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Beast Bitter - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 19
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001)
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Reviews by Bowersm:
Photo of Bowersm
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Bowersm, Jul 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is a nicely hopped ale to be sure.Somewhat light and spritzy for the style,but interesting.Real easy to drink.

oberon, Apr 15, 2002
Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice orange in color and a bit hazy with a great-looking head that left lava pits as it settled.

Smell – The citrus “fuggle” aroma is in full effect followed by some nice yeasty notes.

Taste – The bitter nature of this ale comes on very nicely. It’s not overpowering, but it eases into the role with a bit of dark, powdery spicing. The hops are delicate and mix well with the significant malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – I thought that this was the beer’s strong point. It is very creamy and smooth with a lovely bitter finish. It’s just a tad below medium-bodied.

Drinkability – Wonderful session ale. Smooth yet complex. Nice.

Comments – Big thanks to OFS for hooking me up with this East Coast beauty shop.

RoyalT, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of xgoodyx
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool as hell label. Bright copper/gold with a white head. Carbonation and lace last a good long time. Inhale the aromas of citric and earthy hops and caramelly butterscotchy malt. Get to know them. They'll be your partners for the rest of this glass.

Mmm - good firm bitterness from start to finish. Not super-highly hopped, but the hops definitely take the flavor lead throughout this brew, with citric (Cascade) and earthy (Fuggles) components. There's enough malt to balance out the hops, with a caramelly, fruity flavor characteristic of the lighter brews from MA (and of M&F malt in general in my experience). Finishes bitter, with some toffee and butterscotch in the background. Really good hop burp. This brew grows on you with exposure - the more you drink it, the more you like it. A very quaffable bottled example of a British bitter.

If you see this brew on cask, I challenge you to pull yourself away from it. Dangerous.

sponberg, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beeguy for the sample.

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Pale amber hue, good clarity and one hell of the head.

S- Peachy fruitiness with a buttery diacetyl on the side. A little toasted grain and earthy hop in the back.

T- Hops and malt are in a perfect balance. Malt sweetness if rounded by toasted grain, mild fruitiness, musty dicetyl and a woody hop.

M- Good level of crispness, very smooth with a medium carbonation.

D- Bring them on, line them up and I will put them down ... so damn tasty.

One of the best bitters in the world IMO. Middle Ages has set the standard with the Ringwood / Yorkshire Yeast and not many brewers have come even close.

Jason, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer w/o any freshness indicator. Pours light copper. White head leaving just a smidge of lace. Seems to lightly carbonated, medium body, Dry hoppy nose, perhaps a slight metalic note as well. Grainy, piney hoppyness noted up front, thin malt to the rear. Hops linger on the tongue through the finish. Slight metallic flavor note again lurks somewhere in this brew. Nothing super impressive here, but a middle of the road, passable ale.

Billolick, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, dark gold in color, minimal head, high carbonation

Smell: tropical fruits and caramel

Taste: tropical fruits, some citrus hops, and caramel

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light body, slightly sweet with a bitter end

Drinkability: I could have several of these. Super clean and surprisingly very fruity. I like this one alot for the style.

tigg924, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz amber bottle with a warning that the beast contained within is not for the faint of heart. No freshness dating.

Apearance: Poured a clear burned orange in color. Inital billowing cream-colored head, sadly, faded away into near-nothing in the blink of an eye.

Smell: Hoppy. Leafy greens. Zesty and spicy...almost peppery. A little malty sweetness noted as well.

Flavor: Make sure this warms up before you drink it. Fresh from a cold refrigerator, and this one is like fizzy, over-carbonated water. As it warmed up, the flavors started to come through. Nicely bitter on the palate. Some "iced tea" flavors show up. Dry, long-lasting finish. Strange, "cardboard-like" aftertaste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Fairly creamy. Medium-bodied. Mild puckering effect from the bitterness. Drinkable, but not one that I'd put on my "must have again" list.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into my sam adams perfect pint glass. pours a nice clear copper, bronze amber color with about a finger and a half of white head that was pretty retentive. little bits of lace here and there.

the aroma is buttery, toasted grains, and caramel malts. a tiny bit of citrus in the background.

a nicely balanced beer. caramel malts, buttery malts, some toasted grains in the begining get balanced out by a subtle touch of citrus hops. a little hop bitterness in the finish is rounded off some caramel malt.

crisp feeling. mouthfeel is light, bordering on medium. good feeling carbonation, just the right amount.

this drinks pretty well, not a bad beer to session. nothing extremely flavorful, but its pretty true to style. i would drink this again, but im prolly not going to go searching for it. if im offered i wouldnt turn it down.

dogfishandi, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Thrasher
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber, full head that recedes but does not vanish. A very tasty, crisp ale from Middle Ages that is quite subdued despite its hoppiness. There is a slight apple tartness upfront that fades into prolonged sweet caramel flavor, and lastly a dry crispness to round it off. A little bit of soap in the aftertaste. The qualities of a traditional bitter are present and built upon quite successfully with citric, lemony hops. Ends up being bolder than most bitters but a bit thinner than most American pale ales. Nice middle ground. A good beer, spritzy, not too flavorful which makes for fine session drinking.

