HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
Poured a deep amber with minor off white head that diminished into fleeting lace. Caramel sweet maltynish inhabits my nostrils upon insertion. A little peanut brittle too...The palate is exquisitely hopped as the bitterness coats my tongue and plants the seed for me to take another swig. Doesn’t have a dry hopped flavour, owing to the style I guess, but hops are sure there in spades and complemented finely with the English-tasting malt . Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
cloudy light amber colour. huge light brown frothy head (looked like an icecream cone). bursting with citric hoppy aroma. strong bitter grapefruit hop taste that lingers on. great lace. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bowen Island Special Bitter (Bottle):
Pours a dark copper with a medium off white foamy head that keeps it’s shape well with modest lacing.
Aroma was appetizing. Sweet caramel with a fruity hop smell.
Flavour starts great, nice understated earthy malt sweetness being overtaken by a growing bitterness. The finish was a bit flat for me with a lingering sourness.
Very enjoyable, excellent Canadian Bitter. jonas (7571) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle. Light chestnut eggshell, big foamy head, big bubbles. Nutty, light roasty and fruity malt, good kick of green hops, bitter/dry finish. Medium to light body, good chewyness. IPAish bitter. Lagerboy (2206) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
473 ml can rebranded(?) as Snug Cove ESB. Clear medium copper, fine lasting tan foam. Light roast caramel malt aroma. Taste is sweet deeper toasted caramel malt nicely balanced with earthy dirtier hops. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. One of KB’s better efforts. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)
CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a thin, white head and a copper body. Fairly hoppy nose is the prelude to an honest Canadian bitter. I am surprised that this was done by Big Rock - but on the shores of the Pacific, hey why not! Very good! Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Clear, dark brown, foamy white head. Aroma of whole wheat toast and molasses. Dry, earthy flavor at first, with some toasty and molasses notes, as well. Woodsy hot flavor at the finish. Thanks to Oakes for the trade! Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2007
As a previous reviewer noted, this beer has been "somewhat forgotten," and often languishes on shelves. However, the Bowen Island Bitter happens to be one of the better bottled BC brews. The roasted malt flavors are reminiscent of toasted dandelion root. It’s a balanced beer with a decent body. The mouthfeel is soft. Best served not too cold. MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
This pours with a frothy tan, fast vanishing head of perhaps two fingers thickness, and a DARK copper body. The aroma is malt, moderately so. The taste was much the same, again with the malt. Mouthfeel and aftertaste were...nondescript. jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
Bottle by way of Parliament ;) Dark amber, not much head but some very nice lacing on the glass. Body is on the light side but I wouldn not go so far as to call it thin. Fruit and hops in the aroma foreshadow a well balanced bitternes in the flavour. First Ontarian to rate this it seems. Not a bad beer.