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Pitchfork Rebellious Bitter - RCH Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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78 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 78
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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Reviews by ElGuapo:
Photo of ElGuapo
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a nice fluffy white head on top. Aroma is slightly floral with a nice bit of pale grains.

It is smooth with a nice crisp start. The hops are pretty kicking in this one. It seems to have some hop character from an American pale mixed with a British bitter. Grains are an outstnading partner to balance this one. It has just enough bitterness and sweetness to come together. Drinkability is excellent, and although this was missing a little bit of that nice earthy cask flavor, it was nice none the less.

ElGuapo, Apr 19, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep golden with a light orange hue with a huge blooming foamy white head that slowly crept its way down but took quite some time for it to settle.Aromas are clean I think to clean, a little caramel note and a light passing herbal note but it was faint.Its a sessional style beer no doubt light toasted,caramel sweet malt but nothing overbearing finishing with a light lemon,herbalness.It is what it is a light bitter a good quaffer just very subtle flavors.

oberon, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, orange cloudy body with a decent head.

Smell – Very grassy and rank. This ale reeks of bitter grass and vegetal hops.

Taste - VENOM said that this almost tastes like tonic water, and he was right. The pale, bitter, lime flavor of a watery substance perfectly describes this brew. There’s a tad of sweetness in there as well.

Mouthfeel – This is the beer’s weak point, IMO. This ale is flat, flat, flat. It does absolutely nothing for the tongue, which is a shame.

Drinkability – The low ABV actually helped this one go down pretty well. This is a nice session beer, but not one of my favorites.

RoyalT, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Redbones a while back, this is from notes ...

Pale yellow, bright and clear in appearance. Topped with a massive, creamy head that's meringue-like with excellent retention.

Aroma is a bit nutty, with grain and must. Flavor is quite bitter (grassy and sharp-ish), with more nuttiness, a smooth feel on the palate and a coarse hop leaf edge towards the end, along with a noticeable yeast finish.

Lovely stuff. A decent session bitter in my books.

Todd, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint, 9 oz brown bottle served in a Propeller dimpled pint glass.
Appearance: Clear, goldenrod body with an immense three finger offwhite head that is rocky. Lively carbonation going on in the glass. Excellent head retention and sheets and chains of lace coat the glass. The final pour, with the yeast swirled in, produces a murky orange brown body with some "floaties" in suspension.

Aroma: Fruity, spicy, and floral hop notes with toasty pale malt bready aromas in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, with appropriate medium carbonation.

Taste: Bitter floral hops balance well with pale malt sweetness. Pears and apple skins offer up a delicate fruity component. Quite bitter hops finish and long aftertaste.

Drinkability: Wow! This is probably the best English Bitter I've sampled. I'm looking forward to picking up some more of these. Ideal as a session ale and delicate and complex enough to enjoy as a sipper.

merlin48, May 28, 2005
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 ADR
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light peach color with a big rising head that's nice and rocky. LAces in large slipping patches. Light brown sugar aroma with an appetizing hop aroma, muted and bark-like, but nice. Light body but fairly generous carbonation. Interesting beer, emphasizes hops but distinctly in an English style, tight and floral, verging on charred. Pretty good balance but hop skewed. Notable in that its almost a stand out in taking a classic Bitter to its extreme, low in alcohol and sharp and a nice change of pace in light of the numerous American Ales that cross my path. Because of the higher carbonation and slightly medicinal qualities, I didn't find this really drinkable however.

ADR, Apr 28, 2005
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
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle at Tap and Table last week (review is from notes) and was actually blown away by how good a bitter could be from a bottle. The beer had a light multi-grain malt flavor with hints of cocoa and coffee. As I continued to drink, more character opened up with big grassy and lemon hops and a peppery tobacco finish. Heck of a beer, I recommend it.

tempest, May 14, 2010
Photo of jackndan
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

RCH Pitchfork: On cask at the RAF. Yellow color, tending toward hazy. The head was as expected, light with large bubbles. Nice sweet aroma, somewhat grassy. Taste is not at all what I had hoped for. To me this is very musty, with heavy horse blanket/hay/vegetable tastes. A hand full of crackers and a sip of water did not improve the taste. The program stated that this was a Grand Champion, but to me it was the worst of the lot.

