The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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English Bitter
Ranked #164
Ranked #35,647
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
The Porterhouse Brewing Company
Notes: We created this beer to celebrate the opening of The Porterhouse in Covent Garden, London, in July 2000. We brewed a traditional style pale ale with a modern interpretation using a single variety of New Zealand hop, the Sticklebract.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 20
Photo of Bruno74200
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I had this one several time on cask in the porterhouse on Parliement st. in Dublin. This quite bitter maybe overly. It's mainly floral but you got some citrus notes too

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Photo of Wobbly
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding attempt at the classic style. What's great is that it is always available as a hand-pull, cask-conditioned tap. Smooth and full flavored. A really nice beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-tap at Porterhouse Central, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high creamy white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with strong notes of pale malts and tea.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of tea leaves and pale malts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The nitro tap really makes this beer pleasurable on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light golden brown color with an off-white head and a little lacing

S-faint malt, toast, hint of toffee, little hops

T-light Biscuit malt, hint of toffee, light herbal, mild bitter finish

F-light body with light carbonation, little thin

O-decent bitter, could drink this as a session beer

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

190th Review
Served in a glass
On-tap at Porterhouse Central

A: Medium hay yellow. Half (bubbly white) fingernail head.

S: Slightly toasted biscuit malt, hops, caramel, and faint cracked wheat.

T: Malt sweetness up-front followed by soft caramel and toffee presence. Balanced hoppy bitterness is to the point and well done - this lasts a while and invites you back for more which is nice. Touch of unrippened tart apples at the end, but this goes well, I think.

M: Light bodied with low carbonation.

O: A smooth, crisp, clean beer. Nothing too over-the-top about this one. Simply easy to drink and refreshing. A decent shot at the style with good bitterness.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small cylindrical glass in the brewpub in Dublin.

A: Little head. Clearish; light yellow-brown. No lacing.

S: Not much. Faint hops and creamy fruit.

T: Not great -- moderate bitterness, kinda washy. Mild sourness. Hops are nice enough and linger in the aftertaste. The descriptions refers to it as "a quaffer." This is very true. The more you drink at once, the better it tastes.

M: No complaints. Bitterness is lightly drying.

D: Good in gulps. Bitter/sour flavours are good. Light overall. Not recommended, but good enough.

Grain -- Pale, Wheat, Vienna, Munich, and Crystal malts; flaked barley
Hops -- Sicklebract

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Photo of Mandrake
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, clear copper with a large and quite fluffy light tan head. Head fades fairly quickly, leaves some lacing, but the carbonation is fairly low, par for the course on cask. Aroma of quite strong and sweet caramel right off the bat, almost candyish. Thankfully the taste doesn't quite follow suit. Certainly there's a definite toffee note, but there's a good hop balance, with noble English varieties noticeable. Herbal notes and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is well defined and full without being too much for the style, and drinkability is excellent. I'm quite a fan, it's right on the money for the traditional bitter style. On cask at just under 4% abv, and not the listed 5.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - on cask, served cold in imperial pint glass
A - doughy rich malt, some earthy hops.
A - clear dark amber, half-inch of persistent white head
M - almost no carbonation, rich smoothness that you would expect from a cask. Full mouthfeel.
T - Very smooth floral balanced nicely with light malt flavor.
D - very smooth and well balanced with enough complexity to be interesting. Great session beer.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Porterhouse Central, its so rare to see a handpump down South.... They really are a rarity

Pours with a ruby red body with a few amber hints. Half inch thick off white head, fair retention. Some patchy lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, rich biscuity malt, little bit floral also. Slightly musty malt character, fresh english hops and some caramel sweetness

Taste, crisp bittering hops, caramel tinged bready malt, dry hops on the finish leaving a hoppy reminder on the palette along with some grassiness

A very drinkable bitter. 3.7% but full of hops and bready malt flavour. An interesting hop bill goes into this one, its single hopped with New Zealand Sticklebract hops. The malt bill is pretty large though and includes flaked barley, munich and vienna malt and wheat.

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Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was listed as 3.7% when I had it on cask at the Porterhouse in Dublin. I also think this was listed as a traditional Bitter not an ESB, but whatever. Deep copper color turning brown along the middle. A slight creamy head sits atop for a minute. Aroma has this sweet caramel graininess along with some zesty floral, lemony hops. A bit of toffee and yeastyness too. Taste is simpler but quite enjoyable. Light fruits dominate, pears and peaches and golden delicious apples. A bit of hoppy spicyness is in there but its restrained. The yeasty drying effect really kicks in towards the back. I was surprised by how easily these went down without myself getting too bored or losing interest. Obviously its not a punch in the face and not the most complex, but its damn smooth and quite intriguing. A great session beer.

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Photo of wl0307
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer on draught at the Covent Garden branch of the Porterhouse recently. Interestingly, when I sampled this beer on draught it's just 3.7% rather than 5.0%abv. in strength~~
A: pours a clear amber hue, without any head and the carbonation is quite low.
S: lightly sweet caramel along with raisin-like fruity nose and some faint trace of hops--not complex at all.
T: soft, refreshing and lightly fruity taste of hops and soft grainy pale malts, followed by good lingering, dryish bitterness at the back of the throat, with mild trace of light chocolatey malts(?). Quite interestingly, the vertical, dryish bitter mouthfeel lingers better than the overall flavour (does it make sense to anyone?).
M&D: very refreshing for a draught pale ale as it claims itself to be, with very very dryish aftertaste and a light body, this beer on draught is very thirst-quenching indeed!

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Photo of box299
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another one of the Porterhouse ales that I didn't find all that impressive. Stick with the XXXX Stout... The color was very rich and what you would expect from something cask conditioned beer but the tast was not that fresh... I get the same same after taste as a Harp... of which I am also not a fan.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on cask at the head of steam (euston, london). A dark red/light brown brew with a small cascading head of foam. Aromas are light but zesty, hoppy, floral, and fresh. Taste is hops up front, smoothed out by some delicate malts. Mouthfeel is creamy, and nice. Drinkability is excellent. A good session beer from this Irish brewery...

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Photo of palma
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown body with a long lasting creamy white head. Smell is malty and grainy with citrus notes. Light malt taste with a big wheaty/grainy aftertaste. I tasted a very slight skunkness every few sips - not sure what that was about since this beer was brewed on the premises. Besides that, it tastes great. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. A very nice brew but their Red is much better.

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Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty tasty for only 3.7%alc in it, and its very tasty, fresh zesty and a bit spicy (and citrusy). What you'd call a session brew i guess, dry enough, and very enjoaybale. Not what you'd call complex, but very well balanced, and entirely diggable, i could see myself having a few of these in one session.

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TSB from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 20 ratings