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Doom Bar Bitter - Sharp's Brewery

Doom Bar Bitter
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80
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%


Brewed by:
Sharp's Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2005)
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sleazo

New York

3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Shipwrights Arms

A_Burnt copper with a nice creamy off cream head. Nice lacing.

S__light mineral notes up front followed by a nice vegetal hop aroma

T_Solid bread like character upon first sip leading to a slow growing bitterness. Notes of grass and a copper.

M_Smooth and slightly creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation for a cask ale.

O_I have had a few of these here and I have enjoyed them quite a bit. A nice easy drinking ale with a lot of flavor.

Serving type: cask

08-04-2013 15:16:50 | More by sleazo
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jmckenna15

United Kingdom (England)

1.75/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

It had a great color of a cask ale, maroon, transparent, but not watery, decent head. I was looking forward to it, but when i drank it....it had almost no flavor whatsoever. It was watery, had no real personality, reminded me of dishwater almost. Should've gotten a Stella instead.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 22:37:51 | More by jmckenna15
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heygeebee

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From IBS. no BB

An atypical review.... In that this beer is without doubt initially has the least flavour of any beer that I have drunk recently. Light malts only on nose and on palate. However, it is also the first bitter out of a bottle that has just the right mouthfeel for a bitter a la off the hand pump.

So all in all a very mixed bag, however, you could truly drink it all night.

Jury out, go figure, in terms of a numbers review.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 08:38:59 | More by heygeebee
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FLima

Brazil

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It made 2 fingers of head that vanished quickly. Predominant malty aroma with hints of herbal hops.
Low carbonation with small bubbles.
Flavorful and refreshing taste. Sweet malt with a hint of spices and caramel. Not so bitter. Fast finish with oranges and mild dry. Good smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 12:37:29 | More by FLima
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Darkish amber red colour with a pinky sized, bubbly white head that stays consistent throughout.

A light mix of malts, toffee and bread. Not really much depth to this one but it's not offensive either.

Malts to begin with, there is a little spice in there too and a hint of caramel. There is some fruit too and a little bread. Again the taste is pretty basic and very much like a typical English bitter.

Smooth and slightly sweet with a touch of spice. The carbonation levels are medium and the finish is a slightly dry one.

A basic English bitter here and nothing to get particularly exciting about it. It was an easy drink to consume and goes down well despite being a little plain.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 20:42:36 | More by flyingpig
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL clear bottle poured into a pint glass.

I have to say, I largely agree with MAB below. Having said that . . .

A: copper-rust in colour, a bit of fizz, low amount of head and lacing

S: grainy with a moderate amount of sweetness, sourness in the nose

T: a very moderate beer in all directions, there is nothing that draws attention to this other than it's inherent mellowness, but even then there are much smoother/mellower English blonde ales

M: mildly carbonated

O: wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't seek out a bottle of it. Would like to see how the cask version varies.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 16:08:56 | More by fullsweep
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer lacks any defining characteristics. If it was pulled one way, towards bitterness, or maltiness, then it would have succeeded better than it does.
Looks like any old pale ale.
Not much aroma at all.
Sweetness VERY slightly overbalances the bitterness.
Carbonation is low; appropriate to style is the best that I can say about it.
The most average beer that I've ever rated on this site!

Serving type: cask

10-25-2011 21:20:25 | More by MAB
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stcules

Italy

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light copper colour, with a finger of white fluffy foam, creamy (as in English pump do).
In the nose affects the hop with earthy notes and orange marmalade (perhaps a bit of salty taste), and then something that reminds the redcurrants and the resin feel.
In the mouth the taste is full and sweet (perhaps too), with an earthy hops, and with hints of hazelnut and orange (always jam), perhaps too direct and sharp. In the long run is not as soft as it may seem at first sip.
The aftertaste (rather short) has hints of orange and hazelnut on a malty basis perhaps too pushy, but overall enjoyable.
In the long run could become a little heavy, so to avoid on summer days, but interesting at other times.

