Butty Bach - Wye Valley Brewery

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 02-18-2003

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Reviews by dwarbi:
Photo of dwarbi
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very foamy, perfectly white head. It does not fade much at all. Very solid lacing. The beer is dark red. the beer smells a little sour, but good. Likewise, the beer tastes sour, but good. Very pleasant mouthfeel. This is a good beer, but one is definitely enough.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light dull goleden with a big fluffy two finger head that leaves only a trace amount of lace as it settles into a creamy/frothy top,very light aromas some herbal,geranium-like hop but as I said light with a touch of mineral.Nice creamy mouthfeel but the flavors are pretty dull a little sweetness finishing with some herbalness but its faint."The friendly pint" says the label,well I can think of much more friendly pints but this is ok for what it is a sociable English ale.

Photo of sponberg
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright gold, with a fine white head. An aroma of bready malt with hints of hops attracts your nose. Don't inhale, you'll drown.

Such a subtle, subtle beer - the tea-like malt character hides a gentle, underlying Goldings hop presence that is SO worth looking for. The hoppiness and bitterness increase at the end of the sip. Almost unbelievably drinkable - light to moderate body, almost perfectly constructed as a session beer. It tastes much more like an ordinary bitter than a pale ale IMO - the hops are not at all strong enough for an English pale ale, although the finish almost gets it there. Not huge, not a beer that grabs you by the tongue and slaps you around - just a brew that keeps your taste buds happy in a quiet way.

Note: I first tried this and got very little out of it. Then I had a bottle of Tank Dirty Blonde Lager (lost a bet), which has NO hops whatsoever. Then I had a second pint - and it revealed all of its flavor nuances so nicely.

Photo of Hagbard
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark honey color. This ale is bottle conditioned, so the yeast sediment clouds the beer as the light tries to go through it. A large fluffy tan head forms, that continually grows as the pint was poured. As the beer sat, a valcano effect formed in the center of the head. The smell reminds me of the bottles of St. Pauli Girl I used to walk out to my Dad while he was working outside. This is odd, because they are completely different styles. I also detect a light floral aroma in the background. The taste begins with a spicy hop bitterness and ends with a softened floral hops presence. The aftertaste is pleasant bitterness. This ale is not particularly challenging or complex, with a general bitterness being the predominent flavor. Especially for the Pale Ale style, I would prefer a slightly stronger malt presence to balance the bitterness a little. However, with a low ABV it is a smooth, easy drinking session ale. It is, indeed, a friendly pint.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Small white develops with mininal retention and trace amount of lace.
Aromas of pale malt, grass and floral hops are most notable.
Flavor starts with some light malt, quickly moves to a very spicy, dry, floral-hop finish.
Mouthfeel was typical for style, if just a tad thin.
Very astringent taste as the bitterness really overpowers the malt a wee bit too much. Somewhat unbalanced beer in my opinion.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pulled into a pint sleeve at the 'Wrekin Inn' Wellington, Shropshire on 20 Aug 2011.

Strange orange hue to the beer, slightly off-white head on top, some lacing as the beer level sank.

Malty molasses in the aroma, floral hops adding to the smells as the beer warmed in the glass.

The beer tastes good, malts at first, brown bread type flavours, then the hops kick in more and the finish is quiet bitter (from the hops).

All in all a very pleasant brew, it is often available in the pubs around me, so I see and have it on a regular basis, never bothered to review it before though.

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light marmalade orange in colour.
Floral hops aroma with a hint of honey.
Hoppy bitterness. Good balance and some of that honey again.
Nice carbonation from a bottle conditioned ale.
OK but not particularly inspiring.

Photo of Tsotsi
1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Have tried this on 3 separate occasions (bottled); in a word 'awful slops'. Cloudy with dregs remaining at the bottom of the bottle (bottle conditioned?), flat; e-mailed brewery, no reply, no response. Once bitten 3 times shy!

Photo of marc77
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale acopper. Thin, soapy cream white head leaves frothy lace. Nutty pale malt, light caramel and mellow figgy esters. Subdued floral hop nose with a sweet woody twang. Trace banana esters. Quite tame in aroma, even at cellar temps and above. Grainy biscuit upfront leads into a combination of burnt caramel and slight tannic bitterness. Sweetness is mostly toffeeish, save a date - like twang. Moderately bittered, but slightly astringent due to the mild, but obtrusive tannins. Gentle butterscotch note softens the palate and complements the apparent Carastan and pale malt backbone. Wilted, old flower like Goldings hop flavor. Lightly bodied, with a initially prickly, carbonic mouthfeel that settles into a static, lanky and passably viscous one. Finishes dry, with fading notes of fibrous biscuit. A but rough around the edges and not as soft on the palate as I would've liked. Worth trying a pint, but not much more.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a funny looking body a bit orange, a bit yellow, a bit like a barley sugar with a big white foamy head that shrinks quickly to a 3/4 surface cloud.

Nice full on hoppy aroma big floral notes and dockers arm pits.

