Brooklyn Bitter | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2002

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by WillWillows:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Photo of sponberg
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Mahar's - a hand-pulled English pint.

Amber, slightly cloudy, with a thin head. The aroma is pure British, a fruity maltiness that seems right for the style. Starts out with a noticeable dry-hopped (Goldings?) sort of hop bite, followed immediately by a balanced bitter/sweet, toasty maltiness that combines with the hop for a taste that is right up my alley. The bitterness comes on and the sweetness drops off near the end, leaving a clean, dry-ish finish. Very nice. Supposedly, this was brewed in conjunction with JW Lees.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at D.B.A. in NYC.

Slightly hazed deep amber with a thin off white lace that struggles to stick. Mild aroma of nutty grain and yeast with faded fruity esters to the side. Sweet toasted grain throughout with a sharp bite of hop bitterness and estery alcohol to not only balance but cut through the sweetness totally. A decent cask that I would go back to again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to be able to give this one a try at the Blind tiger Ale house in NYC. Served fairly warm and with low carbonation. Poured clear almond, no head nor lacing to speak of. Mellow malt nose, This is a tasty and pleasant little ale, notes of rye and vanilla riding over a malt center. Very slight sourness noted late in the finish (maybe it was getting a tad old.) Pleasant sessioner, well worth a try.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask-conditioned from a freshly offered pin (half-sized firkin) at the Savoy Restaurant's annual cask event (Manhattan).

Golden amber with a moderate aroma of mainly fresh hops. The taste was mellow but subtly succulent, with the naturally-produced CO2 formed from secondary fermentation in the cask sending malt and hop notes delicately to the palate. The finish was very well-balanced with mild nutty notes and a slight hint of underlying sweetness coming through.

Basically, a very good recreation of a subtly-balanced traditional English cask bitter, designed for easy quaffing by the pint.

PS: I've had this beer on cask before in another outlet locally that spoiled the flavour experience by serving it much too cold, rendering it to seem bland and lacklustre. Garrett Oliver please note if you read this...

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a fair light amber to copper color with just a film of a little white foamy head that slid off immediately. The aroma had some nutty to fruity malts, somewhat pomme-like with a fresh grassy smell. Light biscuits and a soft white bread underneath. The flavor brought the previously mentioned aromas together semi-sweetly with a crisp dry malty breadiness rolling about. Lightly touches the aftertaste and then rolled into the finish fairly nice. The feel was between light and medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Low carbonation as expected for the style. Some smoothness to this one. Overall, as an English Bitter it works. I could have this again.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Best Bitter Cask

Appearance: Amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Malty hops and spices.

Taste: wood cask, silky malts, and subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and light.

This brew is watery and light. The bitterness is very subtle along with all the flavors. When you do taste the flavors, they blend very well.

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Photo of JeffreyHadley
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Albertv05
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY and was very excited to see a cask selection from Brooklyn; especially a bitter. Bitters on cask are my favorite style of cask conditioned beer hands down, so I was really looking forward to this one.

Poured a nice, rich golden yellow with hints of orange. Not super clear, but that was okay by me. There was little head that faded into lacing pretty quickly.

The smell was excellent. Mild with the right balance of hops and malt. Maybe some light fruitiness too. I can't remember too much of the aroma, I dove right into this one.

The taste was just what I wanted and actaully much better than I was expecting. Very smooth, nice malt characterics with some light carmel notes. Nice hop balance as well. Earthy and clean.

This was a great beer and I could probably put back quite a bit of this delicious stuff. This was a great offering and I'll be looking for this again.


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Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of atozymurgy
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the Brazen Head in Brooklyn, where they list the date the cask was tapped on their board. This had been open two days when I tried it, but it was still fresh and fizzy.

I would rate this as a nearly perfect bitter. The only minor detraction is for the appearance. The color was just right, a deep gold with copper highlights, and the small but persistent head was style-appropriate too, but there was some cloudiness. This doesn't really bother me, except that I've had cask-conditioned bitters in England that came out crystal clear.

Smooth sailing from there... The nose was grainy, with some fruity esters and hints of caramel, plus just the right hoppiness (not overhopped for the style, like many American versions, IMO). The flavor was predominantly malty, with some caramel sweetness and fruitiness, but balanced well by hop bitterness. (I'm guessing they use British hops, which is nearly essential for this style.)

The mouthfeel almost gets a detraction - when I drank this it was perfect for a bitter, not too fizzy, not quite flat, which makes me think that it must have been overcarbonated when tapped three days ago. But since it was good when I had it, I give it a great score.

Overall, a fantastic session beer, and a bitter that would fit in nicely in an English pub.

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of palma
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent bitter here. On cask at the blind tiger ale house in NYC. Served at the perfect temp.
Nice lasting head for a cask beer. Bready nose, mild and sweet.
Wonderful taste. Mild fruity and nutty flavors. Everything is "mild" in this brew - just what I'm looking for when I order a cask bitter. Low ABV. Pounded this beer in an instant. Can drink this all day and not get tired of it. Finishes with a mellow sweetness and a slight muskiness leading to some good complexity which is unexpected for a brew of this style.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes (9/25/09)

A - poured mildly cloudy, orange blossom honey color with 1" white head that left nice lacing. 4.0

S - biscuits, touch of citrus, and orange peel. Mild earthiness. 3.5

T - light caramel and biscuit malt backbone with a pronounced hoppiness akin to that of an IPA. Delicious grapefruit aftertaste. 4.5

M - amazingly smooth and rich, yet light and bubbly in body. 4.5

D - Yes. Indeed. 5.0

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Photo of sid6581
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pulled from a cask at Waterfront Ale House in Brooklyn. This is the first time I have seen this beer in a while.

Slightly hazy but fairly clear.

Wonderful EKG hop aroma.

Clean, authentic bitter flavor. Fruity English yeast are well controlled.

Goes down smooth. Very drinkable. I could have easily had a few more of these.

Went very well with the Caesar Salad and Turducken served from the restaurant week menu.

Overall, a very nice bitter from Brooklyn!

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-cask at the Blind Tiger.

Pours out a clear light brownish amber with a thin white head of big, sudsy bubbles.

Smell is malty with toasted grain, a bit of a plum/raisiny maltiness, and a light hop bite.

Flavor is dry and toasty with a light fruit flavor on top of a big blanket of malt and some nice bitter Euro hop bitterness. Still a fair amount of sweetness, but the hops provide a nice counterpoint.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall: Pretty nice little cask bitter that I'm glad I got a chance to try.

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Photo of Nferretti89
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of delapowicz
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as my second beer of the evening at Busy Bee in Raleigh on cask
Typical medium alcohol casked bitter. Nice session beer.

Very yeast nose up front. Musky. But. Not a distraction. Added to the flavor I wanted. Many of the beers I am finding on Cask are over the top alcoholic. Brewmacho I call it. This beer is the type of beer you would find in an English pub.

Cheers Garrett

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Photo of boondogglefob
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Brooklyn Bitter from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 22 ratings