Serving type: cask

10-06-2011 20:02:57 | More by stcules
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Lucky Shag in Perth.

Pours a deep, slighty hazed bronze colour, with a off-which but creamy English head. Beautiful lace forms as this collapses. Looks good.

Nose is quite mild, with a touch of earthy organic English hops and some deep, hidden but relatively sweet malt and a touch of minerals. Nice enough. Mild, but nice.

Taste is also smooth and mild without ever offering much more than that. Bit of malt sweetness coming through but very minimal body and an earthy finish. Feel is exceptionally thin for what it is.

It's drinkable enough, and decent enough. Not huge, but smooth and quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 07:32:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
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soju6

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served a dark amber with a nice head and lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with fresh grain mixed in. Smells inviting.

T: Has a nice bitterness with some malt sweetness. Finish is quite dry with just a touch of bitterness.

F: Light body, smooth and refreshing.

O: Good session beer. Not overwhelming but was well worth trying.

Serving type: cask

08-04-2011 22:01:09 | More by soju6
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had in the Victoria Arms pub, Brentwood, Essex, UK recently.

Pours with a nice head, into a regular pint glass.

Smell is nice, more malty than hoppy, how a bitter should be.

Tastes perfect for a bitter, not strong, very well balanced and extremely drinkable.

This is a true british session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 16:43:09 | More by CwrwAmByth
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpump halfpint at the Volunteer.

A: Clear, dark amber body with a 1/2" head of creamy off-white foam. Nice retention and lacing. Attractive ale.

S: Piney, herbal, and aromatic, with good interplay of hops and biscuity malt. Good intensity, but also good balance.

T: Biscuity malt dominates here, with the grassy, herbal hops taking a (far) back seat. Smooth, but not as complex as the aroma promised.

M: Smooth and soft with low, understated carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This beer was on cask seemingly everywhere in London, and it's just about as boring and crowd-pleasing as that fact suggests. I wish the hops had been as prominent in the flavor as they were in the aroma, but sweetness aside this was a thoroughly decent, drinkable session beer. Worth trying.

Cheers!

Serving type: cask

06-14-2011 01:29:45 | More by woosterbill
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Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Apparently one of the most popular bitters in the uk.

Golden Amber, clear with minimal head that disappears quickly.

Nice subtle hint of brown sugar and cigar smoke. Not a lot here.

Flavour is dry up front, phenolic sweet and a touch cloying through the middle. Finishes tart and a touch sweet. Not offensive, not real real crash hot either.

Malt is thin, carb is non existent. Quite astringent.

Sweetish, thin and flat so easy to slam if you're into that. May explain it's popularity.

Serving type: cask

02-24-2011 19:01:30 | More by Trizzle
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint, dark brown mahogany colour, hazy. No head. Had a sweet wheaty smell. Some kentish or sussex hops.Tasted very slightly of cherries. Medium bitter, not too sweet. Medium mouthfull, no real fiz decent bitter to session, but not complex. Overall good.

Serving type: cask

01-26-2011 17:37:41 | More by jonb5
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rarbring

Sweden

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark hazy amber beer, an off-white head, leaving good lacing.

The smell is rather weak, mainly some grass notes, fresh and dry, from the hops.

The taste is from sweet bread, green apples accompanied by a good bitterness.

Low carbonation, soft with small bubbles, a dry finish.

Good taste and refreshing, i.e. a good beer. On-tap at The Porcupine at Charing Cross Rd.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 16:35:53 | More by rarbring
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/19/10 notes. Had on cask at The Wellington in London.

a - Pours an amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes bitter, and of caramel and bready malts.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A nice ESB I was glad I got to try. Pretty generic overall but enjoyable. Would drink again.

Serving type: cask

07-18-2010 20:02:22 | More by mdfb79
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant surprise! Poured with a small light tan to cream colored head with lots of lace. Color is a very clear medium amber. Aroma is woody, leather, hoppy, a little malt, and earthy. Flavor's similar to aroma and with richer malt plus a good malt sweetness to hop bitterness balance. Great British hop character. Very good beer. Excellent finish. Clean. Definitely a session.

