SOB (Special Old Bitter) | Pump House Brewery

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

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Pump House Brewery
New Brunswick, Canada | website

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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Photo of grub
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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 nighthawk
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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 MMansfield
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 pootz
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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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SOB (Special Old Bitter) from Pump House Brewery
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