SOB (Special Old Bitter) | Pump House Brewery

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SOB (Special Old Bitter)SOB (Special Old Bitter)

Brewed by:
Pump House Brewery
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep honey-coloured unfiltered west coast style session beer with the classic fresh aromatic hop bouquet mingling with malty undertones for excellent balance finishing with a pleasant lingering bitterness. A great thirst quencher or the perfect buffer with spicy foods!

Added by pootz on 09-01-2006

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by FishGetter:
Photo of FishGetter
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up on a trip to Canada. Golden apperance with a light shade of orange. Loads of carbination stream up to form a frothy head. Nice lacing left on glass.
Upon opening, light wiffs of bittering hops fill the air. Great nose. Sweet malts balance with bitter hops. Some hints of honey too.
Mild bitter punch right off the first taste. Mixing in is some light grain flavors. Some green grassy and sweet malt are detected. Some more bitter hops hang around to finish off drink.
Almost a medium mouthfeel. Drink is clean and fresh. Welcoming bitterness hangs on tounge.
In this reviewers opinion, one of Pump Houses better offerings. Has some fresh hopped brewed qualities. Just wish brewers wouldn't put awards they recieved over a couple years old. It tells me they haven't done anything good since then. Look forward to trying there DIPA next time I'm up.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: ¼ inch head, clear, dark gold in color, small carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and caramel

Taste: caramel at the start followed by a healthy dose of citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter finish that lingers a bit, light body, high carbonation

Drinkability: This one is a better than average bitter beer. I wish this one hit more notes like a lot of the Pumphouse brews, but it is not bad. One I would probably skip over in the future, but an ok beer.

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Photo of djcreepshow
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of robnews
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Guiness Pint Glass.

Excellent amber color with foamy slightly off white head.

Great smell with present hop aroma coming off.

Bitterness appearing later in the taste with hop flavor following. Nice aftertaste, not overly bitter or hoppy.

Compared to the Garrison hopyard Pale Ale, I think I prefer this one. Not tiring. Very nice interpretation of this style. Drinkability is high.

I am quite pleased with this and glad I picked it up direct from Pump house.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, at Wunderbar, in the fading afternoon light, which actually matters at a place like this. Same fire hydrant imagery as its brethren, speaking out from the label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden orange amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and light whipped cream off-white head, which leaves some nice coral reef lace around the glass as it lazily drops away.

It smells of bready, rather biscuity caramel malt, dry field honey, leafy pine needles, and bitter generic citrus pith. The taste is just as well balanced, with a goodly dose of biscuity caramel/toffee malt, neutered lemon and orange fruit rind, ethereal Tootsie Roll notes, and further leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wee zesty frothiness throughout, the body an adequate medium weight, a tad prickly, but mostly smooth. It finishes with a drying leafy citrus edge, amongst all that proprietary English malt goodness.

A nicely hopped-up bitter, bordering on Canadian IPA territory - you know, English sentiment blended with American practicality, and all that. Would happily have again, at non-bar prices, in larger amounts, and with more ambient light, so I could see the (as now, imaginary) people I would be enjoying this with.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden brown, creamy off white head retained well and laced up the glass
S - caramel, dank herbal and citrus hops, light spiciness
T - light caramel roasty malt, very tasty sherbal and spicy hop notes, and a lemon citrus finish
M - medium carbonation, somewhat light and pleasantly bitter with some citrus tartness
D - very impressed with this, more hoppy than I was expecting with a good malty balance, easy drinking and very tasty

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Photo of souvenirs
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm hoping for lots of hops, but we'll see.

A: very cloudy honey brown, two fingers of lingering tan head, visible carbonation.
S: not a lot of hop presence, grainy malt
T: grainy malts, grassy bitterness, mainly in the aftertaste.
F: fairly low carbonation, no bite, slight lingering bitterness.
O: An okay beer that I wouldn't refuse, but I wouldn't choose it either. I'm not sure what's "west-coast style" about it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelized malt with hints of dry English hops with some nice floral undertones. Taste is sweeter then expected but well balanced with some floral and dry English style hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well done and more complex then anticipated while not really being close to style but really, who cares?

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Photo of TimeLincoln
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Moniker for this one.

The beer color is copper and it is slightly veiled. The head is superb. Creamy looking and dense. Sticks quite well to the glass. I consider this to be the perfect look. The aroma is floral and slightly fruity. The aroma could be a little bit more intense to bring this beer to exceptional status. The taste however is perfect. Bitter, fruity with some caramel notes. Awesome. The body is medium. The drinkability is exceptional. Excellent beer.

Thanks a lot to Moniker. One of the best beer I tasted in 2009.

