Beast Bitter | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

very good
165 Reviews
Beast BitterBeast Bitter

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.54/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a hazy orange copper color. real thick white head. the aroma is fairly balanced, nothing special.

the taste is kind of non-descript. no hop flavor, no malt flavor, bland. no bitterness as expected. maybe this is a very old bottle, but there is no date on the bottle, so I have no idea.

body is medium, higher carbonation. drinkibility is low, an odd flavor. but I would try it again, as this appears to maybe be an old or off bottle.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a murky rust oragne with a 1/4 inch of tan foam that slowly disappeared

S - not alot of aroma, faint hints of citrus and come caramel malts

T - bit of a metallic taste, reminded me of what sucking on quarters must be like, very oxidized

M/D - foamy in the mouth, not very pleasant at all. I will not be trying this one again

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Photo of Viggo
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber/orange, thin white head forms, some spots of lace but it disappears pretty quick. Smell is lots of citrus hops, little bit of floral, acidic, some toffee/buttery malt, but mostly citrus. Taste is weird, tons of citrus, butter and toffee, weird medicinal bitterness, more citrus and acidity with a dry finish, unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carb, some residual sweetness. Not very good, overpowering bitterness.

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Photo of mickstepp
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up thinking that it would be a heavily hopped brew. Wrong. Typical golden/orange pale ale color. Thin head. Faint hop and malt aromas. Very faint hop taste and shallow almost scorched malt taste. A little thin on the palate. Not very satisfying on the whole. If they are going to compete in the hop monster category they're going to have to do a whole lot better than this. The name, the cute label and the misleading allusion to hop bitterness might draw the customer in initially but it won't get a second chance among most hopheads.

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Photo of goz
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium golden peach, with a medium white head that races to recede leaving just a small coating of bubbles, laces is mostly non-existent. Aroma is apple, caramel, some hops, and a bunch of butterscotch. Flavor is a bit fruity, strong butterscotch, and ends with a decent bitter and spicy hoppiness. Medium bodied, quite dry ending.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Beertruth.

Looks like a poor mans DIPA with a nice big thick head that slowly works its way back into the brew. Copper orange look.

Some spicy and sweet highlights, like Peking Duck.

Tastes a bit too hoppy for an ESB, also a little weak. I like my esb's creamier and richer.

Aftertaste like listerine with hops.

This beer is like a person with a spray tan. Unnatural looking and tasting.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy, amber color. Nose is a spicy malt. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with a mix of sweetness and hops very similar to Mordue Radgie Gadgie (a pale), hops start coming through at finish. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice light color with an OK head. A few trails of lacing. First wiff is very appealing. Strong grapefruit hops odor during the pour mixed with some piney notes. By halfway down the glass the smell has become mostly biscuity bready malts and is much less appealing. Taste is very earthy, with some hay like notes. And then i pick up that typical middle ages flavor, buttery and somewhat mettalic. I want to like their beers but they just don't do it for me. Not a terrible beer but what started out with such promise at first wiff from the bottle ended up dissapointing.

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Photo of sleazo
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a hazy amber/orange with a semi dense three fingered head. Retention is decent as is the lacing. The colour doesnt seem right for the style but it does look nice.

S_Citric hops with a tiny bit of malt. Almost soap like.

T_Fairly well balanced. Mildly bitter with those same hops, it interacts well with the slightly sweet caramel malt. Not too complex but fairly refreshing.

M_Thin bodied with a little too much carbonation.

D_This is a decent beer, but a so so ESB. Still I would not refuse one if offered. Doesn't quite live up to its brethren across the pond.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beertruth for this "throw-in."

Pours a fairly clear copper gold color. Rather pretty as the light refracts through the glass. Foam head that dissolves to a thinner island-like film in the glass. Nose is almost non-existent with just a slight hop presence.

Flavor is dead-on English bitter. Not heavy on the malts or hops until the finish when the hops just rise out of the back of the throat and waft to the forefront of the tongue. And then a water cracker-like finish comes out to balance off the bitterness. Fairly light body and nice to drink on a warm evening.

