Junction | Sambrook's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sambrook's Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biboergosum on 01-13-2013

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by StJamesGate:
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3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright russet with craggy eggshell foam that clings.
Autumn leaf, sour cherry and chestnuts on the nose.
Blackberry granola bakewell and spicy, black tea hops.
Black plum finish and fruit stone linger.
Medium, round, some chew, smooth.

More depth than your average bitter, with lots of autumn fruits.. Challenger, EKG, and Bramling Cross together make for layers to the hops, and I definitely get blackberry from the latter. This is the difference with a real craft brewer.

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Photo of MikeG31
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a pint today wth a Sunday roast at the Prince of Wales in Kensington Church Street. For a 4.5% APV bitter at lunchtime it went down very well. Makes a change from those beers they try to push at you that taste of citrus or dishwater. Hope to find it north of the A40

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle. Named kind of perfunctorily after a local (to the brewer) railway switching station, apparently. Given my current situation, I'm more reminded of that bygone lurid website, Consumption Junction. Sigh.

This beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly pale tan head, which leaves some nicely scraggly webbed lace around the glass as it readily sinks away.

It smells of musty caramel malt, aged apple and pear fruitiness, and slightly spicy, leafy, herbal hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, a touch of sour biscuity breadiness, a bit of musky jam and toast, and perky, still zingy leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is pretty much on the low-fi side, but not totally inert, as I can still feel the inherent support provided, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, a bit of cloying pithiness in play. It finishes on the sweet side, the restrained caramel malt contending more with its own deficiencies than any contention from the lingering fruity, spicy, and herbal hop notes.

Not the most prototypical of English Bitters, but enjoyable enough in its own right - if you are a disciple of the malty side, that is, fruitiness included. Ah well, they all can't be traditionally peppy and, well, bitter, can they?

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Photo of maxist
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Junction, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear amber red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a narrow collar sound the edge and delicate lacing on the surface.
S: Light aromas of nutty and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts along with some hints of nutty malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: Ir feels medium-bodied in the palate and has just shy of a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have a very exciting taste but is quaffable and goes down easily.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of hopsputin
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: malty amber, almost red color

s: toasty malt, caramel, lots of sweet berries, and a hint of vanilla

t: caramel, sweet berries, earthy bitterness, and fresh dough

m: medium. this one has a little more to the mouth than other cask ales i've had

o: heavier than many other cask ales i've had. there is a nice malty flavor in here, and overall i'm happy with this. it has a nice mixture of flavors

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Photo of napetry
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitschiguy
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into English pint glass. Poured a deep cloudy copper colour with some head which didn't hang around.

Nose is lovely and malty with some dark dried fruit and biscuit.

Palate follows - dark fruit, bread and biscuit.

Mouth is too think for my liking though.

Overall very good and light enough to session. Mouth a little think but complex. Recommended.

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Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cask draft at the Hoop & Toy. Medium amber pour with small creamy beige head Aroma hints at sweet malts, which is the case for the flavor. Sweet malt, caramel, butterscotch, toffee. Kind of light weight, but not too bad.

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of CDNADV72
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Junction from Sambrook's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 21 ratings