Doom Bar Bitter - Sharp's Brewery

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Doom Bar Bitter
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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(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.

Photo of Tickon
2/5  rDev -42.4%

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.

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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2.92/5  rDev -15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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!

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.

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Doom Bar Bitter from Sharp's Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.