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Photo of bamadog
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerman207 for splitting this bottle with me. Review is from notes taken on 2/13/2010 and pured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cidery/apricot color with some hints of copper; no head to speak of; body is a little hazy and shows no carbonation whatsoever; no lacing is left behind, just a wash of thin oily residue.

Smell: Not especially strong, but quite interesting; a slighlty acidic tartness that is reminiscent of green apples; slightly sweet caramel presence and it's also mildly floral.

Taste: Definitely bitter, but not in an offensive manner -- more like bitter and acidic like green fruity apples and lightly balanced with some sweeter malts that allow the bitterness to linger throughout as opposed to taking over too much.

Mouthfeel: Flat, actually. Comes across pretty thin and watery as well, but the finish is nearly clean with just a faint bit of bitterness left behind on the palate.

Drinkability: Overall, I give it a 3 for drinkability as the flavors are interesting and I believe with a better mouthfeel, it would really bring out the flavors and smells a bit more.

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Photo of dfolmste
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beer pours a 3/4 inch head that quickly moves down to about 1/4. Medium carbonation. Hazy orange color. Lighter than I was expecting and a slightly better appearance than average. Lacing is nice.

Smell: Smells strongly of hops with fruit lingering underneath. I really like it.

Taste: The name does the taste justice, very bitter. Hoppy taste with a tinge of metallic. It is this metallic aspect of the taste that prevents me from enjoying this more. I like bitter beer, but this aftertaste holds me back.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong carbonation. Appearance was deceiving. Metallic taste even more apparent the longer the beer was held. Not that great.

Drinkability: The initial taste of the beer was great but the aftertaste really killed my opinion of this bitter. I would have another, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clean, clear golden body. Nice big creamy head that lasted. Very nice looking.

Smell: Plenty of crisp hop aroma. Quite buttery (diacetyls?) smell, took a little away from the cleanness of the hops.

Taste/feel: Very dry mouthfeel, almost makes you more thirsty as you drink. Good amount of sweetness, and real clean bitterness, though not a lot of hop flavor. Bitterness was a little too clean, very "sterile".

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Photo of Boto
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours with a huge head on it. The color is a slightly hazt, slightly darker golden color. The aroma is a bit floral with some sweetness in the background. The taste is a bit of a mish-mash of flavors. They all seems to collide and don’t balance well at all. Definitely bitter and dry at the end. OK, but I probably won’t be coming back to this one.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with 3 fingers of frothy khaki colored head. OK retention, spotty lacing. Smells of floral hops, caramel, bread dough, spices, and butter. Taste starts out with a touch of citrus before lots of caramel malt and bread take over. Finishes with spicy and earthen hops with lots of buttery notes. Medium in body with some fizzy carbonation. Lots of sweet malt and dough with a little bit of hop presence and odd butter flavors in the finish. Not very bittering, not one I would get again.

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Photo of aaronh
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy orange-amber body topped by a perpetual 1/4" puffy cream head. Aroma has nice tangerine hop notes, hints of floral and bubble gum as well. Flavor has a bit of bitterness up front, mostly pine rosin with a hint of citrus rind. A touch woodiness overshadows most of the malt, and it quickly leads to a dry finish edged with bitterness once again. A pithy grapefruit aftertaste lingers. Carbonation is a bit aggressive, almost abrasive. Drinkability is average. The least impressive offering I've had from Middle Ages, but still a good beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden amber ale with a foamy of white head, and some lace. The floral aroma of hops mixed with a sweet butterscotch backbone. A very strong bitter hop flavor with only the hint of sweetness along the sides of the tongue. The mouthfeel did seem a little watery at first. But after the hop pulverize your mouth it does'nt feel so pronounced.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some bitter, and malt and hops and yeast. OK bitter, somehow going off in different directions, drawn and quartered. Somewhat watery mouthfeel. Not best of the line, but not bad. Carbonation instead of high hops, unusual for the line. Golden with head.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off-white head. Burnt orange to pale copper in color.
Aroma dominated by a vinegary scent. Pale malt and hops underneath.

