Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Bitter
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Filtered and pasteurised and served under pressure from a keg only.
Originally known as Sovereign Best Bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2008
Cask at Captain Kidd, Wapping. Pours a pale golden coloured beer with a frothy white head. Aroma of hops, grass and citrus. Taste is earthy with malts and hops quite well balanced. Very much a lager/pils rather than a bitter. Still a pleasant session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2008
Cask @ Chandos, London. Amber colour with nitro head. Earthy aroma with some malts and pleasant hoppyness. Taste is slightly hoppy, citrus notes, metallic, some caramel. A little too lager like for me. Dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
On tap at the John Snow, Soho, 4th Feb 2008. Clear amber appearance with slight hoppy aroma. Tasty enough malt & hops, but not much to it. Light and quaffable palate with a decent bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2007
Draught at the Earl of Lonsdale, London - came dark copper with a thick off-white head. Probably a nitro pour. Citrusy hoppy aroma. Juicy and floral. Flavour is very fresh, citrusy, light malt, with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ultimately, very, very drinkable bitter. The hopping reminded me of American beers somewhat (though not nearly as heavy). Delicate and soft pint. Quite good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2007
Keg at the Horse and Groom, Great Portland Street. Amber with a thick nitro-style head; smooth malty flavour with some citrus; gentle bitter finish. Much btter than the average keg bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2007
On tap at Horse and Groom, Great Portland Street. Amber with a thick creamy offwhite head. Fudge and citrus hops aroma. Earthy flavours blending with citrus. Good bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
Served on nitro. An orange beer with a thick white head. The aroma is very lightly fruity and malty - due to the nitrogen head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, leading to a dry bitter end. The mouthfeel is very smooth. I’m not a fan of nitro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2210) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2007
Pint in the Waterguard, Cardiff. Fresh aroma of scents. Clear light copper colour, maybe more on the golden side with a thin white head. fruity taste with floral notes. Crisp tangy bitter. Just felt fresh and great to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Three Goat’s Heads, Oxford. Tap, maybe nitro by the look and feel of it. Copper with a dense layer of fine white head. Leafy hops, a bit of honeysuckle, faintly citrus. A little farmy. Hop flavor runs on the farmy side as well. Very mild bitterness, a touch of bread. Clean, sort of abrupt finish. Light body, but not too thin. Pleasant, but not particularly noteworthy.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2006
aroma was def lacking, can’t really say I picked up on anythign in particular. tawny colored bitter with a white probablly nitro head. Was surprised by the flavor with the lack of aroma. actually a nice pleasently fruity taste. nothing to brag about but it was worth £1.44. medium palate. would drink again

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