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

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   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


JCB's rating

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Cask pint at the Chandos, London. Gorgeous appearance, a bright light orange with a thin, filmy head. Nose is soft and dry but with a hint of fruitiness that transforms unexpectedly into a mild tartness in the taste. Earthy and satisfying.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
s_hartshorne (1534) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Keg bath hotel dewsbury. Golden decent head. Aroma is malts. Taste is malts some caramel light hop bitters body bit thin. Not great.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
agent_persik (418) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 10, 2014
Clean golden color, small white creamy head. Light malty aroma. Dry bitter taste with malt, caramel and hops. Thin body and soft carbonation. Simple smooth bitter, drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
2nd June 2014
Cittie Of Yorke. Keg. Almost clear gold beer, small white head. Palate is light and crisp. Light malts. Mellow bitter hops, touch of ripe fruits but mostly just mild bitterness. Light finish. If you were blindfold you would likely think this a brown bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2014
Keg Cittie Of Yorke London 27/05/14. An old fashioned keg bitter. Light gold with a white head and lace. Creamy and malty. Not much going on. Low hopping. Not got the nastiness of for example John Smith’s Smooth but it’s very simple.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rossbear (18) - Wendover, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Pint in the Lyceum Tavern (The Strand). Pronounced maltyness, restrained bitterness and fairly sweet. Overall not bad for a 'smooth' bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1431) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
Keg at Shirebrook BRSA Club - Amber body, ridiculously thick head that masked all the early aromas. Overly chilled, but came through with some maltiness and caramel bits. Very drinkable, and surprisingly not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2716) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2013
On tap @ the Cramond Inn. Pours golden to amber with a decent head. The nose has honey and hay. The taste has honey and cornflakes then citrus. Predominantly malty in body and texture. Medium bodied well balanced with a good texture and finish. Overall nice bitter on the light end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4263) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2013
Cask@Swan and Three Signets, Durham. Golden beer with a strong white head. The aroma is yeasty and bitter, and the flavour is bitter with yeasty and roasted qualities. Overall a reasonable but basic bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
imdownthepub (10517) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
Keg at The Three Goats Heads, Oxford. Amber with fizzed head. Sweet, malty thin beer with a wet cardboard flavour. Served over cold which delays aroma and flavours coming through. Probably a good thing.


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