Taste shows a pale, caramel malt backbone. Floral hops provide a solid balance. Slight to moderate vinegar presence.

Solid mouthfeel.
Drinkability knocked down due to the vinegary notes.

Overall, a decent bitter. Thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle!

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Photo of Luchman
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very clear and thin orange/light amber color with just a tinge of yellow at the bottom. Atop sits a large and foamy white head.

S: Smell is very subtle and you have to dive in deep to get some results. Some slight hops, a little bit of lemon and some pale malts that give off a slightly bready note make up this smell. Nothing too exciting..

T: Taste is on the light bready side with a taste of yeast (ringwood I take it?) I still get a slight hint of that citrus/lemon note as well as those plain malts. Light and refreshing but ultimately plain..

M: Mouth feel fits the beer well. On the light/medium side with a medium carbonation that leaves crisp little bite to the taste.

D: Very easy to drink and somewhat refreshing. I wish the malts were a little bit more on the sweet side. Nothing bad but I wouldn’t purchase again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my SA Sensory Pint. Orange-amber in appearance with decent clarity. Half-inch off-white head quickly dissipated into a thin inconsistent skim with the remnants of foam mostly pooling around the edges. Lots of effervescence present in the glass. Virtually no lacing present during the tasting. Mild nose of hops and citrus. Hoppy flavor is significantly more pronounced and somewhat floral in the mouth. Citrus flavor reveals itself as grapefruit. Also detected a hint of apricot present as the brew warmed. Finish is somewhat astringent and lingers. Lively mouthfeel without the carbonation burn. I could see this as being a fairly drinkable brew; however, a little too hoppy for my taste.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber color that is quite hazy and almost opeuque. The head almost didn't exist. There was a clean grassy smell with subtle hints of sweetness. The taste was very much on the bready side with mild grain and hop tastes. It was also semi sweet. The aftertaste had a bitter kick to it. A good beer, but nothing to wow anyone.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw gold in color with a bit of a chill haze, nice finger high head of solidly firm froth that changed some as it drifted down, started whitish as a soft beige-like yellow but as it settled the yellow vanished and went greyish. A thin collar and broken, thickly webbed curtains of lace stick well around most of the glass. Aroma has a very dulled lemony citrus mixed with a grassy edge and just a tad on the dry side. Taste is a little short lived, mostly located mid palate to the finish is where most of the flavors decide to take effect with a slight sharp grassy hop bitterness with citrus and wood poking around the edges. Malts come through light but present with a dryness of paper. Not all that appetizing to me for some reason, it picks up some strange notes of iced tea, watery cola, and cardboardish things as it warms. Feel is alright I guess, weakened front, thin and a tad watery, but the middle and finish gain some slight fullness and smudges of hopped bitterness and some light dryness fading off, but the thin/watery feel seems to stay within through out the stint of each sip and/or gulp. Nothing to get excited about here, slightly better then average for an ESB, but not by much in my book.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 08/23/11 notes. Received as an extra from SteelersX; thanks man! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and
moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass and little head retention.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, floral hops, and pale fruity malts. Some light fruit, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malys, pale malts, and some bready malts. Lightly bitter in the taste, but just a touch.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation; a touch too carbonated.

o - Overall a pretty nice ESB. Easy to drink and some light fruit with the light bitterness, would have it again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer w/o any freshness indicator. Pours light copper. White head leaving just a smidge of lace. Seems to lightly carbonated, medium body, Dry hoppy nose, perhaps a slight metalic note as well. Grainy, piney hoppyness noted up front, thin malt to the rear. Hops linger on the tongue through the finish. Slight metallic flavor note again lurks somewhere in this brew. Nothing super impressive here, but a middle of the road, passable ale.

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