Sharps Single Brew Reserve (-2009)

Formerly brewed at Sharps (MolsonCoors)
Style: Bitter
Wadebridge, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle Conditioned; Special - brewed once a year but recipe may change from year to year.
NOTE: This beer is brewed with Hallertauer Brewers Gold hops. The recipe remained the same for the for the first three years. Subsequent years have used a different recipe. PLEASE make sure you note the year and refer to it in your reviews.

Sharps Head Brewer Stuart Howe personally brewed just one batch of this in December 2007. The beer was conditioned in the brewery for over a month and then bottled with live yeast. The live yeast gently conditions the beer over time giving it a very balanced and complex flavour profile. Bottle conditioned.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 8, 2012
bottled, rbesg08 grand tasting. strange to have a specal beer wth such low abv. anyways, amber with a slim head; floral aroma; hints of menthol and rhubarb with some underlying mustiness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2010
Tawny brown with a ruddy copper hue in the shallows and not quite bright. The yeast pack very firmly glued to the base of the bottle so no need for careful pouring. Head is beige, tight and compact, lasts and leaves a very fine lace. Boiled, caramelised apricot nose, mildly plummy and a little vinous. Weedy, stinging hop notes come through to tickle the olfactories. A touch of orange juice also. Very nice. Juicy blood oranges and apricots in the mouth, a vinous, dry and red wine-like back mixes with weedy, herbal hops. Slightly dusty mid-palate has some malt but it is mostly fruit esters all the way. Body is quite light, the swallow assertively bitter, a little hint of smoke and wood lingers with more raspy hop notes. Carbonation is low, a light tickle upfront then soft for the rest. The pleasing sweetness of fruit well balanced by the dry, bitter and mildly complex swallow. This is good stuff, not a massive ale as I expected but so easily quaffable it could pass as an outstanding Best Bitter at my local for sessions at the bar. Might cellar one away for a bit me thinks. Nice!!! (50cL, 12/02/12, Cellarbrations, Kinross)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2010
Amber body, clear but dull looking with poor head. Apricots in the aroma and the taste for me, drinkable though nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4739) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle 2009. Dark brown/bronze beer with a light head. The aroma is gently roasted, and the aroma is mildly roasted and bitter. Overall a reasonable but not too strongly flavoured a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Coxy (41) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2010
(2009) Nice hoppy aroma but with a fairly boring appearance (no head, bit too much carbonation) but a nice copper colour. Taste is hoppy and malty with a slight sweet tinge of fruit. Its well balanced palate with smooth and nicely bodied. Overall its a good beer which is easy and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (2853) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle Vintage 2009. Pours a dark brown colour with a very thin white head. Good malty and hoppy aroma with a hint of citrus. The taste is sweet malt and very smooth, with a long dry finish. A well made beer, really did like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
26th September 2008. Samepled at Beer Exposed Sharp and fruity. Dry - almost champagne dry in fact. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (12326) - Troms, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2009
Vintage 2008,bb.27.01.11, 500ml bottle condition beer bought at Utobeer and shared with Finn H. and Arild. Shiny naked surface. Deep, copper coloured body. Smell of dried fruits. Well blended taste of fresh and dried fruits. Some delicious notes of apricot. Very fine and rounded bitter endnotes. Fresh and clean mouthfeel. Medium to thin bodied (hotel room, Earls Court 01.08.2009).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (9392) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2009
bottle, vintage 2007, bought either at Darts Farm or Tuckers Maltings, Devon. Clear chestnut colour with a mid-sized off--white head. Fruity-hoppy nose. Shy but solid malty base with nice hints of fruit and a well-balanced aromatic bitterness. Hints of wood are also present, as well as berries. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (13578) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2009
RBESG 08. Brown with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with tropical fruit notes. Fruity sweet Belgian yeast-like flavour with a good and dry finish.

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