Serving type: cask

01-15-2010 21:39:44 | More by drpimento
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StJamesGate

New York

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Crown, Victoria Park, London.

Pours dark orange with some white lace. Nutty nose. Apple malts with twig and tea leaf hops. Medium with some stickiness.

A plain old pint of bitter; no trouble to sip but nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 17:00:07 | More by StJamesGate
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Station Inn, Whitby... pint served at cellar temperature...

Poured a light coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to light layer... light lacing

Aroma - Light caramel malts, nice biscuity notes, fruity (oranges, apples, light figs), buttery, light nuttiness, some light fruity hops, faint rubberiness...

Taste - Nice spicy and herbal hop bitterness, light biscuity and caramel malts, grassy, some grapefruit notes, citrus fruits, light saltiness..

Feel - Quite smooth initially but with a little sharpness underneath. Light bodied. Pretty drinkable - would make a pretty good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good beer... nothing ground breaking but very drinkable... worth a try...

Serving type: cask

07-08-2009 07:58:34 | More by mdagnew
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin white head. Head thins to a wisp, but leaves lacing.

The smell is of buttered biscuit with tea leaf, slight orange. It has a pleasantly inviting aroma.

The taste is of buttered biscuit with some sweetness and a touch of herbal bitterness and slightly orange-y tartness in the finish.

It is velvety smooth and pleasant.

Serving type: cask

04-19-2009 20:28:12 | More by jwc215
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rizzo

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like the Cornish Coaster, I really enjoyed this one from Sharp's. Had this out of a gravity fed cask at the Bree Louise near Euston Station. Dark amber in colour, with plenty of resinous hop aroma and flavour. Big malt backing and full mouth feel. It being a rare sunny day in London and the beer a little warmer than an Aussie is use to, I found the 4% alcohol less drinkable than some of the other Ales I sampled.

Serving type: cask

01-15-2009 08:21:59 | More by rizzo
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Daredevil

Switzerland

4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a CAMRA beer of the year (2004) award is promising, but also raises the bar of expectations .... but this brew doesn't need to hide itself... medium bodied but fully flavored and balanced, resinous spices overshadowed by a palate of succulent dried figs and mangos ... great cornish ale ....

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2008 22:33:16 | More by Daredevil
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can't get my head round this bitter. I have now tried it in three different pubs and it hasn't got any better than when I first had it.

This last pint (well I had 2 actually) was pulled at a remote Shropshire pub on my way to The Seven Valley Railway CAMRA beerfestival.

True amber in colour, with a good white head, the beer looks fine.

The aroma to me has always been caramel and hops, these two pints were no change.

The beer just doesn't taste right to me, too sweet, especially in the aftertaste. it has an almost sickly smooth feel to it, very strange for an English bitter.

Serving type: cask

09-17-2007 14:40:11 | More by BlackHaddock
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer alongside Sharp's Cornish Coaster at the Pakenham Arms pub on Calthorpe St., London.

A: light amber hued, with great clarity, a nice thin foamy head leaving very tight lacing along the way. Very low carbonated.
S: lightly apple-ish aromatic and earthy hoppyness with a touch of hay, in fact the nose is blocked by the hoppy entry and couldn't pick up any assertive maltiness. But the pronounced hoppyness is kept to a simplistic level and not overdone.
T: citrusy hoppyness (lemon peel) on the palate, on top of slightly biscuity malts--more citrusy+tannic characters to follow, like orange seeds, with a vinous touch as well, leading to an herbal hoppyness in the good lingering deep bitter finish.
M&D: light-bodied and very lively-textured. It's a easy-drinking standard bitter that is not to excite but to quench one's thirst. Good quality though.

Serving type: cask

11-24-2005 16:30:14 | More by wl0307
Doom Bar Bitter from Sharp's Brewery
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