Doom Bar Bitter | Sharp's Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sharp's Brewery
England, United Kingdom
sharpsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
186
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
15.25%
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of Noisy_21
1.04/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Awful bland beer

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Photo of jmckenna15
1.77/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

It had a great color of a cask ale, maroon, transparent, but not watery, decent head. I was looking forward to it, but when i drank it....it had almost no flavor whatsoever. It was watery, had no real personality, reminded me of dishwater almost. Should've gotten a Stella instead.

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Photo of Ant777uk
1.9/5  rDev -44.3%
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...

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Photo of Tickon
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of arkanu
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hunteraw
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of shivtim
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can't get my head round this bitter. I have now tried it in three different pubs and it hasn't got any better than when I first had it.

This last pint (well I had 2 actually) was pulled at a remote Shropshire pub on my way to The Seven Valley Railway CAMRA beerfestival.

True amber in colour, with a good white head, the beer looks fine.

The aroma to me has always been caramel and hops, these two pints were no change.

The beer just doesn't taste right to me, too sweet, especially in the aftertaste. it has an almost sickly smooth feel to it, very strange for an English bitter.

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Photo of Trizzle
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Apparently one of the most popular bitters in the uk.

Golden Amber, clear with minimal head that disappears quickly.

Nice subtle hint of brown sugar and cigar smoke. Not a lot here.

Flavour is dry up front, phenolic sweet and a touch cloying through the middle. Finishes tart and a touch sweet. Not offensive, not real real crash hot either.

Malt is thin, carb is non existent. Quite astringent.

Sweetish, thin and flat so easy to slam if you're into that. May explain it's popularity.

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Photo of JRaburn
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of biernack
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of stevoj
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of RangeRooney
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hanglow
2.83/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Jenno10
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of interzen
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of qrazvan
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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

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Photo of AuntBea
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of jmccraney
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of needMIbeer
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Drummermean
3/5  rDev -12%

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Doom Bar Bitter from Sharp's Brewery
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