My Wife's Bitter | Burleigh Brewing Co.

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My Wife's BitterMy Wife's Bitter

Brewed by:
Burleigh Brewing Co.

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by juju7 on 11-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by rjimlad:
Photo of rjimlad
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the great Clarendon Hotel in Newcastle where they were showcasing Burleigh beers. I love bitters so I was keen to try this one.

Poured into a standard schooner glass with a deep tan/bronze colour and a decent fluffy head. Unlike other reviewers, the head on my sample was persistent with fine lacing. Since it was served in an Oz pub, it was a little too cold so aroma was suppressed but hints of caramel and slight hoppiness too faint to identify.

Flavour was very nice but not complex. Caramel nougat predominates with a beautiful hoppy bitterness that is late on the palate giving a clean finish and mouthfeel. I personally found the beer very balanced and drinkable. Sure it is easy to find more complex bitters out there but this one was a perfect drink with some good pub food on a cool Spring night.

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Photo of Camallan
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours coppery brown with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows caramel, faint chocolate and nutty malt along with some soft spicy and earthy hops underneath.
Flavours are focussed on the aforementioned malty characters. Finishes quite sweet with a soft bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of AaronNQ
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Smandavia
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%

I recently drank this in July 2014 in Brisbane Australia. I don't think it has been retired.

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Photo of Macca
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear dark amber with a light beige head.

Very basic nose. A little bit of malt and maybe some earthiness from the English hops.

Like the nose a bit of malt, a bit of earthiness.

I would have liked a bit more body on this. A little thin.

Really disappointed with this one as I like their other ones.

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Photo of jjkatter
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- amber and brown with fair carbonation. Head is white and dissipates quickly.

S- toasted barley with some hops and caramel.

T- cinnamon-apple with hops and toasted barley

MF- typical mouth feel of an Aussie microbrew. not too bad, but could use more body.

O- there are other choices out there that I would make before this beer. It was nice to try, but I won't be revisiting this one (on my dime anyway).

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Photo of juju7
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a 650ml tallie only. A pretty cool looking etched label of a fit looking chick in a bikini. Why not? Pours a vibrant amber, orange with a tight one finger head. The nose is true to form with some caramel, biscuity toffee and soft hop action. On the palate as well, pretty true to style, a good creamy mouth feel, the bitterness doesn't kick in right away but kind of swells up on the finish. The carbonation is just right, medium to low. This is a very good take on the style, not much to fault it on. Drinking this on a bitching hot evening and it tasted great icy cold when first opened and lost nothing as it warmed up. Great balance and good solid finish. Would be happy to have a fridge full of these.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark clear amber color with a decent head thqat fades to web like lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, roasted malt and some caramel.

T: Taste of roasted malt with some caramel sweetness. mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth with a nice texture.

O: Enjoyable beer for the style. nothing fancy just a nice drinkable beer. Label caught my eye.

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Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber colour, slightly mahogany with generous off-white head that sinks to a nice crown of lace with a few clumps around. Nice-looking bitter.

Smells a bit POR-y with earthy, mildly spicy bitterness. Pepper on there, soil with nice malty notes over the top with caramel and vanilla on there. Decent English herbal hops and nice malt balance, but it's still just OK.

Taste is very malt-driven, with lots of caramel, cracked grain and vanilla, then gets nice hoppy bitterness that's quite mild: herbal, grassy and a bit spicy on the back, adds some piquancy but otherwise nice, subtle bitterness. Clean and quite palatable. Not my ideal beer but it's well constructed and able to be quaffed.

Bitty at times but smooth enough, not too bad.

Decent bitter. Clean, drinkable but a nice malty flavour for the most part.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 6/4/14

A clear copper with plenty of bubbles but little in the way of foam or lace

S nutty hard toffee, some purple candy, brown sugar, a little fruit I can't place, and a handful of old wet pennies, smells quite metallic

T biscuit and toffee, still nutty, some herbal hops, not as metallic, a slight improvement over the nose

M light bodied, soft from the bubbles, quite slick on the palate, nutty caramel lingers faintly for a while

O nothing really wrong with it but nothing exciting either, could use some more hops for a bitter snap but decent beer nonetheless

I wanted this one for the label and I'm not to upset that I only bought the single, I have a feeling I'm not the only one that bought this once for an empty bottle

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of my NYE 2010 celebrations.

Pours a orange-red colour, with a pleasantly fine head of white foam. Minimal lacing, and the body is light, but that's probably to be expected. Looks pretty lacklustre all up, but still in style at least. That's worth something.

Nose very minimal. Hints of roasted grain and a slight tangy acidity that may come from... well, anything. It's a very minimal nose. Not offensive, but neither is it very interesting. Smells like pale grain soaked in seltzer water. Eh.

Taste is a little better, although it's still rather thin and rather insipid. Some pleasant grain characters on the fore, backed with that same carbonic acidity as was on the nose. Light, watered down feel, again like a sessionable English ale, but also like a light watered-down thing.

Wow. Overall, I'm really not impressed with this at all. It's a shame, because otherwise these guys do some decent beers. But for a special release bomber, this is woefully uninspiring. Flat, thin, insipid and very devoid of character. Certainly not a recommendation from me.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Dan's.

