WJ King Brighton Best

Formerly brewed at King Beer
Style: Bitter
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

This copper-coloured session bitter is packed full of flavour, particularly in the hop character. The aroma is overflowing with apricot and warm orange with a hint of caramel and peach coming through faintly. There’s some caramel and fruit from the malt and very light roast in the initial taste but this rapidly gives way to a dry, straw hoppy and slightly astringent but full flavour. The aftertaste builds and emphasises bitterness and the slightly earthy hops come through even more. If you’re looking for a hoppier bitter which still retains a good balance with the malt, this is the one for you.

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Scopey (15753) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2016
Cask at the Claret. It pours clear rich brown with a decent off-white head. The aroma is earthy, twiggy, leather, toasted nuts and light spice. The taste is bitter, earth, dirt, quite spicy, twig, mild astringency, cereal and toast with a drying finale. Medium body and fine carbonation. Good condition, but the beer is pretty underwhelming. Meh.

Rob_D_UK (1366) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 17, 2015
Pours a deep clear copper with a white head. Weak apricot aroma with a sweet taste.

fonefan (51126) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2015

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2013, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As WJ King Brighton Best ].
Clear medium to dark amber orange color with a large to huge, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, bread, nutty, caramel. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, pale malt, keller, fruity, nutty, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130814]

berkshirejohn (6660) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2015 On tap at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell as Kings Heritage Brighton Best. Amber with a loose white head; malty aroma; rather thin with a sweet malty taste with some caramel; and a biscuity finish with some light hops. A servicable malt-led bitter.

Rune (13510) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
One-third pint, gravity cask at The Great British Beer Festival 2013, day 3. Bubbly ring to the rim of the glass. Clear amber coloured body. Fruit caramel on the nose. Joint flavour profile of leafy hops and mid-sweet caramel, lightly jam impression. Plain bitter endnotes. On par with the style (London Olympia 15.08.2013).

madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
14th August 2013
GBBF Day 2. Light haze on this amber beer. No real head. Light dry palate. Little dry insipid marmalade. Dry finish. Meh!

suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Hazy amber pour. Small off white head. Some lacing. Malt aroma. Some hop note. Taste is a sweet malt with some caramel. Very good. Some tea notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ManVsBeer (10954) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
Copper with a small head. Has a bland taste but is crisp with a very mild hop aroma.

kwik-lime (2044) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
Cask at the White Rabbit in the Laines in Brighton, near the pub where the microbrewery is based. Light malt and some hop to balance with a fruity hint - decent session bitter.

SilkTork (5856) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
500ml brown bottle from off licence in Brighton. I thought I had an infected bottle, but looking through the reviews it seems other people are experiencing the same as me in both cask and bottle - bone dry, tart, low condition or flat, few pleasant flavours. One or two people report a delicate and pleasant beer, but for most the beer is slightly off. I suspect an infection in the brewery - and checking reviews for other beers, this is perhaps the case.

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