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SOB (Special Old Bitter) | Pump House Brewery

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SOB (Special Old Bitter)SOB (Special Old Bitter)
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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
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Asianadian
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickB
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The only bitter I've tasted before this is Propeller ESB, which I really like. I was expecting something more along that line. This tasted more like Propeller's Pale Ale or IPA than their ESB.

Appearance: I was expecting a darker brew, but instead was surprised by the orange appearance, but that is just my limited experience. Nice head and lacing though

Smell: Citrus, pine

Taste: I got overwhelming taste of hops and pine. Again, this isn't what I was expecting, so that might influence my rating. Not that its bad, but simply not a taste that I lean towards.

Moouthfeel: Not watery

Drinkability: Because I'm still trying to get used to this style, two bottles was about all I could handle.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of StomachUlcers
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of muttyd
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow/bronze hazy body. Thick white head as it fills a 16 oz. pint glass. Big hoppy (almost pine-like) bitter aroma. Aroma is also of caramel/toffee malts. Flavor follows the nose. Rather bitter astringent finish. Very drinkable sessionable beer. Big thanks to Berley31 for this bottle!

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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 DreamDeath
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of pootz
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright amber with a sturdy 2 finger off-white cap which lasted well and laced the glass

Aromas were well pronounced: Pine and peach and some light sweetness.

Sturdy crystal malt spine, medium bodied, silky mouth feel.

Starts with some chewy malts which are quickly balaned off well with some citrus-pine hops and light fruit tones...finishes wet and lightly bitter with a pleasant biscuit after taste.

A well made ale with a malty-mild character, silky smooth feel and a brite but pleasant bittering...a great Canadian pub ale

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Photo of TT--Cashout
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 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 Buebie
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 12oz bottle in an in person trade with NASH.

Poured into a pub glass, producing a short lived 1'' off white cola like head.
Receding to leave a thick collar and sticky lace drapery.
Color on this is amber with some glowing golden hues when held to light.

Aroma is light with little output, smells faintly of caramel, fermented honey, cocoa nibs, Vienna malt and a touch of rye.

Taste is pretty nutty upfront with caramel malt sweetness. Aspirin kicking into full gear midway through and bitters dominating the finish, lingering long. As it warmed carmel sweetness and malt become a bit more prominant, balancing the bitters much more.
Metallic flavors and aspirin hop flavors are the dominant taste, which are a bit trying on my palette.
Overall a great bitter with some good attributes, but overall not my favorite.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation stays at bay, making this a smooth feeling beer.

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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 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 jfreeze
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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SOB (Special Old Bitter) from Pump House Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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