Butcombe Bitter | Butcombe Brewery Ltd.

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Butcombe BitterButcombe Bitter

Brewed by:
Butcombe Brewery Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by francisweizen on 11-05-2003

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour me underwhelmed by this one. Drank from the cask on tow occasions, once in Dartmoor, and once not far from Evesham.

Rich amber pour with a finger of well-lacing white head. Faint fruit in the nose, with a lot of grainy malt. The flavour is one-dimensional, relying heavily on the aforementioned grainy malts and a heightened tannin bitterness from the hops. A touch of fruit, perhaps, but little else. This makes it passable, but far from perfect. A nice mouthfeel helps to redeem, as the cask has given this an interesting texture, while the low ABV enhances the sessionability. Why would you session it though?

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tenesmus
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now available from Morrisons, 500ml bottle 4.5%. "Butcombe the original bitter" - perhaps a different brew than found on cask.

Pours a clean deep copper appearance, decent enough one finger white head, some lacing but seen better, minimal carbonation.

On the nose its toasted nuts, burnt caramel and biscuits, classic Maris Otter English ale aroma.

When tasted there is a lot more bitter hops than expected, the malts now provide balance and structure. Citrus, grassy hops with grainy toffee malts, some more exotic fruit in the backgroud. Medium body and nice smooth drink.

Lovely British bitter, very pleasant.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2017. Picked up a little while back from Waitrose. A classic English bitter and a former medal winner at the GBBF.

A: Poured into a pint mug. A deep coppery-amber colour with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of nutty caramel malt with hints of barley sugar, subtle roasted grain, leafy stewed hops and ale yeast. Possesses a faint sulphurous twang. Very traditional.

T: Tastes of grainy caramel malt with notes of barley sugar, slight nuttiness, a touch of roastiness, leafy hops and ale yeast. Faintly sweet, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Perhaps a shade too carbonated for the style. Aftertaste of stewed hops, caramel malt and yeast.

O: A solid bitter with a classic flavour profile. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are a pleasant blend of rich caramel malt, stewed English hops and ale yeast. Decent body; a tad too lively. Goes down like a dream - a must try for anyone seeking out a traditional bitter.

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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty amber with lumpy white head that clings in piles above the level of the beer. A very typical (and slightly dull) English autumn leaf and toasted nut nose with faint hops bark. Orange peel marmalade on dark toast then wood spice and oil hops. Overripe peach comeback and bitter linger. Medium, clingy, bit of flint.

Properly bitter pint of bitter (35 IBU, if I had to guess.) They don't mention the hop bill, but it's as good a showcase for sturdy English hopping as any (and not the best sample for Maris Otter, though it is 100%.) Good south of England ale.

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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand pulled into a pint glass

A - light copper amber in color, very slight whitel head, recedes almos immediately. Very little lacing

S - get some citrus and a slight barnyard dust some tropicals

T - very nice citrusy hop profile, crisp and clean, can tell good English hops. Very tasty

M - medium bodied very mild carbonation

Nice bitter could definitely drink another but they have 3 other styles to try.

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of wl0307
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted by half-pint at the Swan Tavern, City, London. The strength is at 4.0%abv.

A: amber, great clarity, coming with a foamy thin beer head and very retrained carbonation--looking very healthy for a cask ale.
S: apple-ish fruity hops along with deeply earthy and hay-ish smell of Fuggles-hops, a stream of light maltiness stays underneath--simple, but nice and focused.
T: lovely maltiness with a deeply toffee-ish hint prevails upfront, quite chewy; a profound tea-ish hoppyness joined by a faint trace of leafy bitterness lingers in the long aftertaste, where an intriguingly crisp and bitter finish deep on the sides of the tongue brings a LOT of pleasure and soothness~~
M&D: very fresh, softly carbonated, and medium-bodied; this is the kind of good honest cask bitter which could wake up the taste buds and make them shout for more~~ A session ale for me.

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

Cask @ Butcombe Brewery - Pours dark amber with a small white frothy head. Smell - slight fruit and malts. Taste - malty taste to the fore moving to light hops with nice bitter finish. Lovely balanced bitter.

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

On tap at the St Laurent country pub in Jersey. Pours a dark amber colour with a small white frothy head. Aromas of faint malt as well as light fruit. Tastes of roasted malts, some fruits, hops, caramel notes. Aftertaste is medium to light carbonation with a bitter finish. Overall a very good bitter.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.01/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very beautiful straw with creamy head that doesn t dissipate

Smells of grassy hops and grainy hops and some faint fruity notes

Tastes of much the same quite bitter but very good

mouthfeel is creamy but refreshing - i like

considering the above drinkaility is sehr high

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Butcombe Bitter from Butcombe Brewery Ltd.
3.95 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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