Pure UBU | Purity Brewing Co

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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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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Evil_Pidde
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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 wl0307
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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 EmperorBevis
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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 FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woosterbill
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 flyingpig
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
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 steverx8
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while on vacation in the UK.

Appearance - clear but dark amber in color. Decent finger of white head and sparse lacing left behind.

Smell - clean, with some English hop presence, a subtle spiciness, and a very gentle fruity aroma as well.

Taste - a little more fruit, dark berries, currants and plums. Some earthy and leafy hops backing. Gentle sweetness.

Mouthfeel- super easy drinking, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Overall - another fine English beer enjoyed while away.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinicole
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenlee
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
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 captaincoffee
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a reddish hue, small-to-medium head, and some lace. Nose is flowery and herbal...mild but reasonable. Taste has some fruity malt and more of that earthy/herbal quality. All-in-all, it isn't a bad beer, but it isn't really doing much for me either.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of windypete
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of malty
4.27/5  rDev +17%
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 Hanglow
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risenz
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rinhaak
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of PartyBear
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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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