Brewed by Wye Valley
Style: Bitter
Bromyard, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
’Butty Bach’ is Welsh for ’little friend’. This full-bodied, smooth and satisfying premium ale is burnished gold in colour, and certainly has made a few friends in its time.
We brew it using Maris Otter and Crystal malts, flaked barley, malted wheat, and locally grown Fuggles, Goldings and Bramling Cross hops. With such fine ingredients, no wonder it remains a firm favourite among our followers.

SarkyNorthener's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (3346) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle conditioned, Orange gold colour with medium head. Slightly sweet aroma. Taste is sweet malts a little bread. Smooth on the palate. I used to drink this a lot on cask and I remember it tasting better, maybe my tastes have changed in the last 5 years plus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (969) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2015
Cask at The Post Office Vaults, Burslem. A clear deep golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, butter, some bread, slight lemon and subtle floral hops. Taste of caramel, butter, some lemon, maybe orange and subtle floral hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A buttery, floral hop bitterness in the finish. An OK session ale but I can’t get past the butteriness of it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cimbasso (491) - - NOV 3, 2015
Sampled from a 50cl bottle from the brewery. Copper/Orange colour with light carbonation. Bread-like aroma and a taste dominated by caramel with notes of red fruits. Not much hop bitterness. Quite a delicate, sweet taste, but a little bland and watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (5335) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 4, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear orangey, pale golden colour with average, thick, creamy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Strawy, minimally grainy aroma, hoppy overtones with a touch of gooseberry. Taste is minimally sweet, pale malty, hoppy overtones with hints of gooseberry. Unspectacular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ashleywakeling (3) - Swansea, WALES - JUL 16, 2015 does not count
Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Locals seem obsessed with this desperately average ale. When working in a pub local to the Wye Valley, complaints went up if this was not available on tap, It’s actually funny! Pours light brown golden with slight fizz, overpowering caramel flavours with off-bread notes. Light body with oily texture and a soft carbonation. Overall "little friend" (in English) is anything but, and Wye Valley offer so many better ales in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blueden (31) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Just spent several days in Ross on Wye and this was available from hand pump in the nearest pub. Really enjoyed it and can’t see why it has so many negative reviews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
canddw (64) - - JUL 4, 2015
Light amber pint with slight head and medium carbonation light lemon, lime, dust nose. Light taste of lemon, forest fruits, no finish, no bitterness, a bit watery. Not much to offer, but smooth palate and refreshing in the summer.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
at_the_hop (69) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle - had draft which is much better. This smells bready and tastes buttery. Not much more to add. Serviceable but mediocre.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrBlueSky93 (504) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s Pours copper, with a single finger white head. Carbonation medium to high. Aroma of malts, light hops, orange, grass. Taste of initial malts, orange, smokiness, then some grass, honey, woodiness and light hops to finish. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dchad56 (208) - - MAY 29, 2015
Cask Ross. Not much aroma. Poured golden colour after settling with nice half inch white head - smooth no carbonation. Very good on tongue. Reasonable taste - ok bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (914) - - MAY 23, 2015
Wonderful name. Loving that. In many ways. Mild aroma. Caramel tasting. Could drink this one all night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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