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Best Bitter - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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83
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Picaroons Brewing Co. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PiratePete on 11-10-2003)
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter brown bottle, packaged 27/04/11. Pours auburn, with good carbonation and an inch of light tan head. The Ringwood yeast leads off in the nose with earthy and nutty notes, followed by a bit of malt and spicy/herbal hops. On the palate, it's the same yeast and hop profile as on the nose, and the malts are lighter than expected, but they do give notes of caramel and toast. Its fullish, moderately-carbonated body is creamy and chewy, with lingering bitterness. I think the Ringwood could turn some people off, but the beer is solid and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:23:24 | More by mmmbeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml sturdy squat bottle. Nice to see another proper 'best bitter' available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some pleasant cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of semi-sweet, almost pastry-like pale and caramel malt, simple syrup, fruity yeast, and earthy, leafy, and otherwise green hops. The taste is bready, faintly biscuity caramel malt, a further toffee sweetness, more earthy yeast, a bit of sour drupe fruitiness, oily nuts, and weedy, sort of floral, leafy hops.

The carbonation is present and accounted for, but does little to make you remember it, the body an adequate medium weight, and generically smooth, as those hops drop a metallic bomb right about now for some reason. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt persisting mostly intact, amongst some increasingly peppy floral, leafy hops.

Picaroons' Best Bitter holds true to its God Save the Queen, or whatever British allegiances, right up until the end of this affair, when the hops exhibit a (relatively) heady dash of New World elan. Fairly crisp, sweet enough, and with that so-called elevated ABV for the style, I could envision downing a few of these should I ever find myself in a Maritimes public house.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 04:38:04 | More by biboergosum
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DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-18-2014 05:56:42 | More by DreamDeath
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-04-2014 06:11:19 | More by deonreds
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Brenden

Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure where this came from, but it's fresh.

It's a medium brown with good clarity to it, transparent but for the color itself. The pale head shows some density as it settles on top to 3/4 finger. Retention is good, and lacing is thin but drops in a really nice sheeting effect to about the middle of the glass. It shows some rigidity to it overall, staying together well.
This beer showcases the strengths of the style; my main criticism would be that the yeast is a bit heavy and forward. Otherwise, the nicely complex blend of earthy, toasty, nutty and floral notes as well as its balance of each moderately strong malts and hops in the aroma and flavor make for a nice beer.
It's got a good medium body to it without going thin or, on the other side, heavier than it should. It's creamy with a bit of dryness and flows very nicely.
Is this Bitter the best? No. Is it good? Across the board.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 19:08:21 | More by Brenden
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Wrhino

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

10-20-2013 18:23:07 | More by Wrhino
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-12-2013 13:02:08 | More by cam477
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TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

09-07-2013 13:43:05 | More by TT--Cashout
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StomachUlcers

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-31-2013 01:32:59 | More by StomachUlcers
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juliendesrochers

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-23-2013 00:05:13 | More by juliendesrochers
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

08-16-2013 01:09:43 | More by Kmat10
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hef

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-13-2013 03:40:46 | More by hef
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

07-22-2013 23:36:29 | More by djcreepshow
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-01-2013 02:06:00 | More by rab53
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

04-20-2013 12:20:04 | More by lgmol
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-05-2013 22:53:37 | More by IanSpindler
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-11-2013 15:46:18 | More by ericj551
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-11-2013 04:17:18 | More by randylangford
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-26-2013 14:01:10 | More by polloenfuego
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TimeLincoln

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-09-2013 17:13:22 | More by TimeLincoln
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-06-2012 19:49:05 | More by cfalovo97
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

09-29-2012 02:09:19 | More by CurtisD
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another east coast treat...

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour, finger of head with some retention, and some sporadic lacing.

S - Dominated by toasted bread, musty caramel and toffee, some earthy greens and a nutty finish.

T - Much like the nose with the nutty notes coming through nicely alongside a bitter earthy hop flavour, the toffee and caramel lingers with a hint of sour citrus.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O - The finish is a tad chalky and dry, but the flavors are nice for the style and the nuttiness adds a uniqueness that stands out. Glad I was able to try this one and certainly recommended to any fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 16:59:57 | More by andrenaline
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky, slightly off white head; slow to dissipate. Plenty of lace on the glass as it settles. Surprisingly clear (given the yeasty smell) with dirty copper amber color.

Earthy aroma with a solid dollop of brewers' yeast. Not my style, but it is like a good homebrew.

Caramel and crystal malts start the taste off. Good hop bite in the swallow that creates a decent aftertaste. Rich, almost oily, body. Low carbonation. Much better on the tongue than on a nose.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:55:41 | More by smcolw
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picaroons Best Bitter has a kind of tan that's hard to get in New Brunswick, but it does looks like a drink they'd like on the East Coast (rum). Its orange-brown body is clear but toasty, hosting a select few bubbles that manage to amass a thin and spotty (but unexpectedly durable) set of lining and lacing. It makes a good first impression!

The brewery promotes the fact that they brew their ales in "traditional British style" but - the tonic water-like minerals and toffee sweetness aside - this bouquet has more than a little bit of New World hoppiness to it. While it's tame by American standards, it might be enough to ruffle some feathers among the older regulars at the pub.

The biggest planet in this flavour constellation is definitely one of caramelly malt, but it has moons of bitter herbals and floral resins that rotate it round and round. The bitterness is earthy and highly noticeable, even with the distraction of a fruity ester-spewing yeast and slicing sharp water minerals. Those resiny bitters ooze like sap from a maple tree.

The beer may be of average strength, but it's density is far from moderate. This chewy, thick maltiness sure tips out the scale at an impressive weight. Despite being tremendously drinkable, it is a deceitfully filling beer. It's easy to want more, mind you, given all the pecan nuttiness and toffee sweetness that seeps into the gums.

Best Bitter is a straightforward-enough style, but it's simplicity is deceptive. True, this is both nutty-sweet and approachable, but it's also a considerably heavy ale with a very appreciable bitterness. To brew this style with any degree of success requires not only negotiating the balance between hops and malt, but also treating your water and employing the right yeast. Picaroons puts all the right steps into this and it pays off.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 00:33:46 | More by biegaman
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