish is honey and a slight bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours pale, gold, with a slight haze, small white head. Aroma is grainy, toasted malts. Flavor is a good bit thin. I would have expected a bit more malt. Very light beer, dry finish, hops are cetainly there, definitely more pils than bitter. This must be the beer for everybody else...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2009
12 oz. bottle. This one pours out a clear gold producing a rather spare white head that settles quickly, leaving little lace - not a good beginning. Grain based aromas of straw and toast punctuated by some earthiness. Medium body, light carbonation, dry palate. A subdued but pleasant maltiness up front, softly bittered to produce a dry finish. Smooth, drinkable, sessionable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Pours out a nice light orange color with a very small this head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with a noticable amount of sweetness. flavor tastes like beer. with a small hint of hops. overall its not bad, just not my favorite

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
bottle someone shared at Houston BA Tasting in October. Pours a cloudy, faded yellow with white bubbles instead of head. Nose is of lemon and floral. Taste is floral and biscuit. Mouthfeel is thin and dry with a slight bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2009
On tap at the Mellow Mushroom with Chris, immediately upon completing our MBA educations. For that reason, it tasted pretty damn sweet. It was much lighter (color) than I thought it would be.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
On tap Brick Store Pub. Pours deep gold - almost orange - with white head that laces the glass. The aroma is grassy hoppy with a light malt sweetness. The aroma is slightly earthy, but the hops smell more like European hops (German or Czech) than like British hops as description suggests. Flavor is pleasant and hoppy and a little bit (unexpectedly) delicate - like a hoppy American wheat, but without the wheat. There is a light malt sweetness with a touch of fresh, yeasty bread. The finish is spicy dry and pleasantly bready. The mouthfeel is crisp and spritzy with a medium body. Overall, a decent session beer better suited for warmer months.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Originally reviewed: 4/8/09. Pours a very pale yellow with a thin whispy white head on top. This disappears as quickly as it came. Some thin spottly lacing sticks along the glass edge. Nothing special. I was surprised at how pale this was though. I was expecting it to be darker for some reason. Smells grassy and grainy. Smells like a sourdough. Some slight lemon zest in there as well. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but I didn’t mind it. Flavor was of a tad sour grass mixed with a nice bitter bite. The bitterness is not overpowering in any way, it’s just there enough. Finishes a little citrusy as well. I enjoyed this drink, and could see myself having a pint or two at a time.


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