Doom Bar
Sharp's Brewery

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Bitter - English
Ranked #224
Ranked #46,584
3.47 | pDev: 14.7%
Sharp's Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: Doom Bar is inspired by its namesake, the treacherous sandbank at the mouth of the Camel Estuary near Sharps' home at Rock. Accomplished and precise, Doom Bar is the epitomy of consistency, balance and moreish appeal and is now the UK's no.1 selling cask beer.

An enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes. The mouth feel is a balanced, complex blend of succulent dried fruit, lightly roasted malt and a subtle yet assertive bitterness. The finish is dry and refreshing.

ABV: 4.0% (cask), 4.3% (bottle)
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep amber coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of biscuity, slightly grainy malt and grassy, herbal hops, with just a hint of citrus coming through. Taste is a good balance of biscuity, slighty grainy malt and grassy, herbal hops, with some citrus and just a hint of pine also coming through. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some biscuity, grainy malt and herbal, citrus hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and amedium carbonation.

This is a pretty mild, crisp and clean Bitter that's quite refreshing and easy-drinking, with a good balance of biscuity and slightly grainy malt and grassy, herbal hops, with some lighter accents of citrus and pine adding a little zest here and adding to the refreshing feel of this.

Jun 12, 2020
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HeyJude1963 from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to try this beer whilst in Port Isaac, Cornwall, both from the cask and the can. Needless to say, the cask version is hands-down the winner; the two taste completely different. Caramelly, malty, and dang near perfect if you prefer ale to any other kind (which I do).

Jul 10, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cask amber bitter and a fine one, i love how wide the selection of real ale is in england, and i drank up as many different ones as i can like a greedy fish. this is about what you would expect, drier than american amber types, plenty of body considering its low abv, and almost entirely malt driven, without much from the yeast and little more than a touch of bittering hops there at the end, its kind of like a sandwich with no mean in it. its a little bland on its own maybe, toasted grain and minerals, but with the context of a fresh meat pie covered in peas and gravy and all the traditional works, it does a lot better, cleaner and lighter than the food but not so heavy as to be additionally filling. the cask dispense really makes this, and im not sure how i would feel about it from the bottle or in another format, the creaminess and relaxed texture is really key, and extends an otherwise somewhat uneventful glass of beer. it doesnt warm up super well, so the first half of the glass was better than the second, but this was a fun one to try, and really made me feel like i was not in the states anymore. i did not however go back for a second one...

May 03, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, amber in color with one third inch head. Taste is toasted malt, tea, and honey. Light bodied, medium light carbonation, sweet. Nice and malty English treat.

Jul 20, 2018
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Spike from England

2.79/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From a 500ml, clear glass bottle.
L: Clear, amber colour with no carbonation and a thin head.
S: Faint biscuit.
T: Light, caramel malt with faint, grassy hops. Dry rather than bitter.
F: Thin body with light carbonation. Very short finish.
O: Spectacularly ordinary bitter. Not much of anything going on. Drab.

From label: “brewed in Burton Upon Trent in partnership with Molson Coors”. So not actually from Sharp’s Brewery in Cornwall. Not really the same beer at all.

Oct 27, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask.

Dark, cola-colored brew, with a creamy beige head.

Mild aroma: fruitcake and dark bread.

Toffee, toast, and caramel; biscuit and brown sugar; cola and prunes; restrained bitterness with slight hints of grass and pine. Malt focused; a touch sweet, but fairly balanced.

Smooth, very drinkable.

Jul 25, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cask at The Sanderling, Glasgow Airport, Scotland

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a bit stronger flavors of toasted malts along with faint hints of fruity yeast and a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodies on the palate and is a little thin and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is perfectly sessionable.

Serving type: cask

Jul 04, 2016
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap (cask) served in a shaker pint glass at The Carpenter's Arms in Windsor.

Appearance: Bright amber, tinting toward dark. Thick white head and lots of persistent lacing in thick sheets.

Smell: Very little aroma, maybe a bit of toasted malt.

Taste: Mild. Toasted malt, hint of caramel. Steely/English hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a bit thicker than water, but not my much. A bit chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: Tasty, but mild. Nothing special. Went well with food (grilled chicken, salad, and fries). Finished it off easily but I think I'd get something else next time. Good looking beer though.

Jul 01, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a 2014 visit and was glad I found it again in this 2019 visit. I am glad to re-rate Doom Bar upwards now that I know more about them and I have matured and can appreciate "moreish" (their word the subtleties of their bitter.) Sharp's is a regional brewery dedicated to what makes the Cornwall region different, including the natural elements and their Cornish kitchen. At it since the 1990s, I give Sharp's some Big OA Hugs since I may never make it to Cornwall again.

Doom Bar Looks the part, although its amber seems dull. Smells are mostly malt, as it should be. The sweet malt has just enough hops for balance. It sits in my mouth OK and I can feel how the bubbles work to clean the palate for more food.

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", I'm thinking Doom Bar probably deserves to be on the list.

May 11, 2016
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Hanglow from Scotland

2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear amber, pin bright, decent head that subsides very quick

Metallic aroma, some caramel, touch of spice and a bit of sick. Yes sick, this is bottled too

Flavour is a bit better, fair amount of spice . Decent carb, low/med body, slightly dry, hint of bitterness. Not much sweetness.

Not particularly good although better than John Smiths, Boddingtons et al.

On cask it is better, much more fruity from the yeast but still a bit of a shame that this is supposedly the best selling ale in the uk.

Apr 10, 2016
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Ant777uk from England

1.9/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Reviewing the bottle, serving it chilled as recommended.

Looks fine, nothing special, aroma of barley malt...

