Brakspear Bitter - W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Presentation: 500 ml brown bottle with a BB (Best Before) date jet printed on the neck of the bottle.
Appearance: Thin and inattentive off white lace that barely stays around. This ale is very clear with a bright shaded orangey copper hue.
Smell: Soft fruity and buttery aroma, some plum and lemon jump out amongst the stable malty nose. Faint woody hop in the nose behind the malt and yeast.
Taste: Moderate body with a supple smoothness, carbonation flows over the palate and prepares the tastes buds. A light maltiness cradles a growing hop presence with light bready and caramel tones. Hops evolve quickly on to the palate with a solid bitterness and lingering earthy and woody flavour. Yeast hands off a fruitiness that adds some serious depth to the brew, other than the mild buttery diacetyl it is quite a clean ale. Finishes dry with a lingering earthy hoppiness.
Notes: Quite an impressive little ale at 3.4% abv, the head retention has its problems but on a whole this is a stellar bitter. It was worth the 3.99 (I personally would not pay more) a pop and an ale to go back to when I crave a refreshing bitter.
Serving type: bottle
09-04-2002 18:26:07 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2013 14:27:54 | More by dwren89
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.
Serving type: cask
03-22-2013 01:46:46 | More by woosterbill
Brakspear Bitter from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.