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Brewed by Butcombe
Style: Bitter
Wrington, England
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered
Butcombe Bitter was the brewery’s only beer until 1998, and only available in cask until 2009 when it was made available in the bottle to take advantage of increased sales after winning the Silver Medal at the 2009 Great British Beer Festival. Name change from Bitter to Original had occurred by 2017.
Ingredients: Mendip Spring Water; 100% best Maris Otter Malt; a blend of (never divulged) traditional English hop varieties.
The West Country’s favourite beer is notably bitter, clean tasting, refreshingly dry, distinctive, and moreish!

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4.5
Mowers69 (6) - - JUN 10, 2017 does not count
Lovelyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy one of my favourites from this or any other brewer. Also do some other beauties ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
Mulldog (13) - Rochdale, Lancashire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle from Tesco in Bishop’s Cleeve. Nice cough drop type flavour and very palatable too boot. Lovely aromas and a thoroughly tasty beer.

4.2
AtronSeige (1688) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 8, 2015
Aroma: Medium hops, floral, geranium. Appearance: Clear, amber body. Medium tan head. Fair retention. Lacing. Flavour: Medium bitterness, medium sweetness. Medium hops, floral, earthy. Medium malt, caramel. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. Overall: Very nice. Balanced and easy drinking. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre. 8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter

3.8
johndoughty (5521) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle. Golden and clear with a small head.Lovely maltiness with a medium body. Very pleasant. No doubt about it this is a classy bitter.

3.8
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Appearance: Clear copper with 2 finger ivory thick head. Aroma: Nutty, chocolate malt, biscuit, grassy/hay and pepper. Taste: Medium sourness and bitterness, low/medium bitterness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering astringent, peppery malty finish with subtle marmalade notes. Comments: Very good and glass lace.

3.7
Martin243 (1214) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2012
500ml bottle bought at morrisons, served cool. Orange with a thin offwhite head. Orangey aroma, piney flavour with some citrus and some some bitterness: I can’t put my finger on it, but what I expected would be a bog standard English bitter, is actually quite delicious, and I’m suprised at how much I’m enjoying it. Might be personal preference, might be a beer beacon in the myriad of 4-5% English bitters out there. Try it yourself.

3.7
mike_77 (7011) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2012
Light brown colour. Flavour has a big, round malt flavour with light sweetness. Nice dry finish where complex but not dominant hops come through.

3.7
mrol (340) - - JUN 25, 2015
Dark amber colour. Flavour has a big malt flavour with a bit of sweetness. Nice dry finish

3.7
nephirem (598) - CROATIA - JUN 12, 2017
Bottle, 0.5l. Clear deep copper pour with one finger off-white head. Lasting thin layer, good lacing. Nose pretty much usual for the style, malty with good hop character and some grassy notes. Medium body, softly carbonated. Thick texture, really nice and smooth. Mildly bitter taste with good malt sweetness in the background. Usual aroma, nothing exceptional but nicely balanced and refreshing. Notes of caramel, grainy. Touch of wood in the mouthfeel. Solid hop presence, grassy, some honey notes. Finishes dry with mild bitterness lingering on. Overall, enjoyable and well executed bitter.


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