Uncle Teddy's Bitter | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2002

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: single finger head and excellent retention as it is on the hand pull on a very lslightly hazy crimson with golden hues body. Very nice lacing.

S: very fruity and floral, almost popouri floral. Citrus is pineapple banana and tangerine.

T: very flavorful and nicely hopped for the style. Flavors include earthy hops, lightly roasted malts, slight bitter floral hops and very light caramel and orange citrus sweetness.

M: medium body and cask smoothness. Wet finish.

Overall: an excellent beer for the style and one of the best casket beers I have had. Highly drinkable which doesnt sacrifice flavor to be so.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts with notes of citrus hops.
T: Flavors of buttery, toasted malts dominate the overall taste along with some notes of citrus and a subtle amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with just a hint of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink; when combined with the low alcohol content it makes it perfectly sessionable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and great head retention that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Fruity aroma with hints of earthy hops

Taste: Bread and fruity flavors up front with nice moderated earthy bitterness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bittter earthy flavors dominate but there is a sweet fruitiness on the tip of the tongue at the end

Mouthfeel: Heavy body and low carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of a style that is rarely brewed on these shores

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-nitro-tap at Pony Bar (Hells Kitchen) in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear deep medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some darker golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and bready malts with a light amount of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of toasted pale malts that have an almost buttery aspect to them with some light notes of citrus/orange rind hops and just a hint of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Super creamy.

O: Unfortunately this beer did not really benefit from being served on nitro - it came out a little too creamy almost like a cream ale. I think this beer would be best served on cask with light amounts of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most authentic domestically produced English-style bitters; and an "ordinary" to boot! Once it's settled from the handpump pour, the body is a hazy golden with an orange cast that's topped by a thin cap of creamy bright white foam that holds quite well and leaves some lace. The aroma is limited but offers a subtly fruity, mostly malty character with a light earthiness that's probably contributed to by hops although they're not distinct. The flavor is quite mild combining a soft, clean thin maltiness with a light floral and earthy hop flavor. The body is light with an exceptionally fine carbonation that's extremely smooth and lightly creamy. The finish continues much as it started but without the sharper hop flavor. The bitterness is very well balanced and does just enough to keep the pint interesting. Serious session brew!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Ashley's Saturday night.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear brass color with a creamy white head atop.Aromas were light with mild biscuit and earthy hops standing out,flavors are dry and earthy with a tinge of iron/metal a firm dryer biscuit base is there throughout.A simple easy drinking cask bitter wich it's supposed to be.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with one finger of just slightly off white foam on top of a lightly hazy, dark golden brown body.

S - Notes of red apple, cinnamon, bready malt and caramel.

T - Thick, bread and toffee up front.  Red apple yeast and more bread in the middle.  Finishes with musty hops more fruity yeast, and lingering rich, thick malt.

M - A moderately thick, creamy body, low carbonation, and a balanced finish.a

D - excellent, the best bitter I have had since the last time I was in the UK and honestly better than most even there.  Great yeast character and rich malt with just enough hops to impart the requisite bitterness and keep it balanced.  I'm really glad I got to have it from a cask as that probably made a huge difference.

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3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather warm in the not-quite-a-pint glass. Nice creamy head on the amber brew tinged with yellow. Slightly hazy. Pleasant light mouthfeel.

Pleasant mouthful of hops. Very resiny with a moderate bitter hit. More like an English Pale Ale than practically any brew I've had on our side of the ocean. Thin mouthfeel, and near flat, but appropriate to the style. Great perfumey aromas and flavor. Tops for quaffability.

From the cask at London Grill in Philadelphia. Notes from visit on June 1, 2012, the beginning of Philly Beer Week.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on cask at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Hand-pumped into a pint glass, this ESB was a clear, golden brown, fairly low carbonation, with a small head of delicate, white bubbles that completely disappeared before the end of the drinking session. Lots of caramel and yeast in the nose, very clean and fresh. Nice taste, with caramel and honey, bready yeast, and a great balance of hop bitterness that makes this beer distinctive yet very accessible. Medium body, a bit chewy, and left a bit of syrupy film in the mouth. Overall drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Churchkey. Served in a pint glass. Pours a nice caramel-copper with a good, lasting white head. Nice sticky lacing. The nose carries some bready, slightly-toasty malt along with just a touch of nuttiness. Good earthy, floral hops in the background then coming through into the flavor. Nice malty base for that, though still fairly thin (without being watery). Light body with appropriate cask carbonation and a smooth bitterness. Well done bitter.

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4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the VBC.

Pours hazy golden orange with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy brite-white head. Great retention on this guy that produces huge, thick coating of lace down on the sides of the pint glass. The aroma is a pleasing mix of light bread, nuts, citrus, and hops.

