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Brakspear Bitter - W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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BA SCORE
85
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002)
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dwren89
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber with gold highlights, creamy off white head, great clarity

Aroma: toasty , toffee, earthy hops with slight metallic hint,

Taste: toffee and caramel flavors abound, slight toastiness with a bready malt character, earthiness from the hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft carbonation

Overall Impression: Considering this ale only sports 3.4% ABV, it packs a malty and flavorful punch! Surprisingly complex and flavorful, this is highly indicative of the English brewing style-- finding ways to create flavorful beers without having to jack up body and ABV. Toffee and caramel flavors explode in the mouth and finish with a earthy bitter twinge. This is an ale that you could drink all night long, enjoy every last drop, and not stagger out of the pub drunkenly.

dwren89, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Dark amber, almost ruby coloured body with a small off-white head.
S: Rubbery and sulphury smelling.
T: Sharp and bitter. When chilled it's sulphury and slightly metallic. Warming up I get mild citrus and ginger beer in the aftertaste. The finish is quite bitter. Completely dry. The off smell doesn't go away until the beer is close to room temperature.
M: Actually very nice and light, and a bit frothy. Light carbonation and almost feels like it's been pulled from the cask.
O: Certainly not bad but not great. Low ABV ale gets much more flavourful than this.

Hoppsbabo, Saturday at 08:28 PM
Photo of gutbucket2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

A: amber, head lasts a short while, a little longer than some.
S: spicy hop and vegetables.
T; vegetal hop, quite sweet.
M: some mouth-coating, reasonable-lasting malt.
O: has some taste, also some stale in there.

gutbucket2, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance – Dark golden amber in colour with a medium head that vanishes quickly and leaves little to zero lacing.

Smell – To be honest this Bitter smells a little of wet dog and chocolate but do not let that put you off!

Taste – There is a depth of flavour in this one that is rather impressive. It starts off smooth at the front of the mouth but has bold bitter flavour on the back of the tongue. Coffee roasts like espresso with earthy hops and some notes of what I think may be citrus and toffee but it is hard to say because it is so dark and properly bitter that I drank this quickly enjoying it too much to really make notes on it properly.

Mouthfeel – Wonderfully astringent yet smooth with good body. This went down a treat.

Overall – A very complex Bitter with a lot of character and a well-balanced, ever changing flavour. I liked this one a lot so I drank it almost forgetting to make my normal notes. If you want to try and rate a good bitter I recommend this one.

BeerDrinkersWorldTour, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Tipper27
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Tipper27, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of RichardMNixon
4.1/5  rDev +9%

Served on cask in Philly. Pours light amber with an almost grapefruit-like hue and the thick creamy head of cask beer. Nose has faint whiffs of biscuits and toast. Taste is surprisingly fruity with back current of woody tannins. Body is thin but supported by the nice carbonation from the cask. Both that and the cask temperature were a huge compliment to the beer; it would have been a far lesser beer served cold from a keg.

RichardMNixon, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

steverx8, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Mariozi
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Mariozi, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

patre_tim, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of MechMessiah
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

MechMessiah, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Iaido
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Iaido, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of MisledTitan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MisledTitan, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Mr_Pink_152, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of BumpkinBrewer
4.25/5  rDev +13%

BumpkinBrewer, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of dsolonenko
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

dsolonenko, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of hansavijaticar
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

hansavijaticar, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of cervezango
3/5  rDev -20.2%

cervezango, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Robert-Simmonds
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Robert-Simmonds, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of cambabeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

cambabeer, Jun 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

magpieken, Jun 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

pin, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

BKLRIBS, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

KiltedCulinarian, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Handpump halfpint from a fresh cask at the Eagle and Child in Oxford.

A: Clean bright chestnut body with a creamy finger of tan head. Lovely.

S: Very fresh aroma of floral hops, mild fruit, and nutty malt. Restrained but pleasant and complex.

T: Follows the nose. Great balance of leafy hops and toasty, nutty malts. Clean bittersweet finish. Simple, yet distinct in it s freshness. One of the best Bitters I've had this year.

M: Light-bodied with similar carbonation. Could use a bit more on either front, but it goes down easy.

O: Great session ale, period. I'm not surprised that bottles aren't as good, but on cask near the source this was a real treat.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of rulisekmartin
4/5  rDev +6.4%

rulisekmartin, Feb 26, 2013
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Brakspear Bitter from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
85 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.