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SOB (Special Old Bitter) - Pump House Brewery

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SOB (Special Old Bitter)SOB (Special Old Bitter)

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85
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours pale and brassy, with some coppery hues. Through the glass, it's cloudy. On top is a puffy white head that sinks in rapidly.

Lots of floral hops on the nose, with biscuity malt hiding in behind.

The flavour is interesting. Is there a mixture of english and C* hops in here? The overtones are english, but I get this little kick of grapefruity resinousness in the finish. Fascinating. It's also a touch more hoppy than your bog-standard to-style bitter, but I'm quite ok with that. I'd call this one a Pacific-Northwest bitter, in the best way possible. It is to traditional bitters what the American IPA is to traditional IPA.

Light carbonation and a silky smooth but low-key body make this an excellent session beer.

Beautifully done Pump House! I'll be back for many more.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 03:14:50 | More by Garin
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-31-2014 05:41:08 | More by Exeter
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DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-18-2014 09:07:26 | More by DreamDeath
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 21:37:08 | More by souvenirs
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

09-21-2013 16:14:19 | More by ZachT
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TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-04-2013 01:40:05 | More by TT--Cashout
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-22-2013 23:39:08 | More by djcreepshow
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StomachUlcers

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-02-2013 05:29:14 | More by StomachUlcers
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-30-2013 18:37:17 | More by KStark
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-13-2013 15:50:53 | More by beerhunter13
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-27-2013 00:33:01 | More by polloenfuego
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TimeLincoln

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

01-12-2013 18:39:06 | More by TimeLincoln
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-06-2012 19:52:51 | More by cfalovo97
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

10-13-2012 04:29:51 | More by Idrankthat
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Foudebiere

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-24-2012 02:49:20 | More by Foudebiere
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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. 

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 21:56:56 | More by smcolw
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-19-2012 04:15:01 | More by CurtisD
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-30-2012 23:56:23 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Skizem

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

12-26-2011 16:18:58 | More by Skizem
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-21-2011 00:07:33 | More by schnarr84
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 05:09:41 | More by kjyost
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-23-2011 06:20:09 | More by Vandelayindustri
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 13:57:47 | More by tigg924
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:53:46 | More by Long813
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spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Barnyard BBQ serving. This cross-bred red/amber ale had a nice head that lasted and left an awesome trace. Not much carbonation was noticed in the glass. I don't know what type of hop was used, but it was unfamiliar to me. One that I can't recall smelling in another beer before. I enjoyed the grassy notes and bitterness to it. These hops are all bitter. A fresh, clean taste as well. The malts brought up the back end. A somewhat highly acid beer but left no aftertaste, just clean and crisp. I found this to be a heavier beer than I was anticipating, thus given a 3.5 and not a 4. Still a very worthy bevvy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 18:59:38 | More by spree92
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SOB (Special Old Bitter) from Pump House Brewery
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