Northampton Daniel Shays Best Bitter
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
This English style best bitter starts off malty on the palate and finishes hoppy; named for our area’s historic "bitter" rebel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2007
This bitter ale poured light brown with good blended notes of sweet malt and bitter hops. This allowed the palate to share in the same contradictory experience. It finished with the correct amount of bitterness as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sammy (11069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
On-tap at the brewpub. Minimal head, though lace and grapefruit colour. No smell, watery.Malty, turning into Bitter, and drying aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrpickwick (5) - Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2007 does not count
22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewpub. A very pleasant surprise -definitely reminded me of a good English ESB. Nice blend of malt and hops. Strong creamy lasting . head. Medium body and bitterness with a mildly bitter aftertaste . Best of the Northampton products I’ve tried - wish it were available in a 6-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2086) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a hazy coppery color with a small head. Lots of lacing on this one. The aroma is somewhat caramel malty sweet, with hints of roastiness and hops. The taste is malty, slightly roasty and slightly bitter. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
sampled at the brewpub. Amber in color. Grainy and sweet malt in the aroma with some citrus as well. Taste is lightly malty with a dry biscuity character, with some citrus hops in the flavor. Lightly bitter in the finish. interesting bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Cask at Brazen Head. Amber color with a small white head. Grain/cereal malt and citrusy hop aroma. Cereal malt flavor, delicate sweetness, with a nice little orangey tinge throughout. Lively body for a cask ale. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Shared a sampler that had this in it. The color was light brown and contained a good balance of mellow hops and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deduchar (39) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 26, 2006
This is my favorite beer Northampton makes. It is a nice smooth bitter, almost like the ones in London.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Nice dark copper color. Smooth with a mild hoppy and even more mild maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Dirty orange with medium tan head. Aroma is fruity, apricot, caramel. Flavor is bready, bitter, light hop, citrus. Medium to light palate.

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