jackndan, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

leinie13, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of marcobrau
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Another English ale that pours with a good amount of carbonation (probably because it bottle-conditioned.) This bitter pours with a beautifully rocky head that slowly falls leaving thick lacing. There's just a little bit of a saltine cracker aroma. A fairly full-bodied bitter with a straightforward maltiness (not complex) and hearty bitter finish. Nothing terribly complex here, just a very refreshing bitter ale. Perhaps a bit too clean for the style, but a good quencher, and certainly bitter enough. The bottle mentions adding the yeast to the bottle for "a fuller flavour", which I'd recommend, as doing so seemed to bring out a delicate fruitiness in this beer. I liked this beer but it seemed to be overcarbonated. I can only imagine what it would be like on cask.

marcobrau, Aug 12, 2005
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 LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

LJWalker, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of edbeered
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Going through my fridge, I found I had 2 bottles of this beer, and they are consistent, if not what I was looking for. I appropriately let them sit out to warm up before opening them. Poured from the bottle, this beer has a hazy pale amber color, with a small white head, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is slight, but I detected some citrus. The taste is surprisingly watery, but has a slight citrus hop taste. The mouthfeel, like the beer, is light. I was expecting something bolder, especially as this was the 1998 Champion Bitter at the Great British Beer Fest. It's probably awesome on cask, but this version leaves me cold.

edbeered, Sep 20, 2008
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 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 BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Real Ale in a bottle, so look out for some sediment in the pour.

Brown 500ml bottle, best before end of Dec 2008, drank before end of Oct 2008. Poured into a UK pint sleeve glass.

Pale orange, dull yellow, not quiet clear, a bit of a haze. Some of the yeasty sediment might have crept out during the pour. The head was well formed and stayed throughout the drink.

Yeast and hops made up the aroma, what else should there be in an English Bitter?

The taste was very hoppy (for a UK beer), this gave the beer an extra dry and bitter feel. Pleasant more than overpowering.

The hoppiness and dry feel stayed into the aftertaste. A good bottled beer.

BlackHaddock, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color with a huge head – some sedimentation noted even though I poured carefully. The aroma is spicy and fruity. The taste is spicy and bitter. Hops are noticeable as well as some slight fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is thin to medium and has a lot of carbonation. This beer finishes dry. This is an easy to drink beer - would be good for sessions.

barefootbrewer, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear copper colour with a very nice amount of head that leaves an attractive lace.

Aromas are the typical bready biscuity malts with a hint of earthy hops.

The taste has the typical bitter flavors, bready malts, earthly/woody hops; but overall the brew seems watered down to me. Like a diluted Fuller's ESB. I wonder if quality is an issue.

Fairly drinkable if you want an average bitter but overall nothing remarkable here, no need to search out or pay the inflated export price.

claspada, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Sebas
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Sebas, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden brew with lots of carbonation.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a notable sour scent.

Taste is blah grains and with a little tartness and a bit of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is OK.

BLAH! Overpriced for what you get, just another English ale, except this one cost $7 a bottle.

Zorro, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at NERAX 2007 FRI night

Golden amber with a fluffy white head that holds up decently, keeping at least a low covering of foam down to the bottom of the glass.

At first I get barely any scent, just an impression of freshness. As it warms some citrusy resin emerges.

Light-bodied, appley malt with a resinous base and in the finish a lingering grapefruit that you can chew on long after the last sip.

gentlebubbles, May 27, 2007
Photo of Mark
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color was a very pale gold, huge white head shrunk to a thin layer, tons of lace was left. Earthy grainy aroma. Typical smooth taste profile with right amount of hoppiness. Malt leanings, bitterness is subtle, some fruitiness. Bottle conditioned and very drinkable. I have never come across any RCH beers on cask in the U.K. but I'll try looking harder next time. Interesting label, with a small portrait of I believe King James II on it. Thanks again to Rkhaze for thinking of me on his latest beer trip.

Mark, May 06, 2004
Photo of weaselchew
4/5  rDev +7.8%

weaselchew, Dec 20, 2011
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Pitchfork Rebellious Bitter from RCH Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.