I am certian that this is different from the cask version in pubs, which I quite like.

Not much flavour to taste, after 6 months of drinking Belgian beers. As a chilled amber ale, it's taste is certainly better than the mass-produced lagers, as there is some bitterness at least. However, overall flavour is quite simple, watery and uninspiring...

Apr 08, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled, 4.3% ABV. Clear amber color with a bit of beige head. Aroma has toasted malts and some earthy hops, not much going on here. Taste has toasted malts, bread crust, a bit of caramel/burnt sugar and a hint of hops on the finish. Not really sweet or bitter, quite watery. Light body with low carbonation. It doesn't have any off-tastes but it's really generic and boring overall.

Apr 05, 2016
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had Doom Bar pulled from cask into pint tumbler in London.

This self-proclaimed "exceptional amber ale," which is more of a dark mild than a bitter, is Britain's most popular and controversial beer. Not sure why either is true, actually.

Feb 04, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Perhaps this better as a cask ale. Oveall seems flat and unlively, flavor is OK but rather bland. Almost no head to speak of. Mouthfeel is slick with a little lingering bitterness. Just average.

Jan 13, 2016
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djura from Serbia

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 0,5 l

A - Amber, white foam, stay for minute. Few bubbles.
S - Caramalt with some cherry like fruit.
T/M - Bitter finish, burned sugar, some sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O - A bit aromatic, too much carbonated. Average.

Jul 05, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From cask at Heathrow. Pours a mostly clear darker amber color with white head. Caramel malts and cereal grains on the nose with just a little grass; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little bitterness and some malt balance.

Jun 12, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is wood, dark grains and a little plum.
The taste is wood, mild fruit and lemon bitterness.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.

May 09, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask, pulled into an imperial pint glass. Nice mild, pleasant aroma and flavor. Amber colored, bready flavor, good balance. Easy to drink, fairly tasty.

May 03, 2015
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interzen from England

2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle served into a standard nonic pint glass.

Look: A sort of dirty, coppery colour prior to pouring (ships in a clear bottle, which is fairly rare for well-known reasons). Loose, slightly tan head which fizzles out to a foam cap fairly quickly.

Smell: Malt and diacetyl - there's definitely a buttery vibe to this which, whilst not necessarily unpleasant, is definitely there.. The bottle tasting notes proclaim "an enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes". I'm getting one of those and that's about it.

Taste: Malt, butter and a cursory trace of bitterness in the finish. I'm inclined to go with others when I say that this feels more like a lager than a bitter.

Feel: Slightly insipid - not an excessive amount of carbonation but otherwise it's pretty boring. Small amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, but nothing to shout about.

Overall: This is another fairly ubiquitous brew locally and one of the few bitters I've found in clear bottles - I'm wondering whether or not this is a factor in the excessive amount of diacetyl flavours I noticed, because this beer really doesn't do much for me out of the bottle. Draught might be a different matter (less chance of being light-struck, for a start) so there may be a case for having this on draught and re-reviewing. All in all, disappointing.

Jan 18, 2015
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BeerDrinkersWorldTour from Northern Ireland

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Presentation - Served into a pint glass from a clear glass 500ml bottle. I always fear the beer in a clear bottle!

Appearance - Dirty amber coloration like muddy water, skinny head that dies quickly to lace and does not stick to the glass.

Smell - smells very grainy with barley malt and little else.

Taste - This beer is grainy and malty in taste as well as smell. for a bitter this beer tastes oddly like a lager. That is not a good thing and means the beer is completely off style.

MF - Cloying but has no aftertaste.

Overall - This beer seems to be everywhere now. I have had great experiences with the brewery's other beers but this one was a complete let down. The smell and taste are closer to lager than anything else and the mouth feel is plain annoying, but the actual taste is not too bad if you just imagine you are drinking a lager

Dec 28, 2014
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charlatan from Scotland

3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer which seems to have become ubiquitous in the last couple of years. Pours from 500ml bottle a dark amber colour with minimal head (or maybe that was down to a poor pour). The nose is malty, brown sugar, toffee and carrot. Tangy beer with a fruity start becoming sweeter and a rather metallic finish. Definitely malt dominated and less salty than I recall the cask version being. Not unpleasant but could do with more assertive hops.

Jul 20, 2014
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Malt_Man from England

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served cold from clear 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Medium copper colour, half an inch of white head that disappears quickly.

S) Served cold, so not getting much.

T) Pretty weak flavours. Light caramel malt, light fragrant hops. No aftertaste, which is a bad thing for beer in my opinion.

M) Moderately carbonated and fairly thin, typical of the style.

O) Not as good as I remember it from drinking previously. Will buy it again, maybe this is an off batch or drinking it cold is muting the flavours.

Jul 11, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on cask bottle and can going back from when the pretty much started brewing filling them in said vessels
now more malt and losing that taste of cornwall but still decent

Nov 01, 2013
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sleazo from New York

3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Shipwrights Arms

A_Burnt copper with a nice creamy off cream head. Nice lacing.

S__light mineral notes up front followed by a nice vegetal hop aroma

T_Solid bread like character upon first sip leading to a slow growing bitterness. Notes of grass and a copper.

M_Smooth and slightly creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation for a cask ale.

O_I have had a few of these here and I have enjoyed them quite a bit. A nice easy drinking ale with a lot of flavor.

Aug 04, 2013
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vinicole from England

3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Medium amber. Thick frothy and lasting head.
Caramel malt on the nose. English hop present.
Hops balance the sweet malt when tasted. Biscuit flavour noted.
Medium body and carbonation.
Not as good as it once was as an independent brewer and much better on draught.

Jul 07, 2013
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