Bailout Bitter | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Bailout BitterBailout Bitter

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BDTyre on 12-20-2008

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 24
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: Bottle

S: Straw and corn husk, fields of wild greens, fruit stems, fresh light toast, punky wood.

T: Smooth and pure bread notes up front with a touch of floral and herbal notes. Neither sweet nor bitter. Fairly thick body and slightly oily. In the middle it has a deep, but not too intense, resiny, oily, grassy, herbal bitterness. Malts sweeten to match maintaining the bread but adding a touch of caramel. Some yeastiness comes in which continues to the finish which is a little dry and grassy bitter with lingering oily/musky herbs.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this a long while back but didn't take any rating notes, but I know its a tasty treat so got another big bottle
A - clear golden with a tall fluffy white head, left some random sticky lacing
S - smells of a distinct crips pilsner hop odour, light orange citrus, toasty grains, and a peppery note
T - a very saaz hop taste of crisp grassiness, moves to a more herbal hop taste with a toasty and toffee malt character, with the grassy hop taste lingering
M - light with medium carbonation, thin smoothness, finishing dry and nicely bitter
O - it starts like a pilz and ends with a very ESB character, and that mix makes it both very tasty, drinkable, and interesting. I hope that they have decided to keep this in the regular rotation.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 1L swing-top with a friend. Man, I wish it were easier to find beers like this. It's drinkable, balanced, fresh, and damned tasty. The malts brings dry bready toast character with light hints of caramel malt sweetness. The hops are grassy and floral with a lemony edge. This is a great full-flavored session beer. More please.

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3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - I bought this bottle totally off the label. "Bailout Bitter." Love it. Poured into a stein, golden to copper color, transparent with a quarter inch of head that quickly sank into the beer.

S - Malty smell, wet hay and honeysuckle.

T - Slight sweetness and quickly followed by a moderate bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Light body and moderate carbonation that dances in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable and sessionable bitter. Nothing fancy, just a good beer.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber appearance with lots of head that rapidly disappears. Aroma is citrus and grainy with a hint of caramel.

Taste is similar to the smell, lots of citrus and caramel malt. Picked up bread and bitter hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation, very crisp. Aftertaste is bitter and malty.

Overall, interesting taste and drinkable. The label alone gives it character and temptation to get it. If you can pick it up before it goes off the shelves, you should experience it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma is grain, lemons and oranges. There is a lot of hop aroma in this for an ESB, but it doesn't meld together all that well.

The flavor is not quite like the aroma. The two main flavor components are grain and lemons. Very low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Each style of beer, like our own genetics, is built on a plan coded by genes (which, for beer, could be considered the ingredients: malts, hops, etc). The nature and ratio of those ingredients (mineral content in the water, the characteristics of different yeasts, etc) determine everything that define the beer - how it looks, smells, tastes, etc.

But each recipe is liable to change every time it's copied. These slight variations distinguish one country or region's brewing traditions from the other, allow for creative interpretation and, again like our own genetics, increase the chances of survival by distinguishing itself for natural selection (which, in this case, means being selected off the shelf).

Adding copious amounts of fruity, piny hops to traditional styles is one such change to beer's "genes", and is part of a new movement that rules in many places, the United States first and foremost, although other countries around the world now too. It has yet to *really* catch on in Canada, but it seems to have in Squamish, British Columbia.

Pink, fruity bubblegum, gooey pine serum and spruce tips are sure indicators. These notes are present not only in smell but in taste as well. Accompanied by toffee and rich malts they make for a flavour that is so big it spills over into the mouthfeel, with sharp acidity and caramel sweetness sweeping over the palate like windshield wipers.

The more I drink the more I like this beer. I readily accepted its light copper colour and puffy head as attractive, but only now can I see the allurement of its intricate lacing. I wouldn't mind the entire 1 liter bottle to myself and only wish I could go back to the store for another. If I were Howe Sound I'd consider this as a possible flagship brand.

Bailout Bitter and this brewery's Devil's Elbow IPA are clearly cousins under the skin. Both are emphatically hoppy variations on classic English styles and point to a new, exciting, far more brazen character of Canadian brewing. These 'genetic mutations' inevitably give them an inherent advantage to traditional (read: less characterful, more mundane) offerings.

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3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1L swingtop thanks to Nanoslug.

Pours a great clear golden color with a large creamy white head that lasts.

Slightly grainy aroma with floral hops and pale malt.

Not too sweet on the flavor. Pale malt, grain, floral hops, and a little earth.

Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. A little hoppy bite.

Drinkable. Another good beer from an unheralded style.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this once before, but hadn't reviewed it. Looking forward to re-living the experience, as it was quiote memorable the first time I tried it.

A - Pours a hazy golden colour, thumb of head with great retention and a nice amount of bubbly lacing left behind.

S - Scents are nicely balanced between hops and malts, bit of citrus and pine notes with a brown sugar and caramel finish.

T - Hops are very nice on this one, and stronger than I remember from the past. Pine and citrus are quite prominent, and the malts are nicely balanced with some candy apple flavours coming through. The finish is a bit woody, and lingers for a while.

M - Very light and bubbly, and goes down smooth. Nice carbonation level, doesn't explode into large bubbles, rather it bubbles finely on the tongue.

D - This was even better than I remember, and it was a truly memorable drink. Will definitely be getting this again, and it's the perfect bevy for sharing coming in the trusty flip top 1L bottle.

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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I missed the chance to try this beer on my recent trip to Vancouver, but was pleasantly surprised to find this available in Orange County. 1 liter flip-top bottle, on to the beer:

A little darker than yellow in color. The head is small, but does have a creamy texture and good head retention. The lacing it leaves is also noteworthy; rings of creamy lace. There's some pine, a little diacetyl, fruity esters...they're there, just sniff harder.

The northwest hops are noticable in this bitter. It's a well structured beer, balanced between the malt and hops. Lemongrass, hints of citrus, floral, a little diacetyl and hop bitterness that stick to the palate and linger. It's smooth on the palate, creamy, and not flat, but you don't seem to feel the carbonation.

Good easy drinking beer right here. Expensive at $12 for one liter, but that doesn't change the fact that this is good stuff.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/apricot with a big, billowy head. Decent retention and lacing. The nose is bright, with light traces of yeast, grains, fresh bread and dry, grassy hops. ESBs are all about balance, and this beer gets it. Grassy and floral, with a mild, thin line of yeast in the back palate. Touches of lime play nicely against caramel malts. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp. The end result is a beer that is alternately bitter and smooth, with a clean, crisp finish.

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Photo of prosper
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a 1L growler combo-bottle - has a swing-top cap, AND a crown cap. Interesting bottle.

Pours an orangey-gold, slightly hazy, with an orangey-tan head.

Smells like tart malts, with slight fruitiness - tangerine/apricot.

tastes of light caramel malts, with a distinct biscuit/toastyness to it. Pleasantly bitter - definitely balanced toward the bitter. Candy-like fruitiness - orange marmalade from the hops and juicy-fruit from yeasty esters.

Mouthfeel is medium full, and slightly sticky. Seems like this one was mashed warm and fermented with a relatively low attenuation yeast.

Drinkability is pretty good. Tasty and satisfying. It's a good bitter, but - not really very 'british' in character. It has all the right elements - british hops, biscuitty malts, flavourful yeast - but something's just missing. It's still an excellent beer nonetheless

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Bailout Bitter from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 37 ratings