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


on tap

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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Beersiveknown (5301) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 25, 2012
Can’t believe I’ve never rated this! Pours dark brown with fluffy cream head and slightly sulphorous earthy hops and malt aroma. Clean and roudned mouthfeel of malt, some biscuit, dry hop bitterness in the finish. My benchmark bitter.

alenm (18) - Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
Slightly sulphurous nose, but this is not reflected in the taste. Some malt and hints of bitterness linger. Quite drinkable at this strength, but taste is unremarkable

JorgeLee (2194) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
Cask at the Adam. Mid copper coloured bitter. Taste has quite some malt, with a moderately bitter hop flavour and a brief finish. Nice enough session beer (which I tried, and it did work) but in the grand scheme of things dull.

BlackHaddock (7586) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2012
Sept 2009: This beer was on cask at my overnight accommodation this week, really glad I choose to stay at ’The Lamb Inn’, Iron Acton. Poured a lovely deep, dark amber, clear, wholesome and smooth looking. One of the whitest of white heads I’ve ever seen on a bitter, it was only thin, but it stayed and left some lacing as the beer level sank. I had three pints and loved each one, the hops and barley aroma was slightly sulphurus but not off-putting in any way, it just added to the bitterness that came towards the finish of each mouthful. It is a true flavoursome English Bitter and was the only beer the brewery produced for its first 18 years, they now do three others. Very moorish, which is why I had three of these and didn’t get to try the others, which were also on offer, along with Bass and Courage Bitter (all on cask!).

superflyguy (439) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2012
distinctly unimpressed. probably more to do with the condition of the beer and its service than the beer itself. scummy head on a slightly straw body. weak aroma and tasted like cold tea/cat waz! cask. white lion. clifton. bristol.

mr_h (5847) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2012
Cask by handpump at Last Post, Paisley (11 Feb 12) - lightly hopped, deep gold ale with small white head, bit of citrus, fruit, bitter finish

rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2012
Cask at Lamb&Flag, London. Golden beer, ok head. Hoppy aroma, fruity, some citrus. Grassy flavor, hops, some fruits. Hoppy and somewhat spicy finish.

jackl (8301) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pleasant ruby appearance. Light floral nose, light hops. Buttery flavor with a pretty smooth, dry finish. A totally reasonable bitter.

thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2011
A - roasted corn4 A - mid brown and frothy4 T - light sweet with hoppy bitter6 P - mid, dry and roasted4 O - decent 12

Bullit (4684) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 23, 2011
Cask @ Alloa Real Ale Festival 2011. Copper colour, bubbly off-white head. Nose is massive vegetables. Really unpleasant. Flavour is light malted, bit fruity, slight caramel malts. Dry and bitter finish.

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