Real tangy taste real citrus hits in there, quite tart, a bit sherbet like but not really sweet finishing on a slightly downplayed hop aftertaste but still a mighty fine tongue road trip.

Mouthfeel I must admit does seem a bit thin for a cruiser weight beer but solid carbonation.

A decent enough tangy treat.

Photo of mdagnew
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's..

Poured a pale golden yellow colour with some sediment floating around... Slightly off white head poured pretty thick and foamy then faded quickly to almost nothing... quite a lot of carbonation rushed to the surface...no real lacing...

Aroma - Quite hard to make anything out... some decent juicy fruitiness (oranges, some strawberries, some pears), some light pale malts, salty / metallic hints, light honey sweetness, faint rubberiness, light floral hops, some grassiness...

Taste – Very light fruits (grapefruits, apples, bitter oranges), quite strong sulphur / metallic notes, sea saltiness, light malts, some bready hints, quite strong grassy hops, no real sweetness - maybe just the faintest notes of honey coming through, some light creamy notes...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body... Pretty refreshing and drinkable... a decent session beer..

Overall - A very average pale ale - lacking in depth... Maybe worth a try once..

Photo of jdhilt
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy/malty nose. Medium-strong carbonation and light-medium bodied. Mild hoppy flavor, hints of sweetness in background but not much, slight hoppy/metallic after taste. $4.20 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at RFD's. Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear honey colored liquid with a frothy white head. The head vanishes to a nice film of bubbles after a minute or so. Small specks of lace were left at the top of the glass.

Smell: Subtle hop profile composed of herbal and floral scents. Nice malt backing. I also caught some citrusy aromas as well. The description said that Goldings hops were used.

Taste: Sweet palt malt at first, then the hops walk up and say, "How do you do, old chap?" Hop flavors are largely grassy, slightly piney. Ouite nice. There's a little bitterness on the finish and some lingering banana esters as well.

Mouthfeel: Very light in body, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: The descriptive blurb about this beer said it's a great session beer, and that's no lie. I can see why this won some awards. Went pretty great with the white pizza I had for dinner.

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild pale malt scent with some dry fruitiness. There is a slight citrus hop aroma as well. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth and creamy pale malt flavor with some citrus hop bitterness and a fruity yeast finish. It has a pretty good taste, but it's nothing to rave about. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking English pale. It's not a great beer, but it goes down smooth.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my notes. Served from a cask into my Uprising Chalice. It has a very clear rusty orange color with a white foam head. There is very little lacing and no visible carbonation rising within the glass. It has a warm hop aroma. It smells musty, like it has been in this cask for a while--just like a UK real ale should. It has a mild hop flavor with a slight hop aftertaste. It's just what I expected when I ordered this beer. It has a light body and very little mouthcoating. There is a slight tinge of carbonation. This is a really great feeling, considering the style. I find this beer to be incredibly drinkable. The low ABV means you could enjoy pint after pint. The flavor is mild enough that it never gets old.

Photo of garcia2a
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this tasty on a recent trip to the UK. Pours a nice golden tone, with ample whilte foamy head and gregarious carbonation.

There is a nice lite earthy malt nose with hints of fruit and justa tinge of dried corn. This tanslated well to the tast as the light fruit and malt came across nicely, making this one of the most refreshing real ales that I have ever had.

The body is slightly lighter than I would have expected for the style, but again, that left this a very drinkable tasty. My beer cloyed a bit, but not to the point where it interfered with my enjoyment.

Photo of putnam
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt orange ...it strains to establish a head.through the murky-looking liquid. In the end, what foam remains is very crusty and tacky as it leaves a trail all the way down the glass.
The aromas suggest buttered, broiled whole wheat toast and braised lumber. The texture is remarkably chewy, featuring glycerine-rich, viscous cascades of dry herbs, sawgrass, nectarine, maraschino cherry, and sap. Quite a firm grip on the finish with astringent, brushed steel and grease-flavored hop extract.
The label reads "The Friendly Pint," but I'm not sure this is so friendly. Even the caricature on the label has a menacing look. Sure he's an old, round drunk dude, but he's looking down his red, engorged nose at me! Freindly? Hardly.

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear (for a bottle conditioned) light amber body with a magnificant head that hangs around for the full measure and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: A bit unusual; very grassy but somewhat sweet as well; slightly medicinal

Taste: Bready malt start followed by a nice bitter flash with a strong mineral tone; slightly piney with an unsweetened grapefruit character

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: On the whole, a very drinkable offering with some unusual spicy characters