Thrasher, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of nnthom266
4/5  rDev +2.6%

nnthom266, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
5/5  rDev +28.2%

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of johnyb
2/5  rDev -48.7%

johnyb, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a hazy copper. A big white head is rocky and quite dense. It retains itself very well and lacing is left in plenty, legs spreading from thick patches all over the glass.
The smell isn't potent until it warms. Then, it's got an IPA-like hops dosing with lots of earthiness and some malts do balance it well. There's just a slight grains presence with a little butter in there too. There's something very interesting and dare I say British in the yeast component. Some citrus rind xome out before a touch of fresher fruit sift in.
The flavor kicks with a nearly IPA-strength bitterness with lots of herbal character. There's a bit of a tart juice and a boost in balance from malts and interesting yeast notes before some rind-like bitterness flows into the finish. At that point, a bit of peppery spiciness hits the back of the tongue. This is big, complex, hoppy and balanced, quite a take on the style and much appreciated on my end.
This medium-bodied brew is crisp all the way with a moderately smooth flow. Moderate carbonation is on the level.
This is the sort of ESB that can renew or ignite one's love of the style as well as make me really appreciate different interpretations. A fantastic effort from these guys.

Brenden, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of DagFishHead
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light-amber body. Voluminous, fizzy off-white head that dissapates quickly to a wispy 1/8" capper.
Smell: Piney/oily/bitter hops, sweet malt, whiff of banana, vanilla, and butterscotch.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt start is quickly overtaken by a flowery, bitter IPA-like hop flavor at the top. Finish dries abrupty with a spicy bitter citrus aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied malt, carbonation a little fizzy, dry bitter-hop pucker at the end.
Drinkability: Classic British-style ESB. Well done.

DagFishHead, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nice welcoming amber, mostly clear with decent milky white head. Lacing is great at first and about halfway through the beer it decreases in amount. Smell is full of buttery orange, apricot, and peppery cream. A nice refreshing smell. Tastes full of yeast and bitter spice. Some pine and butter, and dry throughout the finish. Bitterness comes through sporadically throughout the finish. Body is medium and mouthfeel is smooth with dry bitter carbonation poking through here and there. Smooths out through the finish. Decent drinkability.

A quality ESB and well worth drinking.

tastybeer, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +9%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle > Dimpled mug

a nice copper color pours out looking bubbly with active yeastie bits and a well-retained off-white head that lasts through the duration.

This aroma is a classic sweet-bready malt with some roastie toast and earthy scented yeast, grassy, fresh corn, black pepper, Very nice ESB scent.

The feel is crispy with a rather sharp bite, but is light to medium feel with a smooth malt that has a classic sour-dough bread malted flavor. Grainy yeast adds a nice earthy blalance with a lasting, semi-bitter, leafy hop bite right at the end.

I enjoyed this one very much.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter copper color, little lacing, almost mildly hazy.

Smell: Pungent, though mild, if that makes sense, bitter citrus earthy hops. A bit of estery malt aromas, some fruit and citrus, but it's buried too much.

Taste: Bitterness up front, some toasted grains, some earthiness. Mildly pungent grapefruit bitterness. Lingering husky and leafy hops, though very subdued.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, good finishing spritz to the carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly solid ESB, though I'd prefer it slightly maltier. I could session a few of these, though.

asabreed, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a puffed off-white head.
Nose of buttered pears, vanilla-toffee hard candies, and drying hay.
Taste begins with a small bite of cream filled caramels, immediately swallowed by the Ringwood yeast carnivore. Lightly fruity in a dehydrated apple sort of way, with loads of buttery and woody notes Becomes quite hoppy, grassier and drier at the finish. At the very end, it is all fuel for a prairie fire. Parched stalks and leaves. Earthy too, like grapefruit peels after a week in the compost pile. Occasional pangs of metal and alcohol are noted.
Medium bodied with subdued carbonation gives this a caskesque feel. This would be beautiful served via the real deal.

cokes, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some bitter, and malt and hops and yeast. OK bitter, somehow going off in different directions, drawn and quartered. Somewhat watery mouthfeel. Not best of the line, but not bad. Carbonation instead of high hops, unusual for the line. Golden with head.

Sammy, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark orange with a thin, soft, white head that fades to a very thin lacing quickly

S - citrusy, fruity, faint caramel

T - citrusy, fruity, very faint toast, faintly piny, good bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, refreshing ESB. It has a nice estery, citrusy-hop character as well as a solid hoppy, bitter finish. The flavor isn't as full as I would like, but this definitely has a solid flavor profile and tremendous drinkability. This is definitely worth a try if you'd like something refreshing and sessionable.

tdm168, Apr 16, 2013
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Beast Bitter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.