Pure UBU | Purity Brewing Co

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Pure UBUPure UBU

Brewed by:
Purity Brewing Co
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnW on 02-28-2007

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 42
Photo of ARoman
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On cask, poured into a nonic. The aroma is very mellow and muted with light notes of citrus and resin. The beer pours an oily, deep caramel colored hue with an off-white, fluffy foam head that retains well and leaves a good, fluffy lace. The taste is a blend of medium sweet and medium light bitter. The texture is oily and slick with a flat, smooth carbonation, and a medium light body. Caramel, nuts, and tangerines compose the flavor profile with a smooth finish with mostly flavors of caramel and orange. The aftertaste is sticky and waxy with a citrus and bread crust quality.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft pint in pub. Adequate head with lots of lacing. Nice amber colour Very hoppy with citrus flavours. Clean taste to it. It's very nice but nothing very special.

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Photo of gutbucket2
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, filtered. appearance: copper/brown, shallow head, clear. smell: toffee/caramel malt, feint citrus hop. taste: as aroma, medium sweetness, light-moderate bitterness. mouthfeel: fairly thin, ample carbonation, short finish. overall: run-of-the-mill english bitter.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely burnished bronze body with decent enough off white head
Malty toffee aroma with a bit of wholemeal bread
Slightly sweet slightly rye slightly vinegary flavour with subdued bitter finish
Quite thin tho

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Photo of flyingpig
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darkish red to amber colour with a pinky sized, bubbly white head that leaves some lacing on the glass and is a clear beer.

Light but noticeable hops with a light citrus aroma and some background fruit. The smell is mild but not hard to detect.

A good hop flavour with lots of fruit backing it up to begin with. There is some citrus and a few bewrries alon with a light bitter tasting finish.

Smooth with a fruity feel and a light to medium mouthfeel. There is a light touch of bitter at thee end as well.

A nice aroma from this one with a good taste that is mainly fruity and hoppy making this one almost more of an amber ale than a bitter. A solid beer and one that I would have again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 26/04/2013, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark amber, clear, very tight off-white froth stays on top, plus quiet carbonation.
S: a light whiff of sweet lemony aroma comes with pale malts’ delicate sweetness, sweet tea, and boiled yum’s sweetness likely as a result of pasteurisation, slightly one-dimensional all in all but pleasant enough.
T: a quite fizzy swallow of nice chewy sweet maltiness with a touch of, again, yum paste precedes a lengthy bitter and dry aftertaste of fruity hops with a dry-ish touch as if rendered by roast malts (though the beer label specifies only Maris Otter malts are used). If Cascade hops are used as indicated by the beer label, they at best lend a delicate lemony aroma in the blend, while Challenger hops somehow provide more influence as far as my palate is concerned.
M&D: nicely carbonated, refreshing and coming with a decent medium body, this amber ale is a tremendously thirst-quenching session-type Bitter. Would love to try the cask-conditioned version and see how good the real “live” beer could be.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Horse & Jockey in Sutton Coldfield, UK while visiting my lovely girlfriend!

A - Copper color with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Not very much carbonation, which is consistent with the style. TONS of lacing! 4.5

S - Floral hop notes with bready, yeasty sourness. Some phenolic, buttery notes present as well. 3.5

T - Smooth bittersweetness at first. Strong buttery malt taste followed by sappy hop flavor. Flavor at the back is almost mouth-puckering at first. 4.0

M - Almost no carbonation (again, consistent with most English Bitters) and very thick. Syrupy in the middle and coats the back of the tongue in hoppy residue. This beer is not messing around when it comes to mouthfeel. 4.0

O - Luckily this beer is still as good as I remember it being the last time I was in the UK. Pure UBU is a delicious English Bitter that anyone who is a fan of bitters should try. 4.0

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that subsides after a minute or two. Aroma of caramel malt with a hint of toffee and a nice dose of aromatic citrus. A faint whiff of diacetyl in the background.

