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Uncle Bob Bitter | Riverwalk Brewing

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Uncle Bob BitterUncle Bob Bitter

Brewed by:
Riverwalk Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/17/16

A: Dark gold with copper highlights - pours clear - Medium size white head with impressive retention, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Well-rounded maltiness - hearty bread, biscuits - grainy with some caramel grains - touch of citrus - leafy, herbal hops, hints of pepper - English ale yeast - slight hint of plastic hose - some hard water and minerality

T: Nice mouthful of bread - pale and caramel malts, grains - some bread, mulitgrain bread, toast, light biscuit - light touch of citrus, but mostly herbal, tea-like hops, with some grass - some yeast, with touches of pepper - sharp minerality - medium bitterness - finishes mostly clean, but could be cleaner, lingering off-flavors

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, mostly smooth

O: Wait, my uncle Bob doesn't live in England

In theory, this is great. It has some great bready flavors paired with some nicely herbal, tea leaf-like hops. It has a lot of flavor for the low ABV. The issue is that has some obvious flaws, including a plastic-hose like aroma and some light off-flavors (fusel alcohols). It reminds me too much of some bottles of homebrew that sat too long.

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Photo of cbutova
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours from the standard can to a tulip with a slightly hazy medium golden body. A frothy white head makes it up to about two fingers high with good retention. Lacing is rare with a few small spots.

S- The aroma is balanced for the most part with grains, yeast and hops all represented perhaps focusing on the first two just a bit more than the latter. Grains bring cereal, biscuit and light sweets while the yeast gives pale fruit like apple and white grape. Spicy and grassy hops.

T- The English yeast forms the base with a spicy, fruity and bready flavor profile; even a bit herbal. Apple and pear esters, rich cereal grains, biscuit, slight toast, butter, herbal and grassy, earthy hops.

MF- The body itself is a bit towards the light side and the texture is ever so slightly frothy; it comes off as a bit thin. High end carbonation and an herbal bitter finish.

English yeast is the driving force with an herbal and spicy feeling complimented by flavorful biscuit malts and spicy hops.

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Photo of andylipp
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can. A bright gold pour with a restrained head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is all English yeast and toasty Marris Otter. Mouthfeel is somewhat thi with restrained carbonation. The hops (Kent Goldings?) and yeast dominate the taste, with a mild toast and honey maltiness rounding it out. Not bad.

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Photo of DJoe
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. canned on 9/9/16

Pours amber gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like nutty toasted caramel malt, some minty piney earthy grass, mild spice, with lemon and orange citrus notes. Tastes like nutty toasted caramel malt, some tart lemony citrus, orange peel, some spice, with minty piney earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice English Bitter.

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Photo of LoudRed
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of diechipmunk
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like a bitter, biscuity, light caramel and yeast. Well balanced bitterness, but very little aromatics. It's a really good beer if you want a traditional English style ale and aren't looking for a hopped up American Amber.

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Photo of redsoxjim
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mikeg67
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours copper with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is piney hops, bready malt and ripe fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Earthy hops, caramel and bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and earthy. I can’t say I enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of stevehagy
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ElmerTLee
1.9/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Little malt or hop aroma, light gold in color, very dull and lifeless with no discernable English ale characteristics. Slight green apple in aroma, perhaps indicating some fermentation issues. I do not think I would try anything else from this brewery.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass.

Pours a slight hazy honey color with a white foamy head.

On the nose I get a lot of malts and toasted cereals. Notes of biscuits and sweet, burnt sugar.

The taste starts with a balanced sweet and bitter flavor. You get malts and bread with burnt sugar and slight bitter on the tongue. The after taste is reminiscent of a lager or pilsner. It doesn't have the usual characteristics of an English Bitter.

This brew is pretty carbonated and medium bodied. Finishes clean in the mouth.

Although it doesn't have everything a bitter usually has it is still not bad. I would drink this regularly if available.

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4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a tarnished foggy yellow with a thick foam head that persists for the whole pint. Mild grainy aroma with matching flavor and a mild bitterness that balances well.

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Photo of beerman999999
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Resuin
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color with good clarity. The bubbly and rocky head has absolutely no quit in it. Retention is awesome and lacing is clumpy and sticky.

S: Floral, freshly cut grass, hints of candied lemon peel and orange marmalade. Iced tea with lemon. Light whiffs of biscuit and scone English malts.

T: Floral, freshly cut grass, tea leaves and hints of tobacco. Orange marmalade. Lightly peppery. Earthy. Stiff bitterness. Malty undertones of caramel and scones. Drying finish.

M: Medium-light body. Round and slightly chewy malt feel. Lightly gripping hop astringency. Fine, prickling carbonation.

O: This beer is on point. Fresh and bright in character. Tasty, easily quaffable, and it feels like an authentic English Bitter. This is the type of beer I wish the session movement in the U.S. would embrace.

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Photo of DBosco
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bbbbeee
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This seemed right in the zone for a British bitter. Poured it from a bottle. Med/light body, not a lot of carbonation, some nice bitterness, lower alcohol content and really drinkable. It was gone fast. Would be great with fish and chips at the pub.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 500 ml bottle. Sampled on June 7, 2015.

It pours mostly yellow and heady more like a pilsener rather than what I envision for an English Bitter.

The aroma has some toasted pale malts, a bit of sweetness, and some grass

The body is light.

The bitterness comes forward more so in the taste after the pale malt flavors but it tends to remind me more of a Pilsener. It's just missing something.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbertsch
2.08/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fail. Doesn't look or taste like an ESB. Golden in color, which isn't right. Smell is almost there to style, but not quite. The Taste just falls flat, a little toasty and biscuity, not the full rich body ESB experience. Has a cheap aftertaste. Took 2 sips and left the $7 pint on the bar.

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Photo of ccurrid
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Uncle Bob Bitter from Riverwalk Brewing
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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