A - Reddy brown pour. One finger off white head. Bright. Decent carbonation. Good rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of bready and toffee malts with some earthy hop.

T - Some smoke, toffee, strange harsh maltiness, earthy hop, and dark fruit. There is some sort of odd harshness to it.

M - Fairly strong carbonation for the style, light and slightly watery body with a clean finish. Odd for the style.

O/D - Nothing about this, aside from a few flavours, seems to be to style. Body and strange flavours were off. Nothing special here.

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Photo of CromDubh
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle into straight pint glass. Marketed as an English style bitter. Looks the part if a little lighter than to type, nice head.
Good hoppy smell. Taste is quite nice, if a little wattery, very nice aftertaste. Would be a great session beer - it went down fast and wish there was another.
The label I'm not sure on. Bikini clad girlie holding an English flag. Looks like a tacky novelty beer from somewhere like Margate and I only bought it after reading the blurb. So at a high "boutique" price not too sure who it will attract.

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Photo of life_of_agony
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of doktorhops
2.57/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

We're officially on a bitter streak here; 3 for 3, what can I say, I don't mind a bitter. Burleigh Brewing Co. has been real hit and miss with me, I liked their Hefe and the other one (the Duke Pale Ale), but everything else I've had I could take or leave. So it is with a sense of trepidation that I try this bitter. Good luck and Godspeed, me!

Poured from a puny 330ml bottle into a mighty tulip pint.

A: Very brown for a bitter, like a pair of brown leather shoes. The head is nowhere to be seen but this is no surprise for this style.

S: Slightly burnt caramel malts pervade this bitter affair. There is a candy sweetness to the base and dry aromatic hops round out the nose. Not bad indeed.

T: A little bit bland in the flavour department. The malt is slightly burnt caramel, the expected sweetness is dulled and the hops are quite dry but without any of the fruity characters you get from a Cascade or Nugget hop... dull and unexciting.

M: Much fizzier than a typical English bitter, and in my opinion this is unnecessary and over the top.

D: This one gets a big "MEH". Nothing to write home about and even less interesting to drink. I'm disappointed with Burleigh Brewing Co. as it is a local craft brewer that has lost its way... if you're going to experiment then at least do something different, otherwise the tried and tested method works fine, i.e. "if it aint broke don't fix it".

Food match: I'm eating Chinese for dinner which would be complete overkill for this beer. Perhaps something light and traditional, maybe a classic Italian pizza like a Margherita?

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Photo of Clogs83
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ADZA
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a light see through copper hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and minimal lacing,the smell is a mix of aromas of doughnuts,caramel candy,candied fruit and some herbal hops,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of caramel candy,toffee,boiled candy,brown sugar and finished with a herbal/fruity hoppy bitterness but not really bitter at all for a hophead like me and overall i was expecting this brew to be so much better after reviews from mates cheers.

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Photo of drpimento
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On the better side of ok. Fun name. I like the roasty, toasty malt to balance the fruitiness of the hop and yeast. Poured a bit warm with a modest cream-colored, foamy, soon to settle head, and a little lace. Color is a clear brown amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is toffee, toast malt, bit of fruit, dust. Flavor's like nose, the roast is one of my favs, not much hop, a few odd components. Body/carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, would be better a little more chilled, fairly drinkable.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.43/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bb 3 13

It's just not British is it?

It pours ok, looks very clear and deep copper. Head dies super quick, but that's ok to stlye

It smells of.... not a lot really, no warmness. Just a little caramel

What is turns into is an APA with English style hops, Not the full quid.

Mf is the worst aspect - apart from it being totally clear - too harsh and astringent. Mineral water elements.

Sad - it could have been so much better.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a standard 330mL brown bottle, a sensational and hilarious label. I tried this in Melbourne when it was being released, and a few bottles of 'Ex Wife's Bitter' were released. Nice.

Appearance: pours out a amber-copper colour with carbonation visible across the profile. A one-finger off-white head that hangs about for a time.

Aroma: some caramel and toffee with bread malts and a nutty characteristic. Decent.

Taste: caramel and bread malts again. Plenty of nuts and something floral. A pretty good and well-combined profile.

Aftertaste: some bitterness from the earth on the finish, but otherwise drops away pretty quickly.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation. It works.

Overall: quite a nice beer - well worth the having. Nicely put together and worth it for a 6-pack every now and then. AU$64 a case.

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Photo of Mosant
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a 330ml bottle. This beer won a bronze medal in class 1B Pale Ale - Special Bitter or Bitter in the 2014 CBIA Craft Beer Awards.
Appearance: golden toffee colour. Flat head, dissipates quickly and poor retention, I guess typical of a warm English ale.
Aroma: musty malts, reminds me of the smell of pub carpet in the morning after the night before. Not overly impressed here.
Flavour: underwhelming for me. Not bitter at all and flavour is reminiscent of blue cheese. Mouthfeel is mild, vey low carbonation.
Overall: this was not what I expected. I had heard a lot of hype about the beer and was expecting to be blown away with something like a new experience I would enjoy however it fell well short of that. Perhaps it is just a style I am yet to fully appreciate.

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My Wife's Bitter from Burleigh Brewing Co.
3.26 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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