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Butty Bach | Wye Valley Brewery

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Wye Valley Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 02-18-2003

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by dwarbi:
Photo of dwarbi
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very foamy, perfectly white head. It does not fade much at all. Very solid lacing. The beer is dark red. the beer smells a little sour, but good. Likewise, the beer tastes sour, but good. Very pleasant mouthfeel. This is a good beer, but one is definitely enough.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my notes. Served from a cask into my Uprising Chalice. It has a very clear rusty orange color with a white foam head. There is very little lacing and no visible carbonation rising within the glass. It has a warm hop aroma. It smells musty, like it has been in this cask for a while--just like a UK real ale should. It has a mild hop flavor with a slight hop aftertaste. It's just what I expected when I ordered this beer. It has a light body and very little mouthcoating. There is a slight tinge of carbonation. This is a really great feeling, considering the style. I find this beer to be incredibly drinkable. The low ABV means you could enjoy pint after pint. The flavor is mild enough that it never gets old.

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Photo of jampics2
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask @ the Winking Lizard. This was a one day only thing and I had to try it, but I admit I didn't have high hopes. I was wrong!

Orangeish in color with a small white head.

Mild malt in the nose - caramel sweetness and a touch of crisp and earthy English hops.

Taste is great. Nice crisp, clean malt with a touch of grassy hops. Hints of bread crust.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for a cask.

Overall, this was great. I was pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light dull goleden with a big fluffy two finger head that leaves only a trace amount of lace as it settles into a creamy/frothy top,very light aromas some herbal,geranium-like hop but as I said light with a touch of mineral.Nice creamy mouthfeel but the flavors are pretty dull a little sweetness finishing with some herbalness but its faint."The friendly pint" says the label,well I can think of much more friendly pints but this is ok for what it is a sociable English ale.

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Photo of sponberg
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright gold, with a fine white head. An aroma of bready malt with hints of hops attracts your nose. Don't inhale, you'll drown.

Such a subtle, subtle beer - the tea-like malt character hides a gentle, underlying Goldings hop presence that is SO worth looking for. The hoppiness and bitterness increase at the end of the sip. Almost unbelievably drinkable - light to moderate body, almost perfectly constructed as a session beer. It tastes much more like an ordinary bitter than a pale ale IMO - the hops are not at all strong enough for an English pale ale, although the finish almost gets it there. Not huge, not a beer that grabs you by the tongue and slaps you around - just a brew that keeps your taste buds happy in a quiet way.

Note: I first tried this and got very little out of it. Then I had a bottle of Tank Dirty Blonde Lager (lost a bet), which has NO hops whatsoever. Then I had a second pint - and it revealed all of its flavor nuances so nicely.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark honey color. This ale is bottle conditioned, so the yeast sediment clouds the beer as the light tries to go through it. A large fluffy tan head forms, that continually grows as the pint was poured. As the beer sat, a valcano effect formed in the center of the head. The smell reminds me of the bottles of St. Pauli Girl I used to walk out to my Dad while he was working outside. This is odd, because they are completely different styles. I also detect a light floral aroma in the background. The taste begins with a spicy hop bitterness and ends with a softened floral hops presence. The aftertaste is pleasant bitterness. This ale is not particularly challenging or complex, with a general bitterness being the predominent flavor. Especially for the Pale Ale style, I would prefer a slightly stronger malt presence to balance the bitterness a little. However, with a low ABV it is a smooth, easy drinking session ale. It is, indeed, a friendly pint.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Small white develops with mininal retention and trace amount of lace.
Aromas of pale malt, grass and floral hops are most notable.
Flavor starts with some light malt, quickly moves to a very spicy, dry, floral-hop finish.
Mouthfeel was typical for style, if just a tad thin.
Very astringent taste as the bitterness really overpowers the malt a wee bit too much. Somewhat unbalanced beer in my opinion.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pulled into a pint sleeve at the 'Wrekin Inn' Wellington, Shropshire on 20 Aug 2011.

Strange orange hue to the beer, slightly off-white head on top, some lacing as the beer level sank.

Malty molasses in the aroma, floral hops adding to the smells as the beer warmed in the glass.

The beer tastes good, malts at first, brown bread type flavours, then the hops kick in more and the finish is quiet bitter (from the hops).

All in all a very pleasant brew, it is often available in the pubs around me, so I see and have it on a regular basis, never bothered to review it before though.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smooth caramel with banana and fudge tones. This is a dessert in a bottle. Not much on the hops front. A smooth almost anaesthetic mouth feel that affects the whole of the mouth. Interesting.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light marmalade orange in colour.
Floral hops aroma with a hint of honey.
Hoppy bitterness. Good balance and some of that honey again.
Nice carbonation from a bottle conditioned ale.
OK but not particularly inspiring.

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Photo of Tsotsi
1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Have tried this on 3 separate occasions (bottled); in a word 'awful slops'. Cloudy with dregs remaining at the bottom of the bottle (bottle conditioned?), flat; e-mailed brewery, no reply, no response. Once bitten 3 times shy!

