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Hydes Original Bitter (Cask)

Brewed by Hydes
Style: Bitter
Salford, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask: Regular.
Name changed from Traditional Bitter to Bitter in 2004. Name changed to Original Bitter in 2006
2004: "Pale ale malt and whole Fuggles hops combined in a recipe unchanged for over 50 years."
2006: "English pale ale malt with a small amount of crystal malt for colour and flavour. Bittering and aroma hops are predominantly English Fuggles with a small amount of Challenger. Dry hopped in cask with Fuggles."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (2463) - NORWAY - MAY 6, 2015
Pint from cask at The Grey Horse in Manchester with JR and MEH. Clear golden. Persistent beige head and lacing. Moderate aroma. Fine and well-balanced taste, with pale malt and some hops. Very smoth and extremely quaffable. Just as a good bitter should be!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4204) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Cask by hand-pump at Chestnuts Hotel, Ayr - clear golden amber, thin off-white head, resinous malty aroma, intermittent lacing, malty flavour, good carbonation, easy to drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vladivostok (374) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2014 Excellent subtle ordinary bitter and the complete antidote to the over-the-top, in-your-face beers which litter England’s bars. Colour is pale but not overly so. Aroma is gently hoppy with a decent flavour of freshly baked bread. Finish is gently bitter without being astringent. Really worth tracking down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ianwelby (870) - SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Clear golden beer with a decent foamy head. Very little aroma. Light, slight sour citrus hop aroma. Bit of hop with the fruit in the flavour. A touch of nut in an otherwise watery finish. Bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyLion (518) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
Cask @ The Old Horse, Leicester. A brown bitter. It's alright but it's not very interesting. There was a hint of banana with this which may be a bad sign? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Butterscotch-y caramel oversees minerals and leafy hops in this lackadaisical Bitter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear amber.
-The hop character is reminiscent of already-steeped tea leaves.
-The hop bitterness feels rather dusty when teamed up with (what I think is) this hard water character.
-Diacetyl levels are high, but are high enough to make the rest of the brew feel a bit limp.

On cask at The Mermaid at Burford.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (6881) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2013
Golden with a small head. It has a true bitter character with a medium to high bitterness and a malty aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2013
Medium brown pour with a thin white head. Weak body, flavour of hop bitterness. Inoffensive old school bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23917) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2012
Cask@GBBF2012. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is nutty, floral, some mild wood and resiny notes. Flavour is nutty, woden, floral and some mild vanillaish notes. Nice old school bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (10005) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2012
Half, hand pulled, excellent cask quality at the Grey Horse. Clear copper body colour. Spotty lacing to the glassware. Leafy hops to the nose. Bitter resin-like hops to the taste buds added by a mild malty sweetness. Plain bitter finish. A good, standard Brit bitter ale (Manchester, 07.07.2012).

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