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Courage Best Bitter - Wells & Young's Ltd

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. ABV is stated as 3.8%. Picked up recently from an off-licence. Label lists the ingredients, including sugar, E150c and E450 - not convinced these are really needed.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. The aroma is pretty weak - a faint hint of grainy caramel malt and little else.

Tastes of grainy caramel malt with a dry finish. Slightly sweet, with a faint hint of stewed hops. Pretty mild, not much bitterness to be found. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and reasonably full-bodied. Not much aftertaste; just a whisper of malt.

Surprisingly bland, particularly for a bitter. It's more like a mild really; hardly any hop presence. The balance is OK and it doesn't have any flaws - it just fails to excite me on any level. It's best characteristic is the body, although I wonder if the added stabiliser plays a part in this. At any rate, drinkable but nothing special. No need to seek it out.

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A - Apparently it's the colour E150C... which is a light bronze, topped with a foamy head which comes to a half finger. Plenty of bubbles dancing underneath the white surf as I hold it to the light.

S - I'm getting the malts, faint hops, and a very neutral clay/earth vapor.

T - Pale malts, cereals, grass, paper-cardboard, hops are quite delicate, too much so, leading to an underwhelming finish.

MF - Has a certain creaminess, nice to swirl in the mouth, the pleasant part of this beer.

O - Not the 'best bitter' proclaimed on the bottle by any stretch of the imagination, yes, it's drinkable but I'd give it a miss comparing it to similar bitters.

Also, I do not like the way this beer has added ingredients, the colourant and the stabilizers. It just seems a bit needless and goes against the craft brewing ethos. I'm sure a wonderful beer could be brewed without their use.

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Handpump halfpint at the Rising Sun; a swift half to break up my two-mile walk to the British Museum.

A: Crystal clear medium amber body; thin but solid cap of off-white foam. Great retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Herbal hops, muted grain, and some fruitiness. Pretty simple and unremarkable. Average at best.

T: Better here, with some really interesting apple notes taking the forefront; very cider-esque, but not in a spoilt way. The herbal, floral hops give some bright bitterness on the finish. Very refreshing.

M: Delicate - light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Characteristic cask softness. Good.

O: Solid bitter. Not bad for the first random half-pint of real ale on my 2012 pilgrimage to London.


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Courage Best Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
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