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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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh cask from the brewwpub.

Tough froth atop a golden pour. Liquid dessert.

Scents of berry, red apples, and cake dough sans sugar.

Solid bitter brisk tea and plenty of complex notes to be exceptional.

Killer suds enjoyment.

Quite drinkable. Enjoyed while touring VICTORY t'nite.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable, at least on-cask. Looks absolutely incredible. The head just wouldn't go down. It was so beautiful I just let it sit for a while. Seriously. I normally call beer God's gift to man. Sometimes you need to just sit and appreciate.

I couldn't get too much of a smell. After the head eventually got down I got more of a smell. I have a poor sense of smell, so I'm not going to hurt it too much in the rating.

The taste is a little heavy on the hops, but the beer is made from second-runnings of Old Horizontal so that makes sense. The malt is perfect up-front. The aftertaste is hops, but not overpowering. A very good drinking beer. I would tone down the hops just a little bit (only in the aftertaste) to give this a five. This style is delicate so I suggest not tinkering with the recipe. Yes, that's right. Don't listen to me!

The mouthfeel is as smooth as silk. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drinkability? I can't get enough. This is the ultimate session brew.

This beer shows Victory's incredible versatility. They do big-beers well. But they do medium-strength beers well. And they do these small beers well also. My hat is off to them. Bravo!

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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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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed my experience with this beer. A session beer that can be enjoyed pint after pint after pint. I once thought that cask beer's appearance was unappealing, but not any more. I think cask ales are a beautiful thing to behold. A very nice fruity yeast flavor with just enough hops to barely overpower the malt in this beer. I'm not sure how this would be in a bottle or from a keg, but from the cask, it was excellent.

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Photo of jreitman
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on the hand pump at the brewery and was glad I did. Poured a hazy gold (haze mostly due to carbonation) with a nice bright white foam layer on top. Aroma was pretty subdued but hinted at apples and pears with a dash of malt sweetness. Very mild tasting with no overly strong flavors and a very clean finish. Hints of pears and apples and the malt sweetness carried over from the nose. Mouthfeel was amazingly smoothe going down. A truly impressive feat and something I have not experienced very often in a beer. Could easily drink a lot of this and not get sick of it. If you go to the pub, you MUST try this one...of course, you could say that about all their beers.

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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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Photo of boblinneman
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from handpump, creating a smooth creamy beer. Very drinkable, silky mouthfeel. Lacks the snappy flavor of Victorys single hop ESB. Great beer if your not in the mood for a very aggressive style. Mild malts, citrusy hops - excellent session brew.

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Uncle Teddy's Bitter from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 232 ratings