Cambridge Bitter | Elgood and Sons Ltd

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Cambridge BitterCambridge Bitter

Brewed by:
Elgood and Sons Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Tobiasmjh
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical English Bitter. My favourite session beer in the area, not too dark, not too strong. Fruity both on the nose and in the mouth. Served on draught at the "Bluebell Inn", Werrington, Peterborough. not too keen on the "Black Dog".

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mahogany looking pint with a very thin white head.

The aroma is deceptively short on the nose but delivers some promise of hops and a malt inflection.

The fuggles hop glows through with its well rounded bitter edge and follows through to the challenger hop finish that gives it a refreshing bite.

The carbonation is just a slight bit keen for me this is compensated by a easy flowing mouthfeel that makes it go down well.

A good bitter, easy drinking a well flavoured on cask this must make a belter of a session beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer on one of my 'random beer tsting nights' (20th April 2010).

Brown 500ml bottle, slightly out of date and poured into a Batemans pint sleeve.

Good mid-amber colour, off-white head of tightly knit foam which showed good retension and produced some good lacing on the glass.

Fuggles and Challenger hops are used and the blend marries well in both the bitterness of taste and with the malted barley in the aroma which was an almost sweet toffee smell as the beer warmed a little.

I found the beer to be refreshing, crisp and tastey, full of a true English Bitter flavour (hoppy, malty and very drinkable.

The 3.8%ABV makes this a very good session beer and I look forward to having another one day soon.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Cambridge Wine Merchants, on Bridge St.

Appearance: darker in color than I had been expecting, rich amber with a big fluffy head that has great retention and leaves lace all over the place. Looks effervescent. Very clear.

Smell: a disappointment after appearance, the nose is fairly weak. Some soapiness I would typically associate with a lager, not an ale like this. A bit of floral hops.

Taste: light fruitiness, on top of a pleasant English maltiness. Finishes on a bitter hop note. What hop flavor there is remains fairly earthy and unassertive.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: quite fizzy, overly so. Would be solved in the cask version, I'd imagine... Body is light/medium. Aftertaste lingers. Drinkability is moderate.

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Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first encounter with the bottled version of this beer. 500ml brown bottle, BB 28/03/2008, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark reddish amber in colour, topped with a rather tight, frothy, maringue-like off-white head with good retention, while the carbonation is constant and lively w/o being too fierce.
S: upfront is a rich aroma mixed of Goldings' citrusness, caramelised sugar, sour-sweet marinated berries, and hop resins, while a mild and clean layer of pale malts stays beneath; as simple as it is necessary to show the essential elements for a Bitter.
T: the soothing hop bitterness and bitter-sweetness from caramely malts come hand in hand, while the biscuity maltiness and an almost herbal bitterness linger in the end, underlined by a subdued but consistent dry-ish palate from the combination of yeasts and hops that threads throughout the drink.
M&D: the texture is slightly too fizzy for an ale while the body is feather-light apart from the little extra weight given by the caramely malts; the overall performance here tells an even less interesting story than the cask version, but the dryish edge manages to bestow something extra to entertain my "bitter palate". Alas, amongst those Elgood's ales I've tried, this one by far is the least delicious...

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Cambridge Bitter from Elgood and Sons Ltd
3.68 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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