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Special Bitter - Red Car Brewery and Restaurant

Special Bitter
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5 Ratings
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Ratings: 5
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 11.94%


Brewed by:
Red Car Brewery and Restaurant visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 04-01-2005)
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red Car Brewery in Torrance, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 04:54:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DoubleJ

California

3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It excited me to see a special bitter in the US. Served on-tap at the brewpub itself, on to the beer:

It looks fine with a half-inch head on top a light orange/copper color. It smells fine as well, with very dry English malt, floral notes, and a kiss of butterscotch. The taste is where it dives into mediocrity. Technically, the flavor is fine too; dry biscuit, floral, pleasant diacetyl, slight fruitiness. But damn, it's so bitter, and too dry to me! Even the Sahara isn't this dry. Too happy with the brewing salts perhaps? it's a light bodied beer and very dry.

If it weren't so dry, this could be a yummy pint that I would order again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 03:04:35 | More by DoubleJ
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Floydster

California

2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the brewpub tonight, color is a medium brown with red edges, one inch bubbly off white head, some lacing at first but minimal later on and weak retention, aroma has toasted caramel, other malts, bread, grass, and grains, starts off rather with toasted bready flavors, yeast abd more chewiness in the middle, toasted malts in the finish as well, pretty much just biscuit malt that was overly toasted and overpowered everything else, minimal citrus or other kinds of malt coming through, dry and chewy mouthfeel, thin bodied, way too much carbonation, taste does not last long, goes down easy, not much substance, fairly smooth but either too chewy or watery at any given time, smooth and light overall, would not drink again, not recommended

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 03:45:31 | More by Floydster
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Deli99

California

3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz glass from the tap. Poured a reddish brown with only a thin head, that laced well. Well balanced aroma. Mouthfeel was typical of an ESB - smooth with little carbonation. The taste was OK, but not great. Could be a good session beer, but not at the top of the ESB charts.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2005 22:07:07 | More by Deli99
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rowew

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of ESBs, so I was excited to see this as their specialty brew when I stopped in. The beer poured a dark reddish color, with a thin head but great lacing. Aroma was well balanced, tipping just a little bit towards hops. Taste wasn't quite what I would have hoped - it was high on the bitterness, but didn't have much hop flavor to go along with the bitter. Malt backbone was nice, but I would have like to see a bit more hops come through in the flavor instead of just the bitterness.

Still a nice drinkable beer, but not one of my favorite ESBs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2005 22:08:40 | More by rowew
Special Bitter from Red Car Brewery and Restaurant
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