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SOB (Special Old Bitter) - Pump House Brewery

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pump House Brewery visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A deep honey-coloured unfiltered west coast style session beer with the classic fresh aromatic hop bouquet mingling with malty undertones for excellent balance finishing with a pleasant lingering bitterness. A great thirst quencher or the perfect buffer with spicy foods!

(Beer added by: pootz on 09-01-2006)
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Sathanas, Sep 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

fostachild, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Exeter, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of souvenirs
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm hoping for lots of hops, but we'll see.

A: very cloudy honey brown, two fingers of lingering tan head, visible carbonation.
S: not a lot of hop presence, grainy malt
T: grainy malts, grassy bitterness, mainly in the aftertaste.
F: fairly low carbonation, no bite, slight lingering bitterness.
O: An okay beer that I wouldn't refuse, but I wouldn't choose it either. I'm not sure what's "west-coast style" about it.

souvenirs, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

ZachT, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

TT--Cashout, Sep 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

djcreepshow, Jul 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

StomachUlcers, Jun 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

KStark, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

beerhunter13, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

polloenfuego, Jan 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

TimeLincoln, Jan 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Idrankthat, Oct 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Foudebiere, Aug 24, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color. Haze free. Modest bar-pour head. Leaves only rim bubbles after settling. Some streaks of lace. 

Mostly grainy malt aroma. Very low hop nose. A touch of honey. 

Round, crystal malt flavor. Rich bodied which is enhanced with a low carbonation level. There's little bitterness, even in the swallow, which has a bit of sourness. 

smcolw, Aug 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

CurtisD, Aug 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Skizem, Dec 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

schnarr84, Dec 21, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and consumed at Luxelune in Winnipeg. Poured into a sleeve

Copper with a slight haze, pale head with little lacing. Soap on the nose (could it have been the damp glass?) morphs into a crisp fruity hop with a caramel and cracker malt notes. The body has a nice strong bitterness with a light sweetness thy cuts it. Light hop flavours of citrus and a hint of earth come through. Strong crisp carbonation and a bitterness lingers on the palate. Nice beer, worth having...

kjyost, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Vandelayindustri, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: ¼ inch head, clear, dark gold in color, small carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and caramel

Taste: caramel at the start followed by a healthy dose of citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter finish that lingers a bit, light body, high carbonation

Drinkability: This one is a better than average bitter beer. I wish this one hit more notes like a lot of the Pumphouse brews, but it is not bad. One I would probably skip over in the future, but an ok beer.

tigg924, Sep 09, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is decent, as is lacing.

S: Large notes of pine hops and some sweet caramel malts. Much more american then an English stylel.

T: Very hop forward with a nice mixture of fruits and sweet malts.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. The carbonation could be lower, but it's not off putting. The texure is frothy and leaves a nice bitter aftertase.

O: Love this beer, for the price and what you get, you just can't compete.

Long813, Apr 03, 2011
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SOB (Special Old Bitter) from Pump House Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.