Courage Best Bitter - Wells & Young's Ltd
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2.95/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2012 21:04:54 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.85/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2012 16:22:12 | More by Eramen
3.83/5 rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: cask
03-28-2012 14:20:53 | More by woosterbill
Courage Best Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
74 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.