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Photo of Garin
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours pale and brassy, with some coppery hues. Through the glass, it's cloudy. On top is a puffy white head that sinks in rapidly.

Lots of floral hops on the nose, with biscuity malt hiding in behind.

The flavour is interesting. Is there a mixture of english and C* hops in here? The overtones are english, but I get this little kick of grapefruity resinousness in the finish. Fascinating. It's also a touch more hoppy than your bog-standard to-style bitter, but I'm quite ok with that. I'd call this one a Pacific-Northwest bitter, in the best way possible. It is to traditional bitters what the American IPA is to traditional IPA.

Light carbonation and a silky smooth but low-key body make this an excellent session beer.

Beautifully done Pump House! I'll be back for many more.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 341 ml brown bottle, came in a 6 pack. Pours out a chill-hazed copper hue with a tall white frothy head with impressive retention.

Dry toasty malt on the nose, light esters, some caramel appears, light grassy and spicy hops.

Mild toffee up front in the flavour, light orange esters in the middle, dry spicy hop finish, clean aftertaste. Actually gets a bit sweet in the aftertaste as it lingers, a dry sweetness.

Medium-full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, dry.

A decent Bitter, it holds its own, yet is nothing overly memorable either. Still it makes for a good session ale.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of papat444
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cjbmcdon for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A hazy, dark honey body with a thick, 3 finger head that gradually recedes to 1 finger but lasts a good while. Very nice.

Smell: Spices, caramel, malt and a bit of hops.

Taste: A coppery, mineral-like aspect. Good presence of bitter hops and a nice spicy edge to it. The taste hits more after i swallow. Very distinct taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth at first then gets a little harsh in the aftertaste. Carbonation is average. Not bad.

Drinkability: The only impediment is the roughness of the taste a little bit but it still drinks very well. Half my glass without me even realizing it.

Overall: A very tasty bitter with a unique taste. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of DreamDeath
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Vandelayindustri
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mrmanning
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle- A deep and hazy orangey/brown with a huge froth of beige foam, leaves nice lace too. Nose of earthy malts, some caramel, fresh greens, intense hops. Flavour profile is hop-sided. Loads of fresh, green hops (I believe this has been dry hopped), earthy malts, some mild fruit, citric pith. This is just really all about the hops. Very astringent finish, dry and hop laden. I love it. Thanks for the bottle Darlene!

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Photo of grub
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled may 9/09.

pours crystal clear copper orange with a big fluffy off-white head. drops very slow with lots of chunky lace.

aroma is ok. big buttery and toffee nose. light alcohol. earthy and woody. bit of floral character. white bread.

taste is nice. just over medium bitterness level. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of alcohol. buttery. bit of toffee. bit floral. earthy and woody again.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. well balanced. the buttery character really takes away from it and throws me off. pretty good otherwise.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Idrankthat
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of nighthawk
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was a fairly clear honey-gold, with one finger of white foamy head with good retention and left plenty of lacing.

Notable pine hop aroma, with background of biscuit.

Taste is spearheaded by hops; citrus quickly tends toward pine bitterness. Slightly honey and caramel-sweet biscuit forms the malty backbone. Hops come out on top, but there's a pretty good balance going on.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, nice bit of carbonation, fairly light in the mouth; but not watery.

This is a great quaffer on-tap, it's quickly becoming my regular at Maxwell Plum's.

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Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a fairly large-sized, off-white head that diminished to about a half-finger size for the duration of drinking. Body is mostly clear, with some slight hazing. Color is a dark-orange.

S: Very nice aroma of... bitterness. Well, what is expected, I guess. Quite strong compared to some others, but some nice background aromas that I unfortunately can't identify.

T: Average to long-lasting duration of bitters... starts off slightly sweet but ends with the bitterness and some light acidity.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy texture, with average carbonation.

D: Probably one of the Pump House's best, if not THE best. It would be easy, and very satistfying, to put back a few of these.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color. Haze free. Modest bar-pour head. Leaves only rim bubbles after settling. Some streaks of lace. 

Mostly grainy malt aroma. Very low hop nose. A touch of honey. 

Round, crystal malt flavor. Rich bodied which is enhanced with a low carbonation level. There's little bitterness, even in the swallow, which has a bit of sourness. 

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Photo of Long813
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is decent, as is lacing.

S: Large notes of pine hops and some sweet caramel malts. Much more american then an English stylel.

T: Very hop forward with a nice mixture of fruits and sweet malts.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. The carbonation could be lower, but it's not off putting. The texure is frothy and leaves a nice bitter aftertase.

O: Love this beer, for the price and what you get, you just can't compete.

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SOB (Special Old Bitter) from Pump House Brewery
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