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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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The "public house" or pub in Britain often has ties with one particular brewery, meaning the pub would carry only that brewery’s beers (often the brewery would own the pub or stock in it). There are still some independent pubs remaining called "free house" pubs where you will find beers from many breweries and they may even brew some of their own beers. "Standard" or "ordinary" bitter is a beer style brewed for session drinking. It is a slight bodied beer that still offers distinct hop flavor and fruity tones from a traditional British brewing yeast.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a very clear golden copper amber color with about half an inch of light cream colored foam. Little head retention , but somehow somewhat decent lacing. Lighty hoppy aroma with a little bit of bready malt behind that. Mild but interesting flavor – with toasted malt winning our over a very light caramel and cereal grain and just a touch of wheat bread flavor. Mild herbal hopping. Body on the light side but very smooth and clean. Decent enough beer, but not as good as Town Hall’s regular pub ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
On-cask at the brewpub: Semi clear with a bronzed gold hue. Milky smooth off-white cap of normal consistantcy from the cask sits about a pinky high and hardly moves from that point on into the well o fthe glass through consumption. Laces lightly but decoratively in broken patterns of close spotting. Aroma is fairly light but clean with a simple yet inviting all grain malting giving off light breads and oat based cereal with slivers of fruityness and caramel. Taste is about the same as what the smell eludes to as it begins very light and nearly non-existant at the front with a barely there, simple, fruityness. Holds for a stint. Some baked cookie dough of oatmeal and corn make an entrance then turns more to an all-grain/whole grain feel and taste as it begins to turn into the finish. And this is where it pulls together nicely. Very interesting whole grain tastes with oats, dark wheat, dark flour, baked cookie dough, and very light vanilla and a smidgeon of corn husks. Hops are light and fruity with perhaps a touch of grassy herbalness adding to some of the grain aspects. Feel is clean, fairly light bodied with a simpleness to it. The cask pull did add a bit of noticeable girth in the warmth, texture, and smoothness then what I think would be from the tap. Which was a good thing here, as it seemed pretty light bodied. A simple 4% drinker of a better then average bitter that seemed more grainy then hoppy. About right for the style I guess. Not a bad thing really, just nothing to get extremely excited about. I quickly returned to the Fresh Hop Ale after this pint was had.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Light Copper Coloring with White Skin. Light on the Aroma. Watery Mouthfeel. Light Subtle with a Dry Wheat Flavor and Aftertaste. Not Bad, but Wouldn’t be My Choice for a Session Beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Clear gold, no head. Sugary nose, some pale fruit. Flavor is sweet and cidery, a bit biscuity, somewhat off. Needs more carbonation.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2005
One of the worst beers ever from a great Brewpub. Corn aroma, and an awful corn and chemical flavor. It looks a lot better than it really is, with a very creamy white head as if it were cask poured (it was not). No character of a bitter at all. If this wasn’t on tap at the brewpub, I might think it was spoiled. As is, there is no excuse. And it isn’t like these guys don’t know how to make a bitter. Unacceptable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Wonderful, fruity aroma with subtle hops in the nose. Crystal clear body with no visible carbonation and an attractive, tight-bubble, cask-like head. Head is lasting, but does not spawn much lace. Outstanding initial mouthfeel, with cask-like subtlety, but this is not a cask beer. Oddly enough, as it warms, it loses some flavor and becomes less interesting. A little too dull, but actually quite flavorful for a 4% ABV beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Dark gold color with a full head. Excessively bitter and hoppy aroma. The taste is quite bitter and more like a hopped up American Pale Ale than a Mild or Bitter. Not enough malt base to balance it. This is supposed to be a copy of Timothy Taylor Landlord, but I’m not so sure about that...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Named for non-tied, independent British pubs and the mild ales that are the focus of their cultural life. Could be an ESB, but far too mild in hops for that, so I went with this designation. (Edit: the above written before consumption from the growler, after having a 2 oz. sample at the bar.) Clear, light amber appearance, adequate head, very active, but slowly disappearing. Citric aroma, happy hoppiness, honey-sweet, floral, very pleasant. Taste: hoppy, citric bite at the front that rides along the palate and slips off nonchalantly. Very light in body, almost thin, but consistently flavorful, there’s a more generous hop activity going on that I remember from the small sample I had while at the pub. Lemn and lime, skates all over the tongue with a keen, contained bitterness. I’ve had mild ales before that have disappointed me, but they were far too thin or flavorless, or lacked entirely in mouthfeel or finish. This is amazingly good. Now, I wish I knew more about it, the hops used, etcetera... With the low alcohol, and the terrific hop presence, tangible texture, ...this is quite an excellent accomplishment. You could just drink a ton of these, and be happy all night long!


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