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SOB (Special Old Bitter) - Pump House Brewery

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%


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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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by djcreepshow:
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-22-2013 23:39:08 | More by djcreepshow
More User Reviews:
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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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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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robnews

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Guiness Pint Glass.

Excellent amber color with foamy slightly off white head.

Great smell with present hop aroma coming off.

Bitterness appearing later in the taste with hop flavor following. Nice aftertaste, not overly bitter or hoppy.

Compared to the Garrison hopyard Pale Ale, I think I prefer this one. Not tiring. Very nice interpretation of this style. Drinkability is high.

I am quite pleased with this and glad I picked it up direct from Pump house.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 23:30:45 | More by robnews
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, same fire hydrant imagery as its brethren.

This beer pours a hazy medium orange amber hue, with one finger of light creamy off-white head, which leaves behind some nice coral lace as it drops away. It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, and bitter citrus pith. The taste is well balanced as well, with a good dose of caramel toffee malt, and more bitter, dry citrus hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit prickly, but mostly smooth. It finishes with a drying leafy citrus edge.

A nice hoppy bitter, bordering on Canadian IPA territory. Would happily have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:36:27 | More by biboergosum
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to joemcgrath27 for hooking me up with this one.

A - Pours a nice golden orange colour, slight haze, solid finger of light bubbly head, sticky draping lacing and some nice visible carbonation on the body.

S - Scent is fruity with orange citrus hops dominating the nose, complemented by some sweet caramel apple malts.

T - Wonderful flavour on this one. The fruity citrus hops again dominate, but aren't overly bitter. The sweet caramel, though subtle, also comes through nicely. The finish is woody with cedar and pine lingering.

M - Consistent with the style the finish is a little dry, but is not offensive. Nice medium bodied ale, with light carbonation that finishes nice and smooth.

D - This one really surprised me. I've seen it several times before, but never picked it up. It is now definitely a part of my arsenal for hoppy session beers. A great brew from Pumphouse and highly recommended to any hop fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:37:27 | More by andrenaline
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SOB (Special Old Bitter) from Pump House Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.