Tastes of caramel malt with a crisp, hoppy bitter finish. Notes of grain, caramel/toffee, aromatic citrus and stewed hops. Dry, stewed bitterness upon swallowing. A hint of diacetyl in the background, but nothing excessive. Mouthfeel is smooth, full-bodied and a little slick. Tingly carbonation, and some astringency. A mild aftertaste of bitter malt.

Nice. A decent modern bitter with a pleasing aromatic hop character. Tasty and easy-drinking. Pick one up if you come across it.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear copper with a medium large tan head. Dissipation leaves some lacings.

S: Slightly roasted caramell malt, somewhat sweet. Buttery notes. Floral, fruity hops; oranges and red apples dominates, but some pear is also noticable.

T: Very like the smell, the buttery notes are very strong. The fruits are rich. Lots of bitter hops.

M: Long aftertaste, mostly bitter. Body is medium to full while carbonation is mild. Buttery and creamy smooth.

O: A nice English Bitter with a nice mix between butter and fruit.

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

Bright light amber with a lumpy steady white head. Light honeyed grain and citrus oil hops on the nose. Flapjacks for malts and oily clementine hops. Leafy finish and mulchy linger. Light to medium, clingy, wheaty smooth.

A light and mild but thin and sour pint of bitter. Cascade is in there, supposedly, but very muted. Be warned, cold kills it more than most. Mad Goose much more my speed.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handpump halfpint at the Volunteer.

A: Clear, dark amber body with half an inch of creamy off-white head. Excellent lace. Very attractive.

S: A little muted, but clearly hoppy - good interplay of grapefruit and floral notes, with pale malt solidly behind it all. Good, but not special.

T: Lovely grapefruit hops jump out, and are well tamed by a wall of caramel malt sweetness. Great balance on the long, smooth finish.

M: Eminently smooth, with low carbonation even for a cask ale. I like it.

O: Solid beer. I'm loving the balance between Cascade hops and English malt. I'm looking forward to trying more Purity beers.


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Photo of Clembo1957
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed by Purity in Warwickshire England and available in both bottle and cask form.

The cask version is the strongest of Purity's 3 regular ales at 4.5% the cask version is a pleasant Amber Beer.

Appearance - Good, a clear Amber Ale
Smell - fine
Taste - not as memorable as the weaker Mad Goose but very drinkable
Feel - very pleasant
Drinkability - Good

Of the 3 Purity Beers i'd opt for Mad Goose but UBU is a pleasant session ale and worth drinking.

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Photo of mcroper
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this both from bottle and on tap, both tasted similar.

Appearance: Light brown/Verging on orange, Poured with a clean white head

Smell: Pleasant aroma, not strong. Definite hop smell

Taste: The hops come into play quite a lot with this drink, a tiny bit bitter. Tastes like a pale ale.

Feel: Quite carbonated, not thick or heavy, very smooth

Drinkability: My first taste of a Purity ale, very nice tasting and I'd definitely get this again.

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Photo of yankiac
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on cask in London

A - A deep amber with a nice thin lace that holds throughout the entire session

S - More like an American Pale Ale than an English Bitter.

T - Unmistakable presence of Cascade Hops. Perhaps this is the reason why it is reminiscent of an American Ale. The beer is rounded off with caramel malts.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body.

D - A nice session beer.

Very enjoyable beer. I would very much like to come back this beer.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: rich, foamy whiteish head sitting atop a light brown beer, lots of clarity, lots of lacing

S: sour and interesting, a beautiful fermented nose

T: tastes much more like a pale ale or an English IPA (or even American for that matter) than a bitter, ironically because it's quite bitter.

M: lots of carbonation, light body, relatively refreshing

D: the extra bitterness cuts down on the drinkability IMO, otherwise a decent beer

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Photo of mike130
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Smith's Lager glass, nice large, creamy head that leaves a bit of lacing and fades slowly. It's an amber/brown color, decent carbonation coming up. Looks good.

