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HSB (Horndean Special Bitter) | George Gale & Company Ltd

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HSB (Horndean Special Bitter)HSB (Horndean Special Bitter)
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4.02/5
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62 Ratings
HSB (Horndean Special Bitter)HSB (Horndean Special Bitter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
gales.co.uk

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 03-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,825
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
62
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
4.26
 
 
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Photo of Malts_over_hops
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The English bitter is a wonderful style of beer. I am enjoying this HSB at The Parcel Yard in King's Cross. Fresh out of the tap, it pours an outstanding ruby red/copper brown color with an off white, 1 finger head. Smells like toffe and biscuits. The taste is outstanding due to its bitter finish. There are tons of malty beers out there, but to make a truly malty beer finish with a refreshing bitter end is something only English Bitters are capable of achieving. Very delicious, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent. At 4.8%, it is extremely sessionable. I will probably end up drinking many more of these in one session. Fantastic.

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Photo of Irishnutjob
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorites although I've not been back to Hampshire for many years and since Gales was bought by Fullers. But I miss the many pints I've consumed both in Horndean, Winchester, Southsea, etc.

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3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitschiguy
4.86/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank 3 pints of cask at the Good Intent, Petersfield, Hampshire, England.

Poured a lovely medium-dark reddish brown with a nice head that stuck around for a while.

Nose: Beautiful complex aromas of malt, biscuit, toast, baked cookies and a little dried fruit.

Palate: Complex sweet malt flavours. Biscuity with enough light hoppy bitterness to make it extremely refreshing. Very well rounded, hitting the entire mouth.

Mouth: Nice medium bodied mouthfeel, with low, tight carbonation making it quite creamy.

Overall an exceptional English bitter. A delicious and wonderfully complex beer and one that's close to my heart.

edit* I just drank another one of these and it made me want to edit my original score. Improved score for taste - this beer is truly exceptional.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one this is one of my favorite beers. Spent a lot of time in uk and could get it everyday. Back home in the states I am deprived of it. Sitting in pub today enjoying this old favorite. Taste, mouth feel and color are outstanding. Best right off the tap. Please import this beer!!!

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Vivid mahogony, almost ruby coloured. A fine but clingy off-white head which glazes the surface of the beer.
S: Peppy and fudge-like.
T: Dry with a pleasant woody rum quality. Initially just nice and taut with no caramel or warming syrup, but it comes through slightly as your tongue gets more saturated in it. No aftertaste at first. Fairly acidic. A touch of white bread in there, and just a hint of citrus. Gets progressively better towards the end of the pint. Nice fluffy mouthfeel.
O: A very sound beer but not particularly inspired. Would complement a Ploughman's beautifully.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of poskok
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a copper hued amber body with big foaming white head that pretty much disappears altogether
Spritely citrus aroma
Nice bitterness on the way out

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of FLima
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark Amber color. It made just one finger head.
Faint malty aroma.
Taste is quite malty with earthy hops, with a dry finish. I could not get much more than that.
Light body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
It is a straight forward bitter ale, no thrills.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask hand pump at the Mad Bishop and Bear in Paddington Station, London.

Pours a dark, rich brown colour. Quite a nice looking head on it.

Didn't make any note on the smell so I assume it was average.

Tastes extremely malty, very earthy and wholesome. Never had anything taste like this without going into the realms of dark, burnt malt flavours like a stout or porter. Extremely moreish though it eventually gets a bit heavy, plus it's a bit too boozy for a session beer. Slight hops in the background provide a bit of fruitiness to balance, though they are very faint in comparison.

Overall a really nice offering from the now owned by Fullers brewery. Should be noted that this pub has always served beer at a perfect (for me) temperature.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass at a pub in Salisbury, England. Pours a deep red with a good head retention. Sweet malt aromas, some slight fuggle style hop aromas as well.
Taste is really nice, great sweet malty flavors and maybe some toffe, but is well balanced with a good amount of hops. Easy drinker but heavy. Im usually not a fan of bitters, but this is one of the best bitters ive had to date.

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HSB (Horndean Special Bitter) from George Gale & Company Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 62 ratings
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