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
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 Idrankthat
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Skizem
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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

Props to joemcgrath27 for hooking me up with this one.

A - Pours a nice golden orange colour, slight haze, solid finger of light bubbly head, sticky draping lacing and some nice visible carbonation on the body.

S - Scent is fruity with orange citrus hops dominating the nose, complemented by some sweet caramel apple malts.

T - Wonderful flavour on this one. The fruity citrus hops again dominate, but aren't overly bitter. The sweet caramel, though subtle, also comes through nicely. The finish is woody with cedar and pine lingering.

M - Consistent with the style the finish is a little dry, but is not offensive. Nice medium bodied ale, with light carbonation that finishes nice and smooth.

D - This one really surprised me. I've seen it several times before, but never picked it up. It is now definitely a part of my arsenal for hoppy session beers. A great brew from Pumphouse and highly recommended to any hop fan.

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

Good lucid orange pour with a finger of white head. Decent retention and lace. Citrus aroma with a caramel base, and hints of a floral hopping. Certainly enticing. Excellently balanced flavours with the malts manifested in caramel and berries, while the hops bring a good dose of bitterness in the form of orange, pine and flowers. Quite light bodied, but refreshing and not watery in the least. This is a great rendition of a bitter, and that's coming from an Englishman. The hopping is a touch higher than you'd find in the UK, but certainly short of your typical IPA. The most impressive part of this beer though is its excellent balance. Nice stuff!

Cheers to moniker for the bottle.

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Photo of ZachT
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, big thanks to NASH for the hookup.

Pours a clear dark orange/amber, some reddish highlights, big thick and rocky off white head forms, drops a ton of lace on the glass, very good retention, very chunky head, looks great. Smell is nice, hoppy, some light spice, floral, caramel, lightly fruity, very grassy hops, like hay and grapefruit, touch of biscuity malt, but just a lot of hopping. Taste is similar, some caramel and biscuity malt off the bat, lightly sugary, some herbal and spicy hops, floral, hay/grassiness, biscuits, light fruit, real solid bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty bitter but still really well balanced. I like this quite a bit, kind of an American take on an ESB, but done pretty well. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass on sept26 2009

A almost clear deep golden orange with a big head that sticks around coats the side of the my glass. The head slowly falls with a big fluffy peak in the middle of the glass, also worth mentioning is how lively this beer looks lots of bubbles.

S sweet caramel and a fair amount of floral hops

T close to the smell but I pick up a little pine, I do like this beer and it gives me new respect for pumphouse

M creamy with tonnes of carbonation

D I could see myself drinking quite a few of these, but I only have one I got in a mixed beer bag, too bad.

Much better then I expected, not too much too complain about here

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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 Vandelayindustri
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 Sathanas
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Ralphus
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first pump house and it's a good one at that. These BIF things are great and many thanks to cjbmcdon for the beer.

Pours a very nice bronze coppery color. Really attractive colour and stands out. Two fingers of head drop to a thin ring of foam with lacing down the glass.

The smell is mostly of piney hops and peach. It's also quite good. I don't think I've noticed peach on other beers but this one (as another reviewer noted) has definitely got them.

Taste is all hops initially. After they have subsided some light fruit from the yeast and malted sweetness makes it's way through - but then a long drawn out bitternesscomes back into play. It's good and very refreshing, but lacking a little in balance. That said it's definitely interesting and keeps you entertained.

Mouthfeel is good if not a little over-carbonated but this doesn't really affect drinkability. As mentioned earlier it's very refreshing and such an active beer I can see these going down really well back to back. A great beer overall.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Maxwell's Plum.

Appearance: Arrives a golden reddish colour, very much like a bucket of honey. Has a nice off white head that lasts and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Lots of malt, a tad bit of florals and citrus.

Taste: Quite hoppy, which definately does good for me. Also has a lot of prominent malt here. A very well balanced ale. Medium bitterness in the finish, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Lots of body, a bit creamy, but still refreshing. Drinkability is very high.

Final Statement: Such a good compliment to my fish & chips that I had another. Definately a winner for quaffing sessions. So far it is my favourite Pump House and would love to get it for take home.

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Photo of kjyost
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and consumed at Luxelune in Winnipeg. Poured into a sleeve

Copper with a slight haze, pale head with little lacing. Soap on the nose (could it have been the damp glass?) morphs into a crisp fruity hop with a caramel and cracker malt notes. The body has a nice strong bitterness with a light sweetness thy cuts it. Light hop flavours of citrus and a hint of earth come through. Strong crisp carbonation and a bitterness lingers on the palate. Nice beer, worth having...

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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 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 spree92
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Barnyard BBQ serving. This cross-bred red/amber ale had a nice head that lasted and left an awesome trace. Not much carbonation was noticed in the glass. I don't know what type of hop was used, but it was unfamiliar to me. One that I can't recall smelling in another beer before. I enjoyed the grassy notes and bitterness to it. These hops are all bitter. A fresh, clean taste as well. The malts brought up the back end. A somewhat highly acid beer but left no aftertaste, just clean and crisp. I found this to be a heavier beer than I was anticipating, thus given a 3.5 and not a 4. Still a very worthy bevvy.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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