Smells like a solid English bitter - a bit of sweet malt and a solid smell of English hops. The taste is much like the smell - a very pleasant, caramel-like maltness up front, followed by some medium hops to balance it out. The carbonation is spot-on, not too fizzy and not too flat, and it's very drinkable. Nothing mindblowing, but a very well balanced, enjoyable brew. Will definitely look for this on cask when I'm out at a pub.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear and brick red, with a patchy, cream-colored head. Very lovely fresh hop aroma, massively grapefruity and herbal with a dusty quality that marries beautifully to grainy, wholemeal malts. Nutty, buttery, and grassy. Lands somewhere between an American pale ale and an English bitter on the palate, crisp and fruity from the Challengers and Cascades, toffee-sweet from the Maris Otter malts, ending on a mildly bitter and grassy note. Quite dry and an obvious choice for onion-based dishes. Excellent stuff; I'd love to try it on cask.

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Photo of malty
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 12-23-09

Brought back from England by a dear friend who kept it very safe and proper.

Pours a SLIGHTLY chill hazed dull copper with a nice & fluffy 1 1/2" off-white head. Sparce, tiny bubbles of visible carbonation uprising. Gorgeous smatterings of globular lace all the way down.

Fresh caramel right off the bat with a juicy ripe red apple scent as well. Vanilla and nutty almond nougat bathe my nostrils.

The Maris Oter (says so on back label) malts play center stage as I had percieved in the nose, but I do dectect a nice bittering from the Challenger & Cascade (again, says so on the back label) hops. The bitterness turns into a chalky dryness that I do so adore in an English bitter. The hops are gaining on the malt platform here!

Mouthfeel is spot on for this style of beer and from where this bottle came. It's a little on the lighter side of med. bodied and has a smooth, malty and yet bitter finish.

Drinkability is very good. Count me in for a few imperials of this!

Overall a beautiful balance of somewhat sweet, carmely malts and crisp & bitter hops. The 'hook' of this beer is it's hop profile. The malts are in check at all times while the hops build in the flavor and cut clean in the finish. Wonderful subtle and tasty ale for sure! Thanks Malcolm!

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Photo of PartyBear
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear amber colour, with a fluffy, almost pure white head. Small amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Clean hops, and fruity malts.

Taste: The hops provide a bitterness that lasts throughout. There are mildly toasted malts near the start, with a slight fruitiness, possibly melon. Small amount of acidity in the aftertaste from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and flat like a good bitter.

Drinkability: This is the first beer I have had from the Purity Brewery, and I am quite impressed with it. This is well balanced bitter, offering nice flavours and aromas, with a perfectly smooth finish.

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Photo of crowncapcollect
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Sainsburys. Straight pint glass. Pours with a nice off-white head. Lovely aroma and classic English bitter flavour. Well-rounded with a long, lingering finish. Tastes like a good hand-pulled pint, but from a bottle. I am yet to master the art of longer reviews.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is named after the brewery dog, my tasting is from a 500ml brown bottle, best before 24th Mar 2009, drank 25th Feb 2009.

Poured into a vase shaped 'Old Speckled Hen' pint glass.

Bright and clear amber colour with a good firm off-white head on top, this soon turned into a wispy covering.

Good hop aroma, Challenger and Cascade are the two used in the brew.

The hops win in the flavour stakes too, the malt (English Maris Otter) coming into play too. The hops give the beer a very pleasant bitterness, bite and English ale feel.

Impressed, my first bottled beer from this brewery, had some cask stuff before.

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Photo of JohnW
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale/medium gold colour, with decent head, which lasted fairly well from the sample I had. Aroma is full, gives indication of the malts and Cascade Hops in the brew being well balanced, and inviting a taste. Starts fairly strong flavours, with both the sweeter malts and bitterness of the hops showing almost immediately. Ends with a hint of rich sweetness from the malts, but with the bitterness of the hops too, and no nasty surprises in the finish, a fairly long after taste. This beer is also available in the bottle, but not tried it in that form. This makes a pleasant easy to drink session beer in the UK "bitter" style and I would be more than happy to have it again.

Has been available at some Wetherspoons outlets in Midlands area of UK, and at local pubs and Beer Festivals.

B'ham UK

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Pure UBU from Purity Brewing Co
3.71 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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