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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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Euroglot
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TGS
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Spike
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear. Red brown. No carbonation. Thin, white head recedes to a cap. Leaves some lacing. Swirl creates a flurry of bubbles. Classic English bitter look.

Smell is of light, malt sweetness. Becomes more dry and earthy as the pint warms. Again, very much in line with the style.

Taste is malt (100% Maris Otter) with a good deal of dry, English hops. A very traditional hop profile, done very nicely.

Medium body. Crisp and bitter. Clean finish. No alcohol. Exceptionally refreshing. Very sessionable.

I enjoyed this. It's a very traditional pint, but it feels well balanced and is extremely drinkable. The crisp finish is particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinicole
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ckollias
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Clubroot
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Wobbly
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Very good bitter in the bottle. Truly remarkable on tap.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Johnq1964
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BILF
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish hued very light brown bodied clear body with very thick white head, I amanged to get at least a cm of this throth and it pretty much stuck.

Smells of beer shampoo roast potatos and sugar soap subtle but satisfying and appetising aromas.

Similar tastes with superbly balanced aspects like biting into wholemeal bread with rich thick malt then slow long drawn out hops before bitterness sits on the togue.

Nice flowing and thirst quenching mouthfeel, not flimsy but not cloying, put this with spot on carbonation that is barely noticable makes a great bottled bitter.

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Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brown/amber colour with a decent frothy head that settles down very quickly.

Smells like light malts and a hint of hoppiness too.

Tastes very well balanced, an average malty-caramel flavour with a fruity bittersweet taste of hops.

Overall a very good and very refreshing bitter.

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Photo of looktowindward
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of stercomm
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Butcombe Bitter from Butcombe Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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