The taste starts with a silky malt base that props up a nice presence of lemon zest and grassy bittering hops. The mouthfeel is light, easygoing, and creamy with a bit of a dry finish and feel.

A really solid example of a Bitter from Victory that keeps a decent amount of flavor packed in while still maintaining that lower ABV. I love the fact that they keep this on cask at all times now at the brewery as the silky body only adds to it's immense sessionalbility. I'm always up for a pint or six of this when we visit.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, medium copper-hued body pulled from the cask with a slim, scraggly, ivory head. A few dots of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faint, tenuous notes of crisp grains, toffee, and dried peppery herbs.

Taste: Light toffee maltiness, subtly sweet. Light toasted grains with a touch of nuttiness. Faint golden raisin fruitiness. Mild herb and spice from the hops. Faintly bitter. Lightly malty finish with some of that herbal edge lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Low carbonation.

Overall: Pleasant, nicely balanced, easy-drinking session cask beer for lunchtime.

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Victory scores again with this bitter, tasted like an ordinary bitter to me which not many US brewers dare to touch being that it is such a delicate style to tangle with. A good rounded malt sweetness throws toasted crackers and a mild fruitiness to the taste buds. Hops were at a impeccable level of balance. The cask-conditioned smoothness was so impressive that I wanted to quaff this one all night. Great job guys!

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4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on a recent visit to the Victory Brewpub my homebrew club the Lancaster County Brewers made -served on cask in a Nonic

A - A lightly hazed caramel colored rosy amber w/ thick cream cap. The head is smooth and the lace has pin point bead almost blends into microfoam w/ a nice sunny glow to the ale - beautiful color

M - A moderately thin feel ut good density for the style, herbal feel from hops is slightly bitter w/ mild creaminess from the malt and light toast w/ a very mild alcohol effect

S - The aroma has lots of hop goodness- English spiced and slightly fruity esters of yeast w/ the hops in check and slight caramel note from the malt

T - The taste has a nice mix of hops w/ herbal flavor and slight fruitiness w/ bitter edges and sweet toast notes from the malt. A light green pepper quality is notes w/ mild apple like fruit flavor in the yeast and a light tart tinge - the creamy cask treatment allows the flavor of the malt to blend well with the English hops which give a good deal of flavor to the overall beer

D - Crazy good - SO drinkable -I almost gave this a five, but I still was compelled to try several of the 15+ beers at the brewpub so it didn't keep me locked in, but it could have.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask into a Victory lager mini-pint glass at the Victory brew-pub.

A - Pours golden orange with a pure white one finger head that leaves thick, sticky, lacing down the entire glass.

S - Very fresh smell to this one. Plenty of leafy hops, english yeast, and bready/caramel malts. This is a very welcoming and fresh smelling beer.

T - Very light taste. Hops are a bit muted compared to the nose, plenty of chewy malt, and a crisp, clean, finish thanks to the english yeast. So damn tasty and refreshing. I could see myself drinking a few too many of these no problem.

M - Light body and flavor with excellent carbonation. Fairly smooth with a dry finish. Very nice feel to this one.

D - With the combo of the low ABV and toned down flavors this one is highly quaffable. I could literally drink this all day.

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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at ChurchKey.

Especially during my last hurrah there, I had to get a random cask selection at the CK. My brother helped me choose this one. It pours a slightly hazed pale straw topped by a tiny smattering of bubbles yearning to be taken seriously as a head. In vain, I say. The nose comprises strawberry, ginger, candi sugar, flowers, and caramel. The taste is surprisingly simpler, considering the smell: Notes of wheat, flowers, and corn are all that make up the assault on my 'buds. This meager list does well, though, even if not very far. The body is light, with no real carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice bitter, as simple and understated as it gets, while still keeping my interest.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded amber orange hue forms a vibrant creamy tan head. Froth and thick with thick even bands of lacing that develop with each sip, good cask conditioned gets harder to come by in the Burgh as time goes on. Bars that used to carry a cask or two don't anymore it's really a shame. Well, this flowing at Fathead's and as soon as I saw it I knew what I would drinking at least a few of. Aroma has roasted caramel with nutty edges herbal funky UK hops with just a finish of piney hoppiness. Flavor is mildly bitter nothing overplays anything else. Session beer at it's best can't hide any off flavors in a brew like this definitely a technical display of talent. That slick oily rush of hops quickly disperses with the roasted malt nut flavors, like a said just a clean drinkable mix of flavorful beer were both sweetness and hop flavor have multiple dimensions. Mouthfeel is of course the strength of most cask beers, and this one is no exception. Creamy fluffy body with hop oils streaking the palate natural light carbonation goes down with such ease, no alcohol burn when it's 3.5-4% abv. Drinkability anytime I see this one flowing, hopefully next time I belly up to a long wooden bar in Downingtown that would be a nice place to meet up with this brew again.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Uncle Teddy's Bitter from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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