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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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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was on cask at my overnight accommodation this week, really glad I choose to stay at 'The Lamb Inn', Iron Acton.

Poured a lovely deep, dark amber, clear, wholesome and smooth looking. One of the whitest of white heads I've ever seen on a bitter, it was only thin, but it stayed and left some lacing as the beer level sank.

I had three pints and loved each one, the hops and barley aroma was slightly sulphurus but not off-putting in any way, it just added to the bitterness that came towards the finish of each mouthful. It is a true flavoursome English Bitter and was the only beer the brewery produced for its first 18 years, they now do three others.

Very moorish, which is why I had three of these and didn't get to try the others, which were also on offer, along with Bass and Courage Bitter (all on cask!).

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Photo of wl0307
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper color. A one finger white head forms with good retention. Nice sticky lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: A bright and clean citrus burst of hops up front. Grassy, floral, and spicy hops as well. A light sweetness in the finish and balanced everything out nicely.
T: Follows the nose with lots of hops up front. Big citrus flavors and a substantial, but not overbarring bitterness. Floral and grassy. A really interesting spicy flavor rounds out the great hop character here. A sweetness lingers for a great balance. Light fruity apples and pears as well.
M/D: A medium to full body that is really well carbonated. Velvety smooth and creamy. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day. A great session beer.

Another wonderful English Bitter on cask that I have had the opportunity to try in the UK. A big and complex hop flavor that is always in balance. All around excellent, and highly recommend.

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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 francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Old George in London. This is an excellent bitter with an amber colour and a nice head. The aromas are of dark fruits, juicy hops, and nice, rich malts. The taste is hoppy and malty with both flavors really battling for the nod. The mouthfeel is pretty excellent, as is the drinkability.

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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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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

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 bobsy
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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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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 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 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 vinicole
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 brutalist
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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 Euroglot
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Mark
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale poured a brownish gold and was topped by a thick white head that left solid sheets of lace. Slight aroma of what i imagined to be fresh hay fields. Malt dominated taste with subtle hopping. Very drinkable and refreshing, healthy too. Seemed slightly herbal. My second beer I've tried from Butcombe. Had it at my favorite Wetherspoons.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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Butcombe Bitter from Butcombe Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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