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Cowaramup Special Bitter | Cowaramup Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cowaramup Brewing Company

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by laituegonflable on 07-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
Reviews by laituegonflable:
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3/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at GABS 2012 at the Royal Exhibition Building.

Pours a gold-amber colour, clear with a dense creamy head. Retains thick and solid. Looks like a hearty, malty ale; excellent.

Smells dry and yeasty and bland. Just simple grains and bready yeast. Can't say I expected much but it really does deliver a whole lot of nothing.

Maltier on the palate and a bit sweeter. Still a bit dry on the finish but grainy and bland for the most part. Bit odd upfront, like it tastes like crunching down on unmashed grains a bit, just dry cereal flavours. Not a lot of hop to balance the sweetness either, but it's not overpowering. It's just simple, clean ESB territory.

Decent feel, again quite dry with a slightly thin body. Not too bad.

Pretty happy this beer was here at GABS as it couldn't all be craziness. Having said that, this beer really can't escape its blandness and it could have amped things up a bit to fit in just a bit better. Decent crack at the style though.

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2.86/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried on-tap at the GABS 2012 festival in Melbourne.

Pours a mild golden hue with some hazine. Body is soft, as is the head, which forms a light, creamy off-white crest to the beer. Lace is excellent, forming in proper English bitter lines down the glass. Good stuff.

It's downhill from here, however. Nose is very mild with some grain and a whiff of Pride of Ringwood giving an unpleasant earthy character. Laced over the top is an odd pong of egg-white, which is unusual, tending to unpleasant.

Really empty and mildly unpleasant palate as well. Slight weak grain on the front, before a hint of spice and earth as the token hop character. On the finish is a big whack of carbonic acidity, which gives it the aftertaste of a solid puke. Not a fan.

Eh. What can I really say about this? It's either so bland that it's not worth talking about, or it's not offensive enough to really grill over hot coals. It's just a nothing, forgettable and ultimately pretty pointless brew.

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Cowaramup Special Bitter from Cowaramup Brewing Company
2.93 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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