Portsmouth XX Bitter
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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
This is a beer that is on the lower end of the alcohol spectrum at only 5.25% abv. The XX Bitter is hopped similar to an ESB, but then we tweak the style by fermenting it with a Belgian yeast strain. You know us, no beer can be completely strait forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
On tap at the brewpub on 05/15/2010. Clear caramel body with a small creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel and floral/earthy aroma. Sugary caramel flavor with some earthy hops and a dry bitter finish. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2009
bottle, purchased from brewpub 4/4/09. Pours a lackluster hazy brown, extremely thin sudzy head that clears away fast. Aroma improves over appearance- a healthy nose of floral and spicy hops over some fruity phenols and malt sweetness. Flavor is undoubtedly interesting for a bitter. Mild hop bite, with a light and even bitterness throughout. Belgian yeast strain shows through in the body- malt sweetness shows in more of a fruity, phenolic way than the usual bitter. Still very mild and balanced, but that extra depth to the malt character is a very welcome twist. Palate is thin and light, easy drinking, with a light sweetness to the finish. Very interesting and well-crafted brew.

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