Doom Bar Bitter | Sharp's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sharp's Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

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

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Reviews:
42
Ratings:
174
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
31.09%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 174
Photo of stcules
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light copper colour, with a finger of white fluffy foam, creamy (as in English pump do).
In the nose affects the hop with earthy notes and orange marmalade (perhaps a bit of salty taste), and then something that reminds the redcurrants and the resin feel.
In the mouth the taste is full and sweet (perhaps too), with an earthy hops, and with hints of hazelnut and orange (always jam), perhaps too direct and sharp. In the long run is not as soft as it may seem at first sip.
The aftertaste (rather short) has hints of orange and hazelnut on a malty basis perhaps too pushy, but overall enjoyable.
In the long run could become a little heavy, so to avoid on summer days, but interesting at other times.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Lucky Shag in Perth.

Pours a deep, slighty hazed bronze colour, with a off-which but creamy English head. Beautiful lace forms as this collapses. Looks good.

Nose is quite mild, with a touch of earthy organic English hops and some deep, hidden but relatively sweet malt and a touch of minerals. Nice enough. Mild, but nice.

Taste is also smooth and mild without ever offering much more than that. Bit of malt sweetness coming through but very minimal body and an earthy finish. Feel is exceptionally thin for what it is.

It's drinkable enough, and decent enough. Not huge, but smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served a dark amber with a nice head and lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with fresh grain mixed in. Smells inviting.

T: Has a nice bitterness with some malt sweetness. Finish is quite dry with just a touch of bitterness.

F: Light body, smooth and refreshing.

O: Good session beer. Not overwhelming but was well worth trying.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had in the Victoria Arms pub, Brentwood, Essex, UK recently.

Pours with a nice head, into a regular pint glass.

Smell is nice, more malty than hoppy, how a bitter should be.

Tastes perfect for a bitter, not strong, very well balanced and extremely drinkable.

This is a true british session beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpump halfpint at the Volunteer.

A: Clear, dark amber body with a 1/2" head of creamy off-white foam. Nice retention and lacing. Attractive ale.

S: Piney, herbal, and aromatic, with good interplay of hops and biscuity malt. Good intensity, but also good balance.

T: Biscuity malt dominates here, with the grassy, herbal hops taking a (far) back seat. Smooth, but not as complex as the aroma promised.

M: Smooth and soft with low, understated carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This beer was on cask seemingly everywhere in London, and it's just about as boring and crowd-pleasing as that fact suggests. I wish the hops had been as prominent in the flavor as they were in the aroma, but sweetness aside this was a thoroughly decent, drinkable session beer. Worth trying.

Cheers!

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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 jonb5
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint, dark brown mahogany colour, hazy. No head. Had a sweet wheaty smell. Some kentish or sussex hops.Tasted very slightly of cherries. Medium bitter, not too sweet. Medium mouthfull, no real fiz decent bitter to session, but not complex. Overall good.

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Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark hazy amber beer, an off-white head, leaving good lacing.

The smell is rather weak, mainly some grass notes, fresh and dry, from the hops.

The taste is from sweet bread, green apples accompanied by a good bitterness.

Low carbonation, soft with small bubbles, a dry finish.

Good taste and refreshing, i.e. a good beer. On-tap at The Porcupine at Charing Cross Rd.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/19/10 notes. Had on cask at The Wellington in London.

a - Pours an amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes bitter, and of caramel and bready malts.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A nice ESB I was glad I got to try. Pretty generic overall but enjoyable. Would drink again.

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Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant surprise! Poured with a small light tan to cream colored head with lots of lace. Color is a very clear medium amber. Aroma is woody, leather, hoppy, a little malt, and earthy. Flavor's similar to aroma and with richer malt plus a good malt sweetness to hop bitterness balance. Great British hop character. Very good beer. Excellent finish. Clean. Definitely a session.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Crown, Victoria Park, London.

Pours dark orange with some white lace. Nutty nose. Apple malts with twig and tea leaf hops. Medium with some stickiness.

A plain old pint of bitter; no trouble to sip but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Station Inn, Whitby... pint served at cellar temperature...

Poured a light coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to light layer... light lacing

Aroma - Light caramel malts, nice biscuity notes, fruity (oranges, apples, light figs), buttery, light nuttiness, some light fruity hops, faint rubberiness...

Taste - Nice spicy and herbal hop bitterness, light biscuity and caramel malts, grassy, some grapefruit notes, citrus fruits, light saltiness..

Feel - Quite smooth initially but with a little sharpness underneath. Light bodied. Pretty drinkable - would make a pretty good session beer...

Overall - A pretty good beer... nothing ground breaking but very drinkable... worth a try...

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin white head. Head thins to a wisp, but leaves lacing.

The smell is of buttered biscuit with tea leaf, slight orange. It has a pleasantly inviting aroma.

The taste is of buttered biscuit with some sweetness and a touch of herbal bitterness and slightly orange-y tartness in the finish.

It is velvety smooth and pleasant.

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Photo of rizzo
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like the Cornish Coaster, I really enjoyed this one from Sharp's. Had this out of a gravity fed cask at the Bree Louise near Euston Station. Dark amber in colour, with plenty of resinous hop aroma and flavour. Big malt backing and full mouth feel. It being a rare sunny day in London and the beer a little warmer than an Aussie is use to, I found the 4% alcohol less drinkable than some of the other Ales I sampled.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a CAMRA beer of the year (2004) award is promising, but also raises the bar of expectations .... but this brew doesn't need to hide itself... medium bodied but fully flavored and balanced, resinous spices overshadowed by a palate of succulent dried figs and mangos ... great cornish ale ....

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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 wl0307
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer alongside Sharp's Cornish Coaster at the Pakenham Arms pub on Calthorpe St., London.

A: light amber hued, with great clarity, a nice thin foamy head leaving very tight lacing along the way. Very low carbonated.
S: lightly apple-ish aromatic and earthy hoppyness with a touch of hay, in fact the nose is blocked by the hoppy entry and couldn't pick up any assertive maltiness. But the pronounced hoppyness is kept to a simplistic level and not overdone.
T: citrusy hoppyness (lemon peel) on the palate, on top of slightly biscuity malts--more citrusy+tannic characters to follow, like orange seeds, with a vinous touch as well, leading to an herbal hoppyness in the good lingering deep bitter finish.
M&D: light-bodied and very lively-textured. It's a easy-drinking standard bitter that is not to excite but to quench one's thirst. Good quality though.

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