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Photo of marc77
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale acopper. Thin, soapy cream white head leaves frothy lace. Nutty pale malt, light caramel and mellow figgy esters. Subdued floral hop nose with a sweet woody twang. Trace banana esters. Quite tame in aroma, even at cellar temps and above. Grainy biscuit upfront leads into a combination of burnt caramel and slight tannic bitterness. Sweetness is mostly toffeeish, save a date - like twang. Moderately bittered, but slightly astringent due to the mild, but obtrusive tannins. Gentle butterscotch note softens the palate and complements the apparent Carastan and pale malt backbone. Wilted, old flower like Goldings hop flavor. Lightly bodied, with a initially prickly, carbonic mouthfeel that settles into a static, lanky and passably viscous one. Finishes dry, with fading notes of fibrous biscuit. A but rough around the edges and not as soft on the palate as I would've liked. Worth trying a pint, but not much more.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a funny looking body a bit orange, a bit yellow, a bit like a barley sugar with a big white foamy head that shrinks quickly to a 3/4 surface cloud.

Nice full on hoppy aroma big floral notes and dockers arm pits.

Real tangy taste real citrus hits in there, quite tart, a bit sherbet like but not really sweet finishing on a slightly downplayed hop aftertaste but still a mighty fine tongue road trip.

Mouthfeel I must admit does seem a bit thin for a cruiser weight beer but solid carbonation.

A decent enough tangy treat.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mdagnew
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's..

Poured a pale golden yellow colour with some sediment floating around... Slightly off white head poured pretty thick and foamy then faded quickly to almost nothing... quite a lot of carbonation rushed to the surface...no real lacing...

Aroma - Quite hard to make anything out... some decent juicy fruitiness (oranges, some strawberries, some pears), some light pale malts, salty / metallic hints, light honey sweetness, faint rubberiness, light floral hops, some grassiness...

Taste – Very light fruits (grapefruits, apples, bitter oranges), quite strong sulphur / metallic notes, sea saltiness, light malts, some bready hints, quite strong grassy hops, no real sweetness - maybe just the faintest notes of honey coming through, some light creamy notes...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body... Pretty refreshing and drinkable... a decent session beer..

Overall - A very average pale ale - lacking in depth... Maybe worth a try once..

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Photo of jdhilt
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy/malty nose. Medium-strong carbonation and light-medium bodied. Mild hoppy flavor, hints of sweetness in background but not much, slight hoppy/metallic after taste. $4.20 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at RFD's. Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear honey colored liquid with a frothy white head. The head vanishes to a nice film of bubbles after a minute or so. Small specks of lace were left at the top of the glass.

Smell: Subtle hop profile composed of herbal and floral scents. Nice malt backing. I also caught some citrusy aromas as well. The description said that Goldings hops were used.

Taste: Sweet palt malt at first, then the hops walk up and say, "How do you do, old chap?" Hop flavors are largely grassy, slightly piney. Ouite nice. There's a little bitterness on the finish and some lingering banana esters as well.

Mouthfeel: Very light in body, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: The descriptive blurb about this beer said it's a great session beer, and that's no lie. I can see why this won some awards. Went pretty great with the white pizza I had for dinner.

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Photo of BobAshton
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of risenz
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild pale malt scent with some dry fruitiness. There is a slight citrus hop aroma as well. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth and creamy pale malt flavor with some citrus hop bitterness and a fruity yeast finish. It has a pretty good taste, but it's nothing to rave about. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking English pale. It's not a great beer, but it goes down smooth.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this tasty on a recent trip to the UK. Pours a nice golden tone, with ample whilte foamy head and gregarious carbonation.

There is a nice lite earthy malt nose with hints of fruit and justa tinge of dried corn. This tanslated well to the tast as the light fruit and malt came across nicely, making this one of the most refreshing real ales that I have ever had.

The body is slightly lighter than I would have expected for the style, but again, that left this a very drinkable tasty. My beer cloyed a bit, but not to the point where it interfered with my enjoyment.

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Photo of rmstevens2
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first enjoyed this beer on draft at the White Hart pub in Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, England. I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. I see no one else thus far rates it as highly as I do, but Butty Bach is the best beer I have ever tasted in my life. It has a nice, malty aroma, a rich mouth feel without sticking around too long, and a wonderful, rich, malty flavor. Butty Bach is hopped just right, in my opinion, i.e., not over hopped, as so many beers these days are in the apparent misguided belief that bitterness units = quality.

I give Butty Bach my highest rating. If I was going to be lost on a desert island or stranded in the frozen Yukon and could only take one beer with me, this would be it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold with white film. 3.5
Crackery pale malts with some flowers. 3.5
Clean graininess, low esters, a bit of grass and flowers with a shadow of berries. 3.5
Slight butterscotch comeback and dry finish.
Crisp, light, a bit thin. 3.75

Starts out lagery and never opens. No fruity English ale character and the Bramling Cross is there, but far too quietly. Maybe this does better on cask - I hear it's a cult beer near the brewery - but there's nothing going on here.
"Embarassed to come out and say anything." 3.75

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Photo of putnam
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt orange ...it strains to establish a head.through the murky-looking liquid. In the end, what foam remains is very crusty and tacky as it leaves a trail all the way down the glass.
The aromas suggest buttered, broiled whole wheat toast and braised lumber. The texture is remarkably chewy, featuring glycerine-rich, viscous cascades of dry herbs, sawgrass, nectarine, maraschino cherry, and sap. Quite a firm grip on the finish with astringent, brushed steel and grease-flavored hop extract.
The label reads "The Friendly Pint," but I'm not sure this is so friendly. Even the caricature on the label has a menacing look. Sure he's an old, round drunk dude, but he's looking down his red, engorged nose at me! Freindly? Hardly.

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Butty Bach from Wye Valley Brewery
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