Nik's Bitter (But Never Angry)
Turtle Swamp Brewing

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Style:
Bitter - English
Ranked #48
ABV:
4%
Score:
84
Ranked #52,463
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 23.37%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
10
From:
Turtle Swamp Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  2
SCORE
84
Good
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 10 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ManapuaMan:
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Oscar’s in Dedham; enjoyed a few 16oz pours.

Caramel copper hue with moderate clarity. Thin white head that lingered throughout.

Aroma of tea, pear, toasted malt, caramel, toffee. Hops are there and it’s more floral than piney on the nose.

Taste follows suit with a nice bready opening, pear and apple middle followed by sweet biscuit and a bitter kiss on the cheek.

Easy drinking, smooth, with a substantial taste and body for the ABV. Great brew. Quintessential session beer.

Dec 07, 2018
More User Reviews:
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O-Meg from New York

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 16, 2019
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Arg914 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 16, 2019
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Brrrrlvr from Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -74.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Aug 11, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep darker copper. Clear. Nice off white head. Good ring lacing despite being served in a clear plastic glass.

Strong caramel aroma, but not sweet. Low hop presence.

The taste is very "clean" with a clear caramel and crystal malt initial flavor. I also get darker biscuit and lighter earth tones. The hop, while lighter than most American versions of a Bitter, is actually closer to the English version, maybe even a little hoppier. Full bodied with a lower (again, like the English style) carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent example of a true ESB. If reminds me of the Tremont Ale from decades before.

Jan 21, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 05, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crowler poured into a snifter

Translucent brewed tea like appearance, pencil thin one finger foam cap quickly settles to a ring

Fresh beer aroma , apple wine aroma , yeasty

Malty , whiff of yeast flavor, whiff of apple fruit

Good sudsing, bit of tartness , slight lingering bitterness , dry finish

Nice beer

Nov 26, 2017
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Icka31 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 17, 2018
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 08, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a Clear copper orange with a massive fluffy white head. It has medium high carbonation. The beer smells of biscuit, caramel, toffee, and pine. It tastes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, some bitterness, with some pine. The mouthfeel is light, clean, and crisp with a dry finish. This is a solid bitter, but doesn’t have much going on.

Mar 21, 2018
Nik's Bitter (But Never Angry) from Turtle Swamp Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 10 ratings