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Butcombe Bitter - Butcombe Brewery Ltd.

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85
very good

20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Butcombe Brewery Ltd.
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 11-05-2003)
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rapayn01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-08-2014 23:01:20 | More by rapayn01
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Mr_Pink_152

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-01-2014 21:50:26 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5%

12-18-2013 23:15:23 | More by MisledTitan
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Johnq1964

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-18-2013 19:46:07 | More by Johnq1964
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JohnQVD

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-21-2013 22:42:32 | More by JohnQVD
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BILF

Israel

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

01-14-2013 19:59:24 | More by BILF
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a reddish hued very light brown bodied clear body with very thick white head, I amanged to get at least a cm of this throth and it pretty much stuck.

Smells of beer shampoo roast potatos and sugar soap subtle but satisfying and appetising aromas.

Similar tastes with superbly balanced aspects like biting into wholemeal bread with rich thick malt then slow long drawn out hops before bitterness sits on the togue.

Nice flowing and thirst quenching mouthfeel, not flimsy but not cloying, put this with spot on carbonation that is barely noticable makes a great bottled bitter.

07-12-2012 19:22:34 | More by EmperorBevis
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

07-01-2012 12:58:15 | More by brutalist
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brown/amber colour with a decent frothy head that settles down very quickly.

Smells like light malts and a hint of hoppiness too.

Tastes very well balanced, an average malty-caramel flavour with a fruity bittersweet taste of hops.

Overall a very good and very refreshing bitter.

05-29-2012 22:06:58 | More by CwrwAmByth
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tenesmus

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Now available from Morrisons, 500ml bottle 4.5%. "Butcombe the original bitter" - perhaps a different brew than found on cask.

Pours a clean deep copper appearance, decent enough one finger white head, some lacing but seen better, minimal carbonation.

On the nose its toasted nuts, burnt caramel and biscuits, classic Maris Otter English ale aroma.

When tasted there is a lot more bitter hops than expected, the malts now provide balance and structure. Citrus, grassy hops with grainy toffee malts, some more exotic fruit in the backgroud. Medium body and nice smooth drink.

Lovely British bitter, very pleasant.

04-22-2012 19:52:27 | More by tenesmus
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stercomm

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Hand pulled into a pint glass

A - light copper amber in color, very slight whitel head, recedes almos immediately. Very little lacing

S - get some citrus and a slight barnyard dust some tropicals

T - very nice citrusy hop profile, crisp and clean, can tell good English hops. Very tasty

M - medium bodied very mild carbonation

Nice bitter could definitely drink another but they have 3 other styles to try.

02-19-2012 13:27:35 | More by stercomm
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gulden

Australia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-20-2011 03:29:12 | More by gulden
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StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Rusty amber with lumpy white head that clings in piles above the level of the beer. A very typical (and slightly dull) English autumn leaf and toasted nut nose with faint hops bark. Orange peel marmalade on dark toast then wood spice and oil hops. Overripe peach comeback and bitter linger. Medium, clingy, bit of flint.

Properly bitter pint of bitter (35 IBU, if I had to guess.) They don't mention the hop bill, but it's as good a showcase for sturdy English hopping as any (and not the best sample for Maris Otter, though it is 100%.) Good south of England ale.

07-15-2011 21:13:30 | More by StJamesGate
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champ103

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +15%

A: Pours a clear copper color. A one finger white head forms with good retention. Nice sticky lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: A bright and clean citrus burst of hops up front. Grassy, floral, and spicy hops as well. A light sweetness in the finish and balanced everything out nicely.
T: Follows the nose with lots of hops up front. Big citrus flavors and a substantial, but not overbarring bitterness. Floral and grassy. A really interesting spicy flavor rounds out the great hop character here. A sweetness lingers for a great balance. Light fruity apples and pears as well.
M/D: A medium to full body that is really well carbonated. Velvety smooth and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day. A great session beer.

Another wonderful English Bitter on cask that I have had the opportunity to try in the UK. A big and complex hop flavor that is always in balance. All around excellent, and highly recommend.

09-06-2010 14:38:46 | More by champ103
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Colour me underwhelmed by this one. Drank from the cask on tow occasions, once in Dartmoor, and once not far from Evesham.

Rich amber pour with a finger of well-lacing white head. Faint fruit in the nose, with a lot of grainy malt. The flavour is one-dimensional, relying heavily on the aforementioned grainy malts and a heightened tannin bitterness from the hops. A touch of fruit, perhaps, but little else. This makes it passable, but far from perfect. A nice mouthfeel helps to redeem, as the cask has given this an interesting texture, while the low ABV enhances the sessionability. Why would you session it though?

09-09-2009 16:30:31 | More by bobsy
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +15%

This beer was on cask at my overnight accommodation this week, really glad I choose to stay at 'The Lamb Inn', Iron Acton.

Poured a lovely deep, dark amber, clear, wholesome and smooth looking. One of the whitest of white heads I've ever seen on a bitter, it was only thin, but it stayed and left some lacing as the beer level sank.

I had three pints and loved each one, the hops and barley aroma was slightly sulphurus but not off-putting in any way, it just added to the bitterness that came towards the finish of each mouthful. It is a true flavoursome English Bitter and was the only beer the brewery produced for its first 18 years, they now do three others.

Very moorish, which is why I had three of these and didn't get to try the others, which were also on offer, along with Bass and Courage Bitter (all on cask!).

09-03-2009 19:52:18 | More by BlackHaddock
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DerBayer

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a very beautiful straw with creamy head that doesn t dissipate

Smells of grassy hops and grainy hops and some faint fruity notes

Tastes of much the same quite bitter but very good

mouthfeel is creamy but refreshing - i like

considering the above drinkaility is sehr high

08-23-2009 13:55:41 | More by DerBayer
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5%

Tasted by half-pint at the Swan Tavern, City, London. The strength is at 4.0%abv.

A: amber, great clarity, coming with a foamy thin beer head and very retrained carbonation--looking very healthy for a cask ale.
S: apple-ish fruity hops along with deeply earthy and hay-ish smell of Fuggles-hops, a stream of light maltiness stays underneath--simple, but nice and focused.
T: lovely maltiness with a deeply toffee-ish hint prevails upfront, quite chewy; a profound tea-ish hoppyness joined by a faint trace of leafy bitterness lingers in the long aftertaste, where an intriguingly crisp and bitter finish deep on the sides of the tongue brings a LOT of pleasure and soothness~~
M&D: very fresh, softly carbonated, and medium-bodied; this is the kind of good honest cask bitter which could wake up the taste buds and make them shout for more~~ A session ale for me.

05-06-2006 18:20:23 | More by wl0307
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Mark

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

This ale poured a brownish gold and was topped by a thick white head that left solid sheets of lace. Slight aroma of what i imagined to be fresh hay fields. Malt dominated taste with subtle hopping. Very drinkable and refreshing, healthy too. Seemed slightly herbal. My second beer I've tried from Butcombe. Had it at my favorite Wetherspoons.

12-24-2004 03:35:42 | More by Mark
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

I had this at the Old George in London. This is an excellent bitter with an amber colour and a nice head. The aromas are of dark fruits, juicy hops, and nice, rich malts. The taste is hoppy and malty with both flavors really battling for the nod. The mouthfeel is pretty excellent, as is the drinkability.

11-05-2003 19:38:19 | More by francisweizen
Butcombe Bitter from Butcombe Brewery Ltd.
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