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T.J.'s Best Bitter - Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 9
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Broad Ripple Brew Pub
Indiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Bitter | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerk on 03-12-2004

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 9
Reviews by zerk:
Photo of zerk
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to find this beer on cask at the brewpub, and got a pint and a growler. The beer is a clear light copper with a soapy white head. Aroma is a mix of toasted malt, bread, and some earthy and fruity notes. Flavor begins slightly sweet, with bread and buscuit notes. Has a light fruitiness to it... passion fruit comes to mind... then finishes with a light herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is low, as would be expected. This is a style that can be difficult to find... and it can be even more difficult to find a good beer in the style. This is a top notch example of a british bitter... it left my mouth watering for more.

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Photo of heliosphann
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Broad Ripple Brew Pub. Served in a Nonic Pint glass.

A: Finger and a half of heavily pitted white foam. Copperish pour. Decent lacing.

S: Very light malts. Breadiness and faint hops. Not much here...

T: Carmel malts and some toffee flavors. Light earthy hops and a small amount of bitterness. Overall the flavor is very bland and subdued. I even let it warm up to room temp and no change.

M: Light bodied. Creamy and smooth off the cask.

D: At 5.3 ABV, this beer is easily sessionable. I personally wouldn't however, as I had trouble finishing a single pint.

Average at best and very forgettable. For me, BRBP beers are very hit and miss, and Traveling John's Best Bitter was a brew I won't be revisiting.

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Photo of shbobdb
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap.

This beer is amazing.


Holy crap.

So, first off, when I burped after drinking this beer, I could feel the carbonation bild in my stomach. This is a cask ale! What the heck?

But, I mean, what can be said about perfection? The beer has a head that linger forever, a body that is full and rich . . . and the taste, wow. It is like I am drinking the finest pilsner when I am drinking this ale. Wow. I never thought ales could really give lagers a run for their money, but damn.

This beer is simply outstanding. It is hard to describe, toffee and earthy bitter hops mingled with a little bit of fruity ale yeast. I'm not sure what is so awesome about this beer, but damn.

It is easily amongst the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, lighter copper color. Hints of orange as well. Thin white head disappears quick. Floral and citrusy hop aroma. Slight biscuity malt, followed by some citrusy hop flavor. Fair amount of bitterness. Low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Very, very easy to drink. Maybe a bit to citrusy for a bitter, but this was pretty good stuff on cask.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light orange-copper, with a white head that fades quickly.

Smell is floral, fruity, with mild hops aroma.

Flavor is malty, with fruity flavors, and very light hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with low carbonation.

Very drinkable. This, like their Lawnmower pale, allows BRBP to cater to macro-drinkers as well as hard-core beer geeks. Not my first choice there, but a very decent beer.

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Photo of JamesS
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an excellent mid-deep copper with excellent head and very nice lacing. Good sweet aromas with very nice citrus and floral aromas over two row malts and a slight caramelness. Great taste, with a wonderful cutris sweet maltiness and a great floral hop finish. Creamy and smooth drinking with a great easy finish.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on cask at the Broad Ripple Brew Pub

Smell, toffee and noble hops. Yum.

Taste, the hops strike first. Great floral bouquet followed by a delicate malt balance. Balanced to a "t". Some toffee flavors, but I just love the dance of the malt and hops in this one.

Overall, a wonderful and truly great session beer. Thank you sir may I have another.

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Photo of thatdavegy
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Sephiroth
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly too cold in an imperial pint. Creamy looking head, the body is hazy orange. Smell is mild, light caramel, fruity malt, and floral hops.

Taste is excellent, some malty fruitiness with a clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Great drinkability.

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T.J.'s Best Bitter from Broad Ripple Brew Pub
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