Pitchfork Rebellious Bitter
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Bitter - English
Ranked #58
Ranked #33,512
3.74 | pDev: 13.64%
RCH Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Pitchfork Rebellious BitterPitchfork Rebellious Bitter
Notes: The name comes from the Pitchfork rebellion of 1685 the last battle to be fought on English soil of the Civil War.
A golden bitter with floral citric hop aroma. It has a hoppy predominate taste which is slightly sweet and fruity and leaves you wanting more.
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Maltanator from New York

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: honey-gold, with a huge puffy cream-colored pillowy meringue head

Smell: Floral-spicy-earthy hops, peach-apricot (from the yeast? … ). Not much malt to speak of.

Palate: Light-medium bodied; refreshing; low-medium carbonation (tight bubbles); the peach-apricot really comes through on the palate. Nice acidity (vaguely citrus). Golden malt breaks through near the finish. Malt bill is pretty straight-forward, with the hops and yeast providing aroma and flavor. Heather-floral hop aftertaste.

This beer really grew on me as I let it open up.

Sep 30, 2014
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Acquired a while back from an off-licence. Described as a light, golden ale and named after the Pitchfork rebellion at the end of the English civil war.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with plenty of floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. Lovely lacing. Aroma of earthy yeast with hints of grainy malt, fruity esters, mild grass/hay and subtle stewed leaves. OK but tired.

Tastes of light malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of yeast esters, mild grain, grass/hay, subtle stewed leaves, a twinge of cardboard and faint earthiness. A delicate hint of green apples lurks in the background, followed by a light bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Little bit too fizzy. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of earthy yeast, husks and acrid stewed leaves.

Not brilliant, though I reckon the age of the bottle might have something to do with it. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are overly yeasty and otherwise quite bland. Mouthfeel is OK but a shade overcarbonated. Possible yeast overdevelopment or cell death giving some off-notes to the character. Nothing special but might be worth sampling again if I have the chance. No need to hunt it down.

Jun 23, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some miniscule particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high foamy white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of floral hops along with some citrus in the nose.
T: A moderately strong amount of bitterness stands out in the overall taste along with subtle notes of fruity yeast and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves your mouth with a hint of dryness.
O: This beer is very sessionable and goes down quite easily; I would have no problem drinking several of these in a sitting. The bitterness isn’t overly strong.

Feb 01, 2012
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Offa from California

4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold, lightly cloudy, with a very big creamy off-white head slowly shrinking to a puffy, rocky smaller head and foamy lace. It’s beautiful

Aroma is clean, full character of lightly toasty bread, herb, hay, grass, and a hint of lemon, with caramelized bread, yeasty and spicy hints, and a hint of sulphur.

Taste is zesty, minerally bread, bread crust, bitter herb and lemon, peppery, leafy, zesty. A light, bright, juicy yeastiness and hoppiness thoroughly dominate and it leans firmly, but gently, to the bitter side with plenty of well-rounded character, yeasty-hoppy-juicy-leafy-herbal, to support the bitterness. It is a great, light session bitter.

Sep 29, 2011
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rarbring from Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear, and rather modest amber, a firm off-white head leaving some lacing.

Smelling of sweet malts, some fruits, pears, and hay.

The taste is freshly baked sweet bread, some lemon and pears, then a tad lime peel.

Low carbonation, a very refreshing feeling, nice body and a slightly dry finish.

A really nice thirst quenching real ale.

Apr 05, 2011
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largadeer from California

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from K&L, no freshness date. Into a nonic, the beer pours a slightly hazy pale gold. The head is voluminous, long-lasting, almost mousse-like.

There's a great floral hop character to the nose, bordering on herbal. Malt is dry, subdued, a bit crackery. It's somewhat mineral, especially when it warms, and there's faint green apple fruitiness.

Very flavorful, hop-forward and quite bitter. Hop flavors take on a more earthy and herbal quality on the tongue. The malt foundation is bready and dry, quite crisp. There's a mineral backbone that seems to enhance the dryness, adding a bit of astringency that doesn't go too far. It's a light bodied beer, but not as thin as some bitters can be - there's just enough heft. Apple-like fruitiness appears mid-palate, but the strong bitterness in the finish quickly washes it away. Bitterness could stand to be dialed down a bit, I feel like it covers up some of the complexity. Nonetheless, this was a very enjoyable beer, one I'd definitely buy again.

Apr 03, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light and crisp pale malts with mild amounts of earthy and slightly grassy hops. Also present are very small amounts of indistinct medium fruits.

Tastes good. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of breadiness. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of light citrus and earthy hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall there wasn't much about this beer that stood out but it was absurdly easy to drink. Worth a shot.

