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Arkell Best Bitter - Wellington County Brewery

Arkell Best BitterArkell Best Bitter

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BA SCORE
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93 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%


Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally served as a real ale, Arkell Best Bitter has a loyal following. This delicate and well-balanced bitter is Wellington’s session beer.

(Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 11-25-2002)
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Reviews by JamesMN:
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light orange/amber hue with good clarity and a thin cap of off-white foam.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and amber malts with a certain 'grainyness' about it.

Taste: Pleasant and light amber and caramel flavors at first and then lends a nice earthy bitterness in the second half and finish. At 4% ABV it has more flavor than I was expecting. A light metallic off-flavor in the aftertaste but otherwise pretty clean.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with slightly above average carbonation and good drinkability. Sessionable if you enjoy the style.

Final Thoughts: A decent beer and a good example of how much flavor can be packed into a low ABV. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: can

04-28-2013 02:43:30 | More by JamesMN
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A: Medium copper in colour. Pours a white frothy 3/4 inch head that has good stability. Beer is very clear.

S: Caramel malt, toasted malt and hints for bread in the background. A hint of grassy hop aroma present.

T: Hints of the aromas in the flavours. But everything is Low to None. Caramel is very low, hops are low. Bitterness is low, malt flavours are low, sweet finish.

M: Carbonation is low but the body is low-medium.

O: This beer starts well on the nose. Makes you look forward to tasting it but then when you do you're disapointed by the lack of flavours, bittereness and dry finish. It's not a bad beer just not on style.

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Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice bready and toasty malts, light caramel, biscuits, earthy hops and slight citrus.

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Arkell Best Bitter from Wellington County Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.