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Arkell Best Bitter - Wellington County Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn Wellington, what the hell happened here? This beer is devoutly average, with very few discernible traits. I expected a lot more from an otherwise excellent brewery.

Pours a copper hue with a decent sized head and stringy threads of lacing. Smell is grains, brown sugar, hops, and metallic notes (yeast?), but all of these aromas are incredibly subdued. Taste is caramel malt, a bit of nut and bread, earthy English-style hops (somewhat grassy), and lifeless grains in the finish. Some malty tartness rears its ugly head. But the biggest flavour that I'm picking up is water. Dido for the mouthfeel, which has minimal carbonation and only a trace of the spicy bite that you expect from a bitter. More water to end.

I must ask, what is this beer trying to achieve? Most of the great bitters have way more fruit and hop flavours, with some nice British nuances like butter and toffee. Not so with Wellington Arkell. I think the brewer needs to take this one back to the drawing board and create something with much more character.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 16:42:43 | More by cratez
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A: Copper, filtered, medium low carbonation, little foam with a beige tint.

S: Caramel, red tea, iron, malt.

T: Reminds me of an English brown ale, taste of hard water, dark malted toasty notes, little actual bitterness, some sweet some sour, but these are subdued by the toasty malt. Some orangey citrus when you suck air through it, but this too is subdued.

M: Medium body, somewhat chewy, little to moderate carbonation.

O: Nice to have a craft beer from my University Home town, in an English style. My first English Bitter, but really reminds me of English Browns.

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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.

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Arkell Best Bitter from Wellington County Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.