McBane's Best BItter | Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
New York, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 11-27-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by John:
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McBane’s Best is the house brew at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester and is brewed by Rohrbach Brewing Co. The T&M opened on 2 Nov 2007 at 381 Gregory St. By now brewer Bruce Lish has been back at Rohrbach for several months. In his second tour of duty there, this is Bruce’s first crack at what are sure to be many superb brews. With plenty of input from Tap owner and consummate English gentleman Joe McBane, the result is essentially an English bitter - leaning toward an English style pale ale - with a bit of a Yank twist on it.

I enjoyed this beer on several occasions on tap at the bar. The brew pours a bright, slightly hazy straw color. The head lingers leaving some lace clinging to the inside of the glass. The aroma is subtle grains, sourdough bread and a blend of earthy and leafy hops lending a hint of the flavors to come. The first sips produce a pleasantly hoppy introduction - bitterness coming from Chinook and flavor and aroma from the Goldings (if I remember correctly). These work quite well together here and are never overpowering. The middle shifts to a balance of lightly toasted grains and a slightly more herbal hop with some pepper notes coming back up through the nose. Carbonation is moderate, mouthfeel - light but satisfying. Finish is clean with a residual dryness and aromaitc hop essence that entices the drinker further. I admit that when I heard the style I was prepared to be underwhelmed. I was wrong. This is a fine brew and at 4.2%, one can put down a few of these and still carry on a conversation. This beer will appeal to a wide range of drinkers and is proof that every beer does not have to hit you over the head with a sack of hops or a buttload of alcohol to be enjoyable. Well done.

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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The house beer of Tap and Mallet. It is hoppy, with a creamy mouthfeel and lacey.A little golden. The bitterness is distinctly British.Carbonation OK, but neutral on aroma. Decent bitterness I could have again and will when about, though not a standout.

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Photo of grahambo
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On a recent trip home to Rochester a few friends and I stopped into the Tap & Mallet to see what the place was all about. Like a lot of the bars in Rochester this place has a signature brew...this one comes from Rohrbachs, though some come from Custom BrewCrafters.

I had this beer on tap poured into a pint glass.

The beer had a nice dark yellow color to it, not quite orange, but close. It smelled malty with some mild hints of hops.

The taste was intriguing. It was definitely a bitter, but there were other textures not found in the most bitters, namely a little citrus flavor and a touch more hops than I would have expected.

The mouthfeel was pretty good though not spectacular. The beer felt a little thinner than I would have wanted with the flavor profile.

Overall I would recommend this beer. Joe and Rohrbachs have done a great job with this one and I'll be having a few more next time I'm in town.

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3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Flour City Brewers' Fest 2008. McBane's Best Bitter is a cloudy straw colored beer with no visible carbonation and a white film for a head. The aroma is earthy, fruity and grassy-- all hops (Goldings, I think). It is light bodied and very smooth. The flavor is all hops. It's lightly bitter and fresh tasting. There really isn't any aftertaste. Pretty nice!
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

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McBane's Best BItter from Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 4 ratings