Battery Hill Bitter | Craggie Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Craggie Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by on 03-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Fillpott
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very effervescent off-white head. I poured it into a regular glass, and the beer foamed from the start. I had one finger of beer and the rest was foam. Disclaimer: I was dually warned about this. However, it settled down and the beer showed a coppery, cloudy body that looks very appealing. The smell is very rye forward, like the "smell" of bitter, and the hops at a floral aroma. After letting everything settle out, this was a very good session beer w/ a spiciness and bitterness that are well balanced with the malt and hops, and I would like to enjoy this beer again at Craggies when I have more time.

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Photo of nms1987
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Prepackaged growler bought at Earthfare in Boone for (I think) 13 bucks. A little pricey but I needed a growler to use for a yeast starter.

Pours a hazy leather tan-brown sort of color. I would never take off style points for a being being hazy. Who cares if a beer is clear? Unfiltered is the way to go.

Gentle nose with some spicy and floral hoppiness on top of some earthy notes.

Medium bodied on the palate and very well balanced. Rich, smooth bready malt but also spicy and floral hoppiness.
Smooth, easy drinking yet rich and satisfying as well. Would be a great session beer. The hoppiness and earthiness cling to the palate for a long, enjoyable finish.


This is a very distinctive, satisfying beer, I would gladly drink it again. I probably wouldn't buy a growler, because of the price, but I'd be glad to order a pint on tap and I'm going to make sure to stop by Craggie next time im in Ash-City. I tried to go once before but got their right after they closed and settled for a great night of beer and cornhole at Asheville Pizza and Brewing instead.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, looks like unpasturized apple cider. Small minimal head. Smells like sweet biscuits with a spicy kick. Lot's of pale malts with some grassy and citrus hops. It's the rye that makes this beer stand out. Nice addition with the rye as it gives the beer a little oomph and adds quite a bit of flavor in a small package. Moderate carbination but the rye adds some oomph in the mouthfeel too. Nice drinkable session ale with quite a bit of flavor for what it is. No problem finishing the growler.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull-looking, dark tan body with a wee, white head.

Smell: Earthy, herbal-toned hops folded in amongst some muddled malts, a trace of zesty rye, and a bit of fruitiness.

Taste: Upfront bready malts with a light but persistent rye grain spiciness. Faintly sweet. Estery fruitiness along with a light tartness. Herbaceous, spicy hops with a complimentary level of bitterness. Earthy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Eh, it's OK. Of what seems to be Craggie's main line-up, their Antebellum Ale and Battery Hill came up a bit short with me, with their Toubab Brewe being the clear-cut winner.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen growlers of this around the area recently and was looking to give it a try. English pale ales are a passion for me so my standards are pretty high.

Cloudy, almost muddy body with an an attractive white head and nearly full coverage lacing. Nose is raw and balanced but not overpowering.

This is tasty, with a high biscuit quotient to the malt and enough hops to leave the aftertaste deep with mild bitterness. Solid thickness to the texture adds to the authenticity.

I didn't love this one at first but it grew on me. Definitely worth a shot. Nice drinkability to this one as well. Solid effort all around.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Battery Hill, on tap at Craggie Brewing Company on a recent trip to Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Arrives a muddy, hazed, dirty gold body, tarnished and singed in some places, and topped by half a finger of off white head. Retention is average, and a minuscule collar and a smattering of dry clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass remain after it's departed.

Aroma: Grassy and soft, with hints of citrus and spicy, dirty rye. Not an in your face aroma, but subtle and complex in its own way.

Taste: Fantastically flavorful, almost like a rye cookie. Sweet and dry in the malt foundation, with tons of spicy, earthy, wholesome rye. On the back end, the hop notes come through pungently, a little grassy and citrusy, intermingling very nicely with the spiciness of the base and a slight but noticeable level of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Eruptive, a little oily and uneven, but fairly smooth. I've noticed that many of CBCs beers seem to be very well carbonated, sprightly and bright, and it works fairly well here, augmenting the bitterness and spice of the rye nicely.

Drinkability: I was a huge fan of this one. Craggie manages to pack an enormous amount of flavorful in bright, crisp, low abv%, drinkable packages, and this one typifies this better than most, I think. 4.2% is quintessential session ale, and Battery Hill Bitter is quintessential session ale for people who don't like session beers - flavor is the name of the game here.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap at the brewery into a sampler Willi glass. Poured a hazy dark orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt and sour fruit. The flavor was of sour malt, subtle cider, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was very interesting. Not really that bad though considering the flavoring. Definitely worth trying given the opportunity.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a chance to try a bunch of new locals this past weekend up in Asheville.

Nice pour here as a light golden color come forward and leaves a frothy one inch head on top of the glass. Settling down it leaves a decent bit of lacing that coats the sides and bottom of the glass quite well. Nice aroma, caramel, lots of grains and bread notes for sure. Light hops, but more earthy then citrusy in nature. Smooth even carbonation and a light overall body lead to a really nice and smooth delivery. Crisp, clean malty flavor is backed again by a nice earthy hop presence.

Overall a nice sessionable and light ale that went very well on a really hot day.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazed straw color with half finger white head that never really faded,a bit of leafy hop along with caramel in the nose,both were quite light.flavors are of English yeasty fruitiness with some caramel and toasted grain,a decent herbal hop shot hits ya in the finish.Its modest, but it should be to be true to style,pretty darn good.

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Battery Hill Bitter from Craggie Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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