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Brewed by Butcombe (Liberation Group)
Style: Bitter
Wrington, England
Serve in English pint

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular.
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. Previously brewed at 3.9%.
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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WaddlingPlatypus (186) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2017
Pint at the Bell and Cross, Belbroughton. Rich amber in colour with a thin and fine white head. Thick aroma of bread. Slightly watery flavour, with mild bread notes and a touch of plastic. Drinkable, but only borderline passable.

2.7
Grumbo (4290) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Cask at the Forresters Arms, Colchester. Pours mid brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of light caramel and malt. Moderate sweetness with medium bitterness. Light body and thin texture. Carbonation is soft.

2.6
Camons (13520) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2017
Cask @ The Foresters Arms, Colchester. Pours dark brown with an offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, little grass. Flavor is sweet, rather light, malt, caramel, grass. Thin watery body, soft carbonation. 170217

3
john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Gravity Cask Half Pint at GBBF 2009 (Day 2), Earl’s Court, London Aug 2009 - Amber in colour. Malty; bready malts, caramel. Fruity; lightly citrus fruity, lemon. Hoppy; grassy spicy hops. Good malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweet malty with dry hoppy bitter finish. Dry throughout. Drinkable. (2009-08)

3.5
tommann (4031) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Cask at the Abraham Darby, Brierley Hill. Pours amber with a large head. Aroma is bready and tropical fruits. Taste is bready malt to start and a Huicy Fruit hop finish.

3
theprof (1376) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2016
Cask. Aroma bread and apples. Pours amber diminishing lace top. Tastes lightly of soured fruit and toast. Not unpleasant just undistinguished. But it was that or Doom bar.

3
The_Osprey (9721) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2016
Cask HP at Hamilton Hall Liverpool St as ’Butcombe Bitter’, 4.0%. This was the first cask ale I ever ordered because I found the name amusing, and on this occasion it’s the barlord who found it funny when I ordered it. Dark amber orange, translucent, still with a thick creamy diminishing head, thick lacing. Probable sparkler. Aroma is airy, sugary, bread. Body is lightish, soft carbonation, quite smooth. Taste is bready, a little woody, a touch watery, touch of resin. Twiggy. It’s the same as it ever was. Perfectly ok, drinkable and balanced, traditional, good condition. Fine.

2.8
ndburns (190) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2016
Pint on cask at Charlton Kings Club. Pours mid amber with a small white head. Malty aromas and flavour, a little sweet and a little bitter, but not a lot going on.

3.1
nybol (2442) - DENMARK - JUN 5, 2016
Cask, Brændt smag, godt humlet, virkelig tør i det. Den brændte smag brænder virkelig igennem (so to speak), den er meget gennemtrængende men ikke på en ubehagelig måde.

3.1
BeerNinjaUK (491) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2016
Pint at the Plough, Wrington. Aroma butterscotch, maltloaf and a bit appley. Deep brown colour with full frothy head.


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