British Bulldog | Half Pints Brewing Company

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British BulldogBritish Bulldog

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bottle conditioned Real Ale version of Half Pints' Bulldog Amber Ale using all British ingredients, including floor malted Marris Otter, East Kent Goldings Hops and Ringwood yeast. The beer is labeled and boxed with the regular Bulldog Amber Ale logos. The 6-packs are individually marked with a black felt pen "British".

Added by kjyost on 11-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by joemcgrath27:
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4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props again to my BA Bro andrenaline for have the foresight to ask some folks from Winni making the trip to Calgary make a stop at Half Pints on his behalf, and then making trades!
A - a dark swamp hazy copper amber with a mountain of off white head that retained for a looong time
S - a sweet candied fruit mix with bready malt, molasses, herbal hops, and cedar
T - sweet fruity yeast notes of cherry and pear, a bready malt with a caramel hint, finishing with a herbal hop presence
M - creamy with a carbonation tingle, finishing with a nice bitter fitting the style
D - I like bulldog, but this is a cut above, the flavour mix and balance is outstanding, if you read the BA description of ESB, this could easily be the first beer on the list

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
1.33/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle received from kjyost and poured in to point glass

A - Poured a hazy medium amber colour with a ridiculous amount of fluffy off-white head that was so out of control that even with an extremely slow pour, I had to scoop most it off the top just to fit the entire beer in to the glass. Some sediment was visible as well, which I thought was odd given the style.

S - Sweet with a sort of funky/sour smell to it. Almost smelled like a Belgian Ale with some brett. Some floral notes and caramel.

T - Sour and funky. Some bitterness is evident as well as a general sweetness but the sourness really dominates this one and basically ruins the beer. This one has clearly gone bad.

M - HEAVILY carbonated. Hard to drink.

O - I debated whether to post this review given that this beer has obviously gone bad. That said, this is the second time I have had a bad bottle of HP beer (and I have only ever had about 10 bottles of their beer) and perhaps these guys have some QC issues that they need to be made aware of.

Would love to try a proper bottle of this and will replace this review if I ever get a hold of one again.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty stoked that I was able to get my hands on a 6-er of this stuff, privileged almost!

A - Pours a hazy brown colour (reminiscent of swamp water), finger of off-white head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Citrus hops and lemon iced tea came through off the top, but a fruity presence is also quite dominant with apple and pear followed by sweet caramel.

T - The yeast definitely comes through and it was much more bitter than expected. A bready wheat flavour lingers with caramel, and grassy hops also coming through. Caramel popcorn comes to mind with this one.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth with the slightest dryness on the finish. Perfect for the style.

D - This is a much more flavourful offering than the traditional Bulldog, but I'm inclined to do a double-taste-test trying to sample both at the same time. Tasty?, absolutely, and highly recommended to anyone who can get their hands on a bottle!

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Photo of kjyost
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bulldog is not one of my favorites that Half Pints puts out (actually I can't think offhand the last time I bought it), but I am always interested in a new recipe, so here it is in front of me...

Served at cask temperature in a beer mug.

A: Holy heck, this makes the beer. Amber to red-gold, maybe a bit cloudy, but there is a head that is sitting there and stays and stays and stays forever as a 1/2 cm tall cap. Only knock here is a lack of lacing with a head this beautiful.

S: Fruity aromas with a bready malt underneath. A touch of earthiness beneath it.

T/M: The body is dominated by fruity esters, likely from the yeast. Over time you get to taste the bready malts which make the body of the beer a little viscous and enjoyable. The carbonation is light and plays really well with the body of the beer. Well done, but the fruitiness really needed to knocked down a little to be good or great.

D: This beer at cask temperature could disappear without you realizing it...

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Photo of oakbluff
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle- dark amber, decent clarity and frothy white head. Nose- fruit, dark breads. Taste - very bready and the fruitiness of the nose carries through in the taste. Some woodiness and herbal balance from the english hops. Carbonation is lighter than standard HP offerings

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British Bulldog from Half Pints Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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