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Doom Bar Bitter - Sharp's Brewery

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of jmckenna15
1.75/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

jmckenna15, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Tickon
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Tickon, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Trizzle
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Trizzle, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

BlackHaddock, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of JRaburn
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

JRaburn, May 05, 2012
Photo of biernack
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

biernack, Mar 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

innominat, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

jmccraney, Feb 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

needMIbeerinMD, Jul 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

ArtZan, May 05, 2014
Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -13.5%

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Drummermean
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Drummermean, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -13.5%

bostonryan, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Johnq1964
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Johnq1964, Aug 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

-jD-, Aug 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

doctorb, Aug 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

KevinRailton, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

xhuang61, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of MAB
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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!

MAB, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of fullsweep
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

fullsweep, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Malt_Man
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served cold from clear 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Medium copper colour, half an inch of white head that disappears quickly.

S) Served cold, so not getting much.

T) Pretty weak flavours. Light caramel malt, light fragrant hops. No aftertaste, which is a bad thing for beer in my opinion.

M) Moderately carbonated and fairly thin, typical of the style.

O) Not as good as I remember it from drinking previously. Will buy it again, maybe this is an off batch or drinking it cold is muting the flavours.

Malt_Man, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

StJamesGate, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of charlatan
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer which seems to have become ubiquitous in the last couple of years. Pours from 500ml bottle a dark amber colour with minimal head (or maybe that was down to a poor pour). The nose is malty, brown sugar, toffee and carrot. Tangy beer with a fruity start becoming sweeter and a rather metallic finish. Definitely malt dominated and less salty than I recall the cask version being. Not unpleasant but could do with more assertive hops.

charlatan, Jul 20, 2014
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Doom Bar Bitter from Sharp's Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.