Mitchell's Extra Special Bitter - Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
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4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
UPDATE: I had it at Spinnaker's from the cask, instead of out of a bottle. Holy cow that was a good beer. I've learned, then, that you don't drink this one from the bottle. Go right to the source.
It arrived with a nice creamy head, a deep orange colour, with some obvious sediment floating around the glass. It's from cask, so this is to be expected.
The aroma was dominated by citrusy hop aromas, and some vaguely sweet floral tones. Some yeast was in there, and I imagined a bit of a medicinal smell. A little malty grainy tone is in there as well.
The flavour was rounded out by the herbal and floral hops, including a definite bitter orange-peel overtone. Nice rich and slick maltiness filled it out beautifully, and a good bitterness finished it.
The mouth feel was creamy and soft, with low carbonation. Again, this was from a cask, so no surprise there.
If you do buy this in a bottle, I'd recommend pouring it and letting the foam come, and then leave again. From a cask, it has very low carbonation. This is about the same level as you have left after the monstrous billowing foam head that came out of our bottle the first time we had it. If you have a choice, though, go to Spinnaker's.
08-10-2003 16:02:14 | More by Garin
British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +11.5%
An excellent English style bitter. Routinely served at the brewery on tap, but outside of immediate surroundings, this one is most often found in standard 650ml bottles.
In recent years I've started tackling more and more bitter styled ales and this one sits up amongst the highest tier ales from around the globe. Sadly, it doesn't receive much recogniition, but that's undoubtedly a result of the difficulty one can have in tracking this one down.
Features an exceptional aroma and flavor that relies heavily on the Cascade, Kent Golding, and North Brewer pitch. These three key components are skillfully blended with English Pale and Crystal Malts that provide a very complex result which provides an intriguing amount of malt flavor yet provide ample room for the flower bouquet to shine through.
Pours very clean with a moderate sized head, which disapates slowly leaving a layer of calm foam with periodic large surface bubbling with a tight collar. Lacing is consistent around the glass.
Of particular interest was the last 1/6th of the bottle which dispensed a suprising amount of sediment on the last pour. Sediment was very dark and consisted a small dark brown particulate that was suspend for 3-5 minutes before settling at the bottom of the glass.
Despite the last pour, the rest of this one was a keeper in every way, shape, and form.
01-10-2003 18:09:14 | More by 49degrees
Mitchell's Extra Special Bitter from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.