Photo of UnionMade
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That's my bottle in the picture. Totally sweet.
The beer pours a pale amber gold, with a slight chill haze. A thin mist rests atop the beer, with a couple islands of large bubbles clinging to the glass. Lots of blobby lace sticks to the glass, forming an uneven patchiness all the way down.
The aroma is a mild toasty malt, with a touch of caramel and some mild english hops. The hops are balancing, with an earthy herbal quality. Some estery fruit, with hints of apple and some light peach. Rather simple, but balanced and refined.
The flavor starts out with a light toasty maltiness, just a hint of caramel towards the middle. Some mild esters come through, with hints of apple and peach. A rather intense goldings hoppiness comes through in the finish, mostly herbal with a touch of citrus. A bit of grassy flavor, with some soapiness towards the very end. Very light bodied, not quite what I was expecting. Not really watery, but the malt is a bit weak in comparison to the hops. Soft, mild carbonation.
Given how good the wholesome stout was, I was a little disappointed with this beer. It was a decent ordinary bitter, but I don't know if I'd call it a pale ale. A bit too light, with too agressive a hop profile and too weak a body. Much more in the vein of Coniston Bluebird or another well made ordinary bitter. Definitely worth a try, but I don't think I'll get it again.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a piss bad pour from the pump, at least a three-finger head was in the glass. The head was thick and never really went away, it stubbornly clung to the glass too. The hops were bitter like most cask ale, but tasted rather "green" or unripe. The malt in the beer came through as sour and was kind of unpleasant.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one certainly wasn't much to look at, that's for sure. It poured a peach - orange colour with very slight chill haze and a small amount of sediment on account of being bottle conditioned. There was absolutely no head whatsoever. Only some fine, patchy white places that faded away quickly and some enormous clear bubbles that also went away in about 15 seconds.
Smell is unmistakably English ale with its mild fruity esters and the subtle sweetness in the aroma. There is, however, a very, very faint spruce / pine aroma that is nearly undetectable that makes only a split second appearance. This is, presumably, from the hops.
The taste is very mild, a bit sweet, has a pleasantly light maltiness about it, and some delicate hops bitterness. So far, this isn't fantastic, but it is drinkable, and certainly sessionable, given it's mildness. The mouthfeel is very smooth and medium weight with almost no carbonation. I have had much better English ales of this sort, but I certainly didn't think this to be awful. It's decent, I suppose.

Photo of jampics2
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask @ the Winking Lizard. This was a one day only thing and I had to try it, but I admit I didn't have high hopes. I was wrong!

Orangeish in color with a small white head.

Mild malt in the nose - caramel sweetness and a touch of crisp and earthy English hops.

Taste is great. Nice crisp, clean malt with a touch of grassy hops. Hints of bread crust.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for a cask.

Overall, this was great. I was pleasantly surprised!

Photo of maxpower
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice lasting off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Grassy and fruity aromas, tart apple, pears and caramel flavors, medium bodied with a prickly carbonated mouthfeel, finishes a bit sour and on the dry side, not bad.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimally hazed peachy amber with a small number of miniscule particulates. Abundant carbonation was noted on crown cracking and is the architect of the 1/3 beer, 2/3 head ratio that is slowly reversing itself before my very eyes. And a nice looking head it is too. Firmly creamy ivory colored foam melts into a windswept mesa and deposits thick chunks of lace as it does so.

The nose is nicely aromatic, although it isn't overly impressive. Fermented orchard fruits lead the way. It smells a little spicy as well; almost, but not quite, Belgian yeast-like. I swear that I get a whiff of alcohol too; almost inconceivable at only 4.5%. I'd never have guessed that Butty Bach is brewed with the classic English pale ale hops, Fuggles and Kent Goldings.

Fruity and hoppy at once, BB has as much flavor as any English pale in recent memory. The brewers certainly didn't skimp on the little green cones because there's plenty of hop flavor and bitterness riding the wave from beer entrace to beer exit. As in the nose, fermented apples and pears are the focal point. The malt backbone is sufficient with little actual flavor contribution. No sense clutterings things up with too much malt flavor, although a little 'white toast' is noted.

The finish is relatively clean, significantly dry and reminiscent of bitter fruit. After hearing the loud 'pffft' on opening, I feared that the mouthfeel would be annoyingly fizzy. I'm happy to report that it isn't. Things settled down in fairly short order and while the beer is lively in the mouth, it's perfectly acceptable.

Butty Bach isn't a world beater, but it is a good, flavorful, hoppy English pale, my first from Wye Valley. A couple of Dorothy Goodbodies are on deck, so I'll soon see what charms she has to offer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.57/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"The Friendly Pint" is the slogan atop the label, with a red-nosed bald bloke below, curiously, with a spoon(?) in his stein. What does "butty bach" mean? I'd really like to know...does it have something to do with Johann Sebastian or...the dark lager, ..except it's a pale ale, so???
Color: pale orange
Head: nothin'...seriously, none!
Aroma: sweet and fruity (peach, orange), but nothing more
Taste: flat, sullen, still slightly citric, blah, blah, blah...tiniest texture, no, none, very small body, no finish at all...nothing in this 16.9 oz. bottle that I enjoyed at all...a waste...learn from my mistake and avoid, avoid, avoid!!!
If I can make some further comments, it would have to be...Bleh, bleh, blechh!!

Butty Bach from Wye Valley Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.