Blue Ridge Better Bitter | Shooting Creek Farm Brewery

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Shooting Creek Farm Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by wchesak on 06-17-2010

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Photo of wchesak
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
Bottle Conditioned

A - amber brown color, little less than one fingers worth of very bubbly sandy colored head, no lacing but the head sits pretty well on top of the beer for most of the session

S - grassy/earthy hops, toffee, some toasted bread notes

T - definitely not an American reinterpretation, solid toffee and caramel malt backbone, also nutty, hops enter towards end of pallet - earthy and grassy - meld well with the malt, however the aftertaste is not straight hops but a balance of the bitterness from the hops and the sweet of malt

M - medium bodied, maybe on the low side for carbonation but I think it works with the style much better - very soft sound from popping the top

D - shooting creek cranks out another quality brew, nothing over the top but perfect for the season, enough body and flavor to keep someone interested but also allowing a drinker to put away 3 or 4 over a period of time - would be good with some roasted/grilled chicken with some Caribbean seasoning/jerk style maybe

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a good-looking beer. An off-white two-finger head sits on top of an opaque pumpkin-meat color. The liquid is hazed due to the bottle-conditioning, I reckon, and that gives this a pretty serious look.

Aroma is a nice blend of fruit, mineral and spice, none of it aggressive or out of balance. There's an earthiness here that seems to be the yeast talking, and it reminds me of a Belgian dubbel in some way.

At first sip, it seems very impressive--toffee-ish malt, fruit candy-like sweetness, grassy hops and a soil-type earthiness thanks to the yeast. But then it get pretty tart near the end, and the dry finish doesn't leave much in the mouth to remember this by. Not quite sour, but almost. Still, that fruity element keeps it refreshing and balances well against the other characteristics.

Not quite as soft and silky as some other bottle-conditioned beers, although the carbonation is not prickly or attacking either. Goes down smoothly.

I liked this, and kind of wish I would've gotten more than one bottle. Will buy more if/when I see it again, especially since a portion of its sales go to the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway group, a more than worthy cause.

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Photo of kels
3.04/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice to see some different stuff from Shooting Creek on the shelves around here.

Pours a hazy rusty brown. Loads of tiny bubbles rise throughout and feed a well-retained smooth, off-white 1/2 finger head. Good spots of lace hang around on the walls of the glass.

A little light, biscuity malt hangs around in the nose, but that's it for the most part.

Taste is a little out-of-balance. There's a bold metallic taste that hangs over the rest. Fighting out from beneath is a hearty and sweet malt flavor, as well as a sharply tart hop bitterness. Feel is nicely done with bright, soft, mouthfilling carbonation. Finish is slightly sticky with mild aftertaste.

Drinkability would be higher without the metallic overtones in the taste.

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Photo of bboven
2.06/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hhmm. Even with a gentle pour this beer foamed up so much I had to put the glass in the sink. A big finger of head remained, though. Extremely hazy from bottle conditioning; not what I think of when I think ESB. Color is spot-on, though.

Fusel alcohol and phenols drown out almost everything here.

Very tart beginning gives way to an oxidized (wet cardboard) finish. Even at 5.8% I can taste the alcohol.

Very very thin mouthfeel and the initial burst of carbonation leaves the beer all but flat. I love low carbonation and is a plus with this style, but this is too lacking. Finishes very very dry.

All in all, it tastes like a poor example of a homebrew. Way too many flaws here and I'm glad i only bought one bottle.

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Photo of MrOH
2.77/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Even off a slow pour there's a huge pillowy, off white head, muddy copper colored body.

Smells of earth and oranges.

Earthiness, followed by caramel. A LOT of caramel. A little hint of chocolate.

Kinda heavy, coats the mouth, even though it feels pretty carbonated.

Not very drinkable for a style that's supposed to be HIGHLY drinkable.

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Blue Ridge Better Bitter from Shooting Creek Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 5 ratings