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


on tap

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   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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joergen (29598) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Clear orange coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of hay and grass with skunky notes. Fruity flavour of caramel, grass and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

Ungstrup (38902) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2011
Cask. An amber beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma has notes of caramel and malt as well as a light note of nuts. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, as well as lighter notes of nuts and flowery hops, leading to a bitter finish.

gunnar (9921) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2011
Cask at The Hole In The Wall, Torquay. Pours cloudy amber with a tiny layer of small bubbles.Aroma of caramel and some flowery notes as well. Taste is weak bitter underneath a fine malty body, clean and dry mouthfeel.

ralphdot (1093) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
Amber colour with a thin head, malt and hop aroma, bitter with lots of hops.

jfb (6984) - GERMANY - JAN 7, 2011
(cask) clear copper colour with a very small white head. somewhat bland aroma of grass, earth, grain and a light hint of cherries. flavour is the same, slightly spicy, with a clean grainy profile and a bold herbal-hoppy finish. medium-bodied with soft to average carbonation.

KUEric (979) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2010
pours a deep dark, ruby red meets golden yellow, although yellow + red do not equal orange at all. Make sense? The aroma is next to nothing. The mouthfeel could definitely be described as smooth - although a little short and watery.

Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2010
Cask @ the "other" Royal Oak in Bath, on Pultney Rd. Bright amber with small head and lace. Brisk earthy, malty aroma. Smooth palate. Great balanced flavors. Excellent bright hop profile is herbal and bitter. Straightforward and good hoppy bitter.

kwik-lime (2116) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2010
Good bitter. Quite a rich, malty, flavour with nuts, vanilla and butter evident. Quite dry, nice session ale.

IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2010
On Cask at The Shakespeare in London. Pour was medium copper in color with a nice white head. Aroma was lightly hopped with a litle citrus and spice accompanied by just a little bready malt. The flavor was nice and bitter, but the complexity of the hops was a bit one dimensional. The malt was real light, which allowed the hops to become a bit over powering. I like hops a lot, so I still enjoyed the beer, and at 4%, I would have been able to drink many of them.

DanielBrown (4563) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2010
Hand pulled at the Dog, Warley. Amber bitter, quite boring. Opens with a strong flavour of nothing, but does close with quite a pronounced maltiness. Rather dry, but with hints of cake - perhaps shortbread. A reasonable quaffer, not exciting for me.

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