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Howe Sound Baldwin and Cooper Best Bitter

Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Squamish, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A smooth, malty well-hopped ale, with a full aromatic nose made with 100% barley, hops, water and yeast. The "best bitter" description refers to this beer’s higher alcohol content and its depth of hop bitterness. It is named for Jim Baldwin & Ed Cooper, the first men to climb the Grand Wall of the Stawamus Chief (702 m) in July, 1961
13.5 Plato

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
[5991-20131020] Cask. Toasted grains and light orange aroma. Clear, dark red amber body with a medium-lasting bubbly off-white head. Bitter orange-infused grains flavour. Medium body. Quite bitter overall, nice balance. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(Cask Days 2013 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (3873) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Owl Farm, Brooklyn tap: Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malt, raisin, dough, and some hops. Taste is lightly bitter. It reminded me of an IPA that sat too long. It was kind of sweet. Sort of thick. This isn’t what I would want from an IPA, and it isn’t entirely what I want from a bitter either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (600) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
An interesting take on a bitter. Dark reddish amber pour, opaque, with a thick, pillowy off-white head. Aromas of raisin and bready malt (a little like raisin bread, actually) and a touch of resinous hops. Flavour is quite malty, but some surprising hop presence here too, and a bit of that classic ESB bitter flavour. Darker, hoppier, and more complex and flavourful than most bitters, and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3968) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2014
1L swingtop. Lightly hazy orange-copper with a lasting disc of cream on top. Nose is orange-vanilla toffee and traces of dry leaf and wood. Front taste is orange caramel and a bit of chocolate toffee. Big finish of lightly tart apple with the bitter pith, tea leaf, resin and wood. Medium body is smooth with low-medium carbonation and balanced well by the dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (1547) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
Nearly a year old bottle, still tasting great. Pours brown with a pretty sizeable pillowy head and tons of lacing. Nose is sweet, some rum and raisins. Tastes are brown raisin bread, some breakfast tea, some earthy bitterness. Taste is medium/light sweet and medium/light bitterness. Medium body with lively carbonation. A realy beauty!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gerbeer (2169) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
On tap. Pours a hazy dark copper with moderate head. Light aromas of toasted malts and grass. Flavors of dried powdered malts, grain and grass. Long bitter finish. Bitter bitter stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. Copper beer with a dark cream head. Light malt and light woodsy aroma. Citrus and malt flavor. Medium bodied. Citrus and malt lingers with light caramel. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1444) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
1 litre potstopper. Clear medium copper, tan foam settles and mostly lasts. Medium roast, toffee, English hop aroma. Roasted caramel/toffee malt taste, some earthy herbal hop. Softer than average carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. NFL (Not For Lagerboys) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (9967) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottled sample. Pours a clear copper color with a thin foamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, caramel, raisin, mild floral hops. The taste is raisin, toasted malts, caramel, bitter hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrFecesious (1152) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
On tap at Darby’s. Pours a slightly hazy amber with little to no cap. A swirl takes care of that, and leaves a sticky lace. Aroma of caramel, nuts, a touch of wood smoke, slight biscuit. Taste is a huge punch of bitterness, with a subdued sweetness. Medium-high carbonation. Long dry finish.

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