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Arthur's Best Bitter - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Arthur's Best Bitter
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BA SCORE
88
very good

18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ski271 on 02-17-2005)
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serveed on cask via a hand pump at the brewpub on 10/19/08.

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a finger of EXTREMELY creamy off-white head. A 1/2 finger of retention just sits there like a rock, sticking around and leaving gigantic rings of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is yummy smelling mix of floral hops, citrus character, and pale malt sweetness underneath.

The taste ia a mellow, sweet tasting mix of tangy citrus, light grainy malts, and just a touch of bitterness in the back for balance. The mouthfeel is light bodied with an incredibly smooth and creamy feel. Finishes sweet and tangy on the lips.

This is just about the definition of a session beer on cask with it's silky smooth flavor profile and creamy, easy drinking body. Great stuff that you could go to again and again.

Serving type: cask

10-20-2008 16:59:51 | More by Kegatron
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick and creamy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very malty scent with just a mild hop aroma at best. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a nice hop bitterness. It goes down like water and finishes a bit thin. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This a malty brew that tastes very nicely off the cask.

Serving type: cask

10-02-2008 11:04:56 | More by WesWes
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a medium copper colored beer with white puffy head. Very attractive lacing as the beer was slowly consumed. Smell is malty and caramelly, with a touch of hops. Taste was full of caramel with a nice balance of hops. Finished nice and creamy, giving a pleasant mouth experience. Perfectly drinkable. What a session beer should taste like.

Serving type: cask

06-22-2006 23:14:35 | More by tgbljb
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at the brewpub

Appearance - poured a deeper copper color with a nice head. A bit haze.

Smell - A nice floral note meets the noise with a little bit of maltines later on.

Taste - Meet with some floral hop spiciness with a bit of pine coming in later on. A nice malty taste was present thoughout the whole tasting experience.

Mouthfeel - For an on-cask brew it had a rather nice level of carbonation and for the ABV it had actually a thinker mouthfeel then would have been expected.

Overall - A pretty good brew and one worth trying.

Serving type: cask

01-04-2012 01:32:44 | More by Darkmagus82
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

Light copper colored body with a good head. Looks like a standard beer that would come out of a hand pumped beer engine.

Smells of lots of floral hope notes, a touch of sweetness and some sweet grains. Very nice.

Taste is also good. Very slight bitterness from the hops with the floral notes coming through once again. Some citrus and fruity sweetness. Pale tasting malts reminiscent of cereal.

Always have trouble grading a cask beer's mouthfeel, but this is rather light bodied.

Very drinkable, I could drink a ton of this stuff. Pretty awesome bitter.

Serving type: cask

10-14-2008 02:58:10 | More by Hojaminbag
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-15-2013 18:40:15 | More by bigfnjoe
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty simple easy drinking smooth English bitter. I was in the middle of a 4 hour drive and I stopped at Zeno's for one pint and a growler fill before hitting the road again. This is a beer I could easily handle one before needing to drive again.

Appearance: Served an amber copper with a creamy white head and very nice lacing .

Smell: The aroma is reserved but pleasant. It has a light bread malt, caramel element and a touch of floral hops.

Taste: Simple and approachable just as an English bitter should be IMO. A mild floral (and slightly citrus) character, blends gently into honey and caramelized sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: It does feel light and maybe even a bit too light but the cask gives it a creamy feel that makes up for it and overall it probably appeals to a large market that prefer an approachable beer.

Drinkability: This is the epitome of session beer. This is a go-to session style and this beer is no expectation. Nice easy dinking beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: cask

04-18-2007 23:53:02 | More by Phatz
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-21-2012 01:43:54 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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ski271

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hand-pumped ale is a slightly cloudy orange-brown color with a light brown, creamy head that mostly diminished before my first taste, but still had some decent lacing. Aroma is very mild and floral. Taste is floral as well with a light caramel sweetness to balance out its bitterness. Finish has a nice nutty flavor and is average to short in duration. The mouthfeel is very light with a creamy texture. Nothing earth-shattering here, but a nice drinkable beer nevertheless.

Serving type: cask

02-17-2005 20:43:11 | More by ski271
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treyrab

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask last night at Zeno's, State College, PA. Had it poured into a pint glass from the cask...

A: Very clear light copper with a nice, creamy and frothy white head. Lightly carbonated, but was very sticky and laced nicely to the glass.

S: Smell of very floral hops, but nothing extremely bitter. Minor malt characteristics and cereal grains coming through also.

T: This was a very refreshing bitter. It went down smoothly with a nice taste of pine hops. The bitterness was there, but not by much. It was a very mild bitterness that blended well with the malt body.

Overall, this was a good bitter that, while not overly complex, was very refreshing and moderately flavorful.

Serving type: cask

09-28-2008 20:10:11 | More by treyrab
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AMarkle6524

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-31-2014 12:04:15 | More by AMarkle6524
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

12-22-2011 02:56:08 | More by SteelCityHops89
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FlakyBiscuit

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

08-13-2013 05:27:57 | More by FlakyBiscuit
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billmayo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-24-2013 14:39:28 | More by billmayo
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traxstar7

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-17-2014 01:22:14 | More by traxstar7
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jsbrendle

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled by hand-pump into a shaker glass. Appearance is a nice amber with a white head. Aroma is subtle... some floral hops, some cereal grains, touch of sweetness. Flavor echos this with some slight citric notes & faintly honeyish sweetness. Feels light and somewhat creamy (from the cask tap) on the way down. Perhaps just a touch too light. Compares favorably to the imperial pint sized bottles of Youngs bitters. Very pleasant session beer because of easy drinkability. Recommended.

Serving type: cask

04-23-2007 16:55:01 | More by jsbrendle
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rastapenguin22

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-13-2011 00:08:37 | More by rastapenguin22
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ErinGoBraugh


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-19-2014 01:23:29 | More by ErinGoBraugh
Arthur's Best Bitter from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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