RCH Pitchfork

Formerly brewed at RCH
Style: Bitter
Weston-super-Mare, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
The name comes from the Pitchfork rebellion of 1685 the last battle to be fought on English soil of the Civil War. A golden bitter with floral citric hop aroma. It has a hoppy predominate taste which is slightly sweet and fruity and leaves you wanting more.
Pitchfork was judged to be the Best Bitter of the Year in 1998 at the Great British Beer Festival and has been a finalist in the last three years.
Pale malt; Fuggles and Goldings hops.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle - Very sour aroma, almost like a gueze. Sweet fruit flavors on a nice malt backbone. Very bitter finish. Nice tasting beer...quite complex.

Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 29, 2017
From Jun 2008 Purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Ft Collins, Colorado. It pours a clear gold with a huge head of billowy foam. Excellent head retention for the entire session and there is plenty of lacing. The smell is a nice mix of caramel malt and some fruity notes. Overall, the nose is telling me that this one is going to be on the sweet side with not much of a hop presence. Being an English Bitter, I hope that's what it turns out to be. The taste turns out as I hoped. Some sweetish tones kick things off followed closely by a nice fresh fruity flavour that soon dominates. The hops are there, of course, but assuming that they're the Goldings, they give this Bitter just a wee touch of citrus just before and through the finish and add the necessary amount of "bitterness" to balance the malt. Well done, me thinks, as I'm finding this 4.3%abv example of the style *very* easy to drink and it's not just because it's low in alcohol; this is a tasty son of a gun and that will stand, for me, on its own. I have no clue as to the age of this bottle, other than I notice some haziness with the second pour and some....floaties. Ok. Another brew from the UK that, obviously, isn't in its peak condition and I guess I'm getting used to that by now. That's a pity because even though I *know* that it's well past its optimum state...I still find it tasty and very drinkable. A fresh sample would probably make me really go gaga..

Andrew_reese (7) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - NOV 19, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2017 One of my favorite draft beers from the Royal Clarence Hotel. Remember Dave the brewer and landlord and his mum back in the 90’s. Great beer.

Davros IX (577) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2017
Cask. An overriding yeast aroma and taste from the pint, but I think it was coming to the end of the barrel. Some hops, some malt, but overall not great.

mr_h (6059) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2017
Cask, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled at Bon Accord, North Street, Glasgow on 8 Feb 2017, very weak grain aroma, straw with a thin off-white head and thick lacing, fruity, mellow traditional hop flavour, creamy, sweet.

Shag (3059) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2017
A dark golden color with a large white head. Aroma contains some caramel, citrus, and bready notes. The flavor is slightly bitter with a definite malt presence. Some caramel, roasted nuts, and citrus. A buttery mouthfeel to it. Overall a pretty good session beer.

saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2017
Cask @ Murderers, Norwich. Small head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are fruits, flowers, malt and hops. Bitter finish.

Camons (13497) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2017
Cask @ Gardeners Arms, Norwich. Pours golden with an offwhite head. Aroma of malt, flowers, light sweet fruit, apples. Flavor is light sweet, malt, flowers, fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation, light bitter finish. 180217

Rasmus40 (22130) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2017
Cask @ Gardeners Arms, Norwich. Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and apples. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 180217

john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Mar 2009 - Amber in colour. Fruity; citrus-orange. Hoppy; grassy & earthy hops. Malty base; buttery caramel. Moderately bitter citrus-fruity throughout. (2009-03)

Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Cask at cloisters. Pours clear golden, nose is floral, toffee, light citrus, taste is sweet, lemon, chewy toffee, floral.

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