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Pitchfork Rebellious Bitter - RCH Brewery

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77 Ratings

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The name comes from the Pitchfork rebellion of 1685 the last battle to be fought on English soil of the Civil War.
A golden bitter with floral citric hop aroma. It has a hoppy predominate taste which is slightly sweet and fruity and leaves you wanting more.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Photo of Maltanator
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: honey-gold, with a huge puffy cream-colored pillowy meringue head

Smell: Floral-spicy-earthy hops, peach-apricot (from the yeast? … ). Not much malt to speak of.

Palate: Light-medium bodied; refreshing; low-medium carbonation (tight bubbles); the peach-apricot really comes through on the palate. Nice acidity (vaguely citrus). Golden malt breaks through near the finish. Malt bill is pretty straight-forward, with the hops and yeast providing aroma and flavor. Heather-floral hop aftertaste.

This beer really grew on me as I let it open up.

Maltanator, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Acquired a while back from an off-licence. Described as a light, golden ale and named after the Pitchfork rebellion at the end of the English civil war.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with plenty of floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. Lovely lacing. Aroma of earthy yeast with hints of grainy malt, fruity esters, mild grass/hay and subtle stewed leaves. OK but tired.

Tastes of light malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of yeast esters, mild grain, grass/hay, subtle stewed leaves, a twinge of cardboard and faint earthiness. A delicate hint of green apples lurks in the background, followed by a light bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Little bit too fizzy. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of earthy yeast, husks and acrid stewed leaves.

Not brilliant, though I reckon the age of the bottle might have something to do with it. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are overly yeasty and otherwise quite bland. Mouthfeel is OK but a shade overcarbonated. Possible yeast overdevelopment or cell death giving some off-notes to the character. Nothing special but might be worth sampling again if I have the chance. No need to hunt it down.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Sebas
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Sebas, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

zenithberwyn, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of NYR_Rob
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

NYR_Rob, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

bigred89, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -19.1%

EvanWilliams, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

UncleJimbo, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of plowe70
4/5  rDev +7.8%

plowe70, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of DilisioYCBC
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

DilisioYCBC, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

LJWalker, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of PopnLoads
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

PopnLoads, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of FriedGold2112
4.75/5  rDev +28%

FriedGold2112, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of GreyGhost4
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

GreyGhost4, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

leinie13, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some miniscule particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high foamy white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of floral hops along with some citrus in the nose.
T: A moderately strong amount of bitterness stands out in the overall taste along with subtle notes of fruity yeast and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves your mouth with a hint of dryness.
O: This beer is very sessionable and goes down quite easily; I would have no problem drinking several of these in a sitting. The bitterness isn’t overly strong.

metter98, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of weaselchew
4/5  rDev +7.8%

weaselchew, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7.8%

imperialking, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold, lightly cloudy, with a very big creamy off-white head slowly shrinking to a puffy, rocky smaller head and foamy lace. It’s beautiful

Aroma is clean, full character of lightly toasty bread, herb, hay, grass, and a hint of lemon, with caramelized bread, yeasty and spicy hints, and a hint of sulphur.

Taste is zesty, minerally bread, bread crust, bitter herb and lemon, peppery, leafy, zesty. A light, bright, juicy yeastiness and hoppiness thoroughly dominate and it leans firmly, but gently, to the bitter side with plenty of well-rounded character, yeasty-hoppy-juicy-leafy-herbal, to support the bitterness. It is a great, light session bitter.

Offa, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear, and rather modest amber, a firm off-white head leaving some lacing.

Smelling of sweet malts, some fruits, pears, and hay.

The taste is freshly baked sweet bread, some lemon and pears, then a tad lime peel.

Low carbonation, a very refreshing feeling, nice body and a slightly dry finish.

A really nice thirst quenching real ale.

rarbring, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from K&L, no freshness date. Into a nonic, the beer pours a slightly hazy pale gold. The head is voluminous, long-lasting, almost mousse-like.

There's a great floral hop character to the nose, bordering on herbal. Malt is dry, subdued, a bit crackery. It's somewhat mineral, especially when it warms, and there's faint green apple fruitiness.

Very flavorful, hop-forward and quite bitter. Hop flavors take on a more earthy and herbal quality on the tongue. The malt foundation is bready and dry, quite crisp. There's a mineral backbone that seems to enhance the dryness, adding a bit of astringency that doesn't go too far. It's a light bodied beer, but not as thin as some bitters can be - there's just enough heft. Apple-like fruitiness appears mid-palate, but the strong bitterness in the finish quickly washes it away. Bitterness could stand to be dialed down a bit, I feel like it covers up some of the complexity. Nonetheless, this was a very enjoyable beer, one I'd definitely buy again.

largadeer, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light and crisp pale malts with mild amounts of earthy and slightly grassy hops. Also present are very small amounts of indistinct medium fruits.

Tastes good. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of breadiness. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of light citrus and earthy hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall there wasn't much about this beer that stood out but it was absurdly easy to drink. Worth a shot.

glid02, Feb 17, 2011
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Pitchfork Rebellious Bitter from RCH Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.