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Magnolia Billy Sunday Bitter
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Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask only.

Brewed for Public House.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2013
Cask @ the brewpub. Pours a pale amber color with a white head. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy aroma. Fruity malty weak hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Clear amber pour with a tall off-white head. Nose is mostly bread and toasted malt. Light cracker note, floral hops, and a soft earthiness. Some hints of orange peel on the back end. Flavor is a bit more bitter than expected. A fair amount of citrus peel, some nice floral notes, and a more pronounced earth character. Still, mostly a bread and toasted malt flavor with a moderate sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Cask pint at the brewpub. My, what a lively carbonation for a cask-drawn beer. Creamy head atop a light amber body. Distinctly English hops and biscuity malt. Soft notes of peaches and other mild fruit tastes. I sort of gulped this down as they were playing Phish there and the Toronado was only a short walk away. Easy-drinking and tasty, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
On tap at Magnolia. Pours a dark golden color with 1 finger creamy white head, after sipping leaves slight Belgian lacing. Smells of sweet hops. Tastes very smooth, slightly sweet, not as bitter as expected. Light bodied with a creamy finish. Overall a pleasant surprise from a man who knows how to make a good bitter.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Draft... Light copper a bit orange... Oranges with a bi of bo and skunk... Taste is malty water boring

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
On cask at the brewpub. Pours with a mostly clear copper body with a frothy and slowly fading white head. Aromas are bready, estery, lightly lemony, honey, light florals. Woody hop note. Flavors are bready and mildly nutty, slightly butter. Kind of watery. Some fruit esters. Minimal/light carbonation. Medium bodied, but finishes dry and a bit thin. A mineral (bicarbonate) bite in the finish. A bit bland.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
This was hands down one of the best cask bitters I have ever tasted. Nice cereal nose and honey color, with a pleasantly bright citrus hoppiness complementing the mild malt flavor

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Draft. Shown as Billy Sunday’s Best Bitter (4.7%). Amber beer with an off-white head. Very bready aroma. Bready flavor with malt and light floral notes. Medium body. Malt and light caramel lingers with light grain and light floral tones.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Strong grain aroma and taste with some vanilla malty notes and a cereal finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Biscuity, honeyed malts are balanced out by leafy hops in this balanced and impeccable Bitter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the amber shine.
-This was a very well tendered cask; and the beer was served at warm temperature. All the elements to a proper, authentic Bitter were there.
-That being said, there was nothing special about this Bitter, and it would be one amongst hundreds in the UK.
-The mouthfeel is silky and highly drinkable.
-The malts are slightly caramelized as well.

On tap at the brewpub.


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