Arbor Brewing Huxell Best Bitter | Arbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beernut7 on 07-30-2002

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Shovelbum:
Photo of Shovelbum
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Imperial pint glass. Minimal head- possibly due to the bartenderÂ’s pour- however the lacing was still excellent. The Body was slightly hazy and a beautiful golden orange.

The aroma is laden with floral hops.

Floral hops are also right upfront in the taste and provide a substantial citrus bitterness. There is a hint of malt in the finish.

Light carbonation makes this beer light in the mouth and smooth going down.

This guy packs a big flavor punch considering its modest alcohol level. The bitterness is not overwhelming and considering the flavor to ABV ratio it makes for an excellent session beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - Dec 20, 2007. Light bread sugar and spicy English hop aroma. Airy and enjoyable. Pours a weighted gold, with no head. On the tongue, it moves gracefully with sprightly bright sugars balanced by the really nice spicy hop flavor, oaky bitterness, and mineral qualities. Very fresh tasting hop flavor, not too bitter. This beer moves as very dry and clean. Nice hop work in a deliciously drinkable style. Not thin, either, for the light weight.

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Photo of BSquareyou
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of RichieS2
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from the taps @ ABC into a 16 oz tulip pint glass.

Appearance - A bit confusing, from the color I could have sworn it was a pilsener, it was a light, golden yellow. Yet there was very little carbonation.

Smell - This was not confusing at all; the hops were obvious giving the beer a light, floral scent.

Taste - Excellent, the hops were there at first taste to dance on the tongue and provide character before the clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Very watery, again this is the part of the beer that I confused with pilsener.

Drinkability - The alcohol is barely there, its very light both in color and body and it tastes great. This is in my humble opinion the most drinkable beer on the ABC menu, if you are a hop-lover that is.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Arbor Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of floral, citrus and somewhat 'leafy'. Tastes of the same floralness, lightly spicy, and light caramel. Thinner body. Medium bitter finish.

Notes from 5/6/06

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another lower ABV beer from Arbor Brewing, but a solid one nonetheless. Pours out to a dark golden / brown haze with a smaller head of foam. Medium to medium low carbonation. Aromas of floral hops and herbs. Taste was rather robust for the style; malt, fresh spicy herbs, mild rye and grain notes, some grapefruit notes. Mouthfeel was ok, but a touch more carbonation would have really spruced this one up. Drinkability is good. Another sessioner's dream come true. Recommended.

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Photo of ken3c
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is golden in color and has a big foamy head that contracts to whisp of foam by the end of the glass. There is plenty of lacing.

There is a slight smell of resiny hops.

There is plenty of taste for such a small beer. It's very bitter but not unpleasantly so. There is just a hint of sweetness.

It's quite light and well carbonated.

This beer is very drinkable and at 3.2%ABV, you can enjoy quite a few.

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Photo of TheConnMan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Botulizard
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beernut7
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a stale grassy aroma very unique to the style. Huge bitter flavors and just a hint of hop spice make this bitter very good. It is not too light and not at all offensive to the palate.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ChrisKayler
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of metacog42
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Proclarush
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chris1919
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of tmoneyba
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Arbor Brewing.

Poured hazy light amber color with a medium white head that diminshed slowly with fair lacing. Moderate toasted hoppy aroma. Medium to light body. Good flavor with a moderate bitter finish of long duration.

Above average bitter.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub: This brew is a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Slick lacing. Aroma of citrus, hops and toasted malt. Medium body and on the hoppy side, with notes of citrus and grainy malt mixed in. The finish is moderately bitter and leaves a flavorful hops aftertaste. This is a pretty good start to the sampling spectrum for this brewpub, especially considering the beer is less than 4%ABV.

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Photo of nomad
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light colored, quite pale straw-gold, this beer is often a little hazy but never worse than translucent. Pours with a well-retained head and superb lacing thank to the abundant hop oils.

Smell is all about the floral toned English hops: grainy, herbal, and almost smoky hay and dried flower notes are assertive and broad across the nose. Malt is a bit lost.

Taste is a strong mouth full of hops kicking with floral flavor. All out vegetal and spritely, almost salty in its strength. The malt is highly pale and completely a backdrop to the English hops barrage of potpourri. Drying, snappy, and just about chewy. Mouthfeel is surprisingly medium and rounded nicely, supporting the hops just enough and pulling the malt along to help in the very long, very drying finish.

If someone ever asked me, "What do you mean that hops taste and smell floral?," I'd point directly to this beer. Not a bad thing at all, quite tasty but a bit much to my tastes. Regardless, my complements to the brewer for making such a flavorful and complete beer at such an obscenely low gravity (3.25% abv). This is a truly well-brewed Ordinary Bitter.

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Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of aaronh
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly transparent golden color with just a hint of haze. Slight hop and caramel aroma. Aggressive citrus bitterness with little malt backbone. More reminiscent of a light APA than a best bitter. Mouthfeel is OK, as is the drinkability. The bitterness really lingers on the aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but not a great beer either.

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Arbor Brewing Huxell Best Bitter from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 24 ratings