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

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RATINGS: 140   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.


3.1
FCox143 (109) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2018
Cask at The Rutland Arms - not a particularly interesting brew, but perfectly palatable. Would drink again :)

2.8
Stuu666 (15536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2018
Cask at the foot of the walk. Pours clear amber, nose is floral, vegetive, light funk, taste is sweet, berries, hay, floral.

2.8
p0urmeac0ld0ne (499) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 29, 2017
Same deal as my bottled rating, not a bad brew but not really up to scratch with the worldwide beer scene, and there are far better examples in the UK too. I do not have a vendetta against Butcombe, they are absolutely not bad brewers, but there is something distinctly average about the beers of theirs that I have tried.

4
piwnysnoob (22) - Torun, POLAND - DEC 28, 2017
Casque at Greatfield pub. Nice malty aroma with coffe, bread accents and a bit fruits. Gentle short bitternes. Medium body, light malty taste with a bit stout character. Good beer.

3.1
Heidbummer (1044) - SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2017
Thin, slightly malty, clear auburn ale, a bit flat. Quenching. Fades quite quickly after a half pint.

3.4
Davros IX (611) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2017
Three pints in the Plough Inn in Wrington less than a mile from where this is brewed. This is a classic English bitter, dark with toasted malt, bitter hops, smooth mouthfeel and low abv. It is a perfect session beer and worked alongside the rather large lunch.

4
tomasz_matelski (7) - Torun, POLAND - NOV 12, 2017 does not count
Casque at Greatfield pub. Nice malty aroma with coffe, bread accents and a bit fruits. Gentle short bitternes. Medium body, light malty taste with a bit stout character. Good beer.

3.2
Brentv (686) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2017 From cask at the Bristol, England, airport. Clear amber with an off-white head. Bready aroma with a taste of caramel and toast. Balanced and easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel.

3.1
Sjohnh (1033) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2017
Decent enough to have a few in a holiday camp bar. Dark bitter with good malt flavours, nicely balanced by the English hops.

2.6
GuideDogSaint (1820) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUN 26, 2017
Draught at the Charles Holden, Colliers Wood. Pours clear mid brown with a white head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Sweet taste. Bitter finish.


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