Feb 17, 2011
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StJamesGate from New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale peach with pure white head that fades to patches and sheets. Grain, canteloupe, and Juicyfruit on the nose. Light bready malts and sweet lemon barley hops with birch sting. Tightens to grapefruit pith. Thin, light to medium.

Nothing overly assertive. Hops are there but not OTT.

*from notes

Oct 26, 2010
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claspada from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear copper colour with a very nice amount of head that leaves an attractive lace.

Aromas are the typical bready biscuity malts with a hint of earthy hops.

The taste has the typical bitter flavors, bready malts, earthly/woody hops; but overall the brew seems watered down to me. Like a diluted Fuller's ESB. I wonder if quality is an issue.

Fairly drinkable if you want an average bitter but overall nothing remarkable here, no need to search out or pay the inflated export price.

Oct 04, 2010
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mdfb79 from New York

3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/19/10 notes. Had on cask in London at the Wellington.

a - Pours a golden color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of sour bready malts and grain.

t - Taste is light bready malts, earthy malts, and caramel malts. Some nice bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Very smooth and insanely easy to drink.

d - Overall, a pretty nice ESB. Very easy to drink and a great session beer. Would try again.

Jul 18, 2010
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tempest from New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle at Tap and Table last week (review is from notes) and was actually blown away by how good a bitter could be from a bottle. The beer had a light multi-grain malt flavor with hints of cocoa and coffee. As I continued to drink, more character opened up with big grassy and lemon hops and a peppery tobacco finish. Heck of a beer, I recommend it.

May 14, 2010
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Durge from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another nice find at My Place in Newtown, CT this cask ale presents a pale clear amber color with a fair, big-bubbled head that dies pretty quickly with no lacing. The aroma is dank wheat with a slight herbal hop highlight. Not thrilling but there's hope. The taste offers a creamy citrus bite, nothing harsh but reasonable in typical English style. Very modest carbonation. It's a very nice blend of citrus and floral bread. A near full feel, very smooth and quite drinkable. The hops seem to build as you go. A very decent brew!

Mar 03, 2010
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bryanbrick from California

4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitchfork Bitter, where have you been my whole life. All that time wasting beer space on Boddingtons, the only half real English bitter you can find with any regularity, could have been spent searching out this gem of a beer.

From a 1pt 9fl oz bottle with no freshness dating. This pours a thick creamy head, but it doesn't need a damn widget to do so. The head domes over the beer creating a fluffy cloud pocked by bubbles. Golden orange beer sits protected and happy underneath Lacing is everywhere sticking like wheat paste to some damn hippie's reggae show flyer. Golden orange beer sits protected and happy underneath

The smell of this is pure English pub, slightly musty from the mild hops, somewhat biscuity from the malt and with just a touch of citrus to give lift and dimension.

The flavors are off the charts, in a non-extreme beer sort of way. This is never going to crush ones palate. Instead it refreshes and livens with the drying butter cracker malt and lingering orange flesh and lemongrass flavors. This is wildly complex but is not something that is going to blow your mind, unless you pay close attention. The earthy, mushroom-y character here is incredibly pleasing and plays nicely into is mild bitterness.

I love the carbonated yet creamy mouthfeel of English bitters, especially when you can get it without the cheating widget. I don't need my beer to taste like it came from a cask, unless it actually does. This is like a mousse, a delicious bitter mousse, substantial but airy, never feeling heavy on the palate.

At 4.30% this is something I can drink a lot of. The flavors are spot on for the style, and the style is one of my favorites. Hot, cold, wet, dry it really does not matter, I'd happily drink this anytime of the year and at 5.99 a bottle I think it is reasonable, I've paid a lot more for bottles and been much less satisfied.

Search this out you'd be happy you did!

Aug 20, 2009
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BedetheVenerable from Missouri

3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop top bottle, nice little ditty about the beer

Appearance: Nice slightly hazy dark golden beer with amazing fluffy/rocky dark cream head, amazing retention

Smell: Super mild caramel malts, fresh grain, just a touch of earthy hops

Taste: Light malt and hops; flavorful, simple, and quaffable

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light; quite nice

Drinkability: Pretty good

Conclusion: This is a pretty decent English Bitter...light, smooth, tasty; but a little bit over simple

Apr 14, 2009
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BlackHaddock from England

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Real Ale in a bottle, so look out for some sediment in the pour.

Brown 500ml bottle, best before end of Dec 2008, drank before end of Oct 2008. Poured into a UK pint sleeve glass.

Pale orange, dull yellow, not quiet clear, a bit of a haze. Some of the yeasty sediment might have crept out during the pour. The head was well formed and stayed throughout the drink.

Yeast and hops made up the aroma, what else should there be in an English Bitter?

The taste was very hoppy (for a UK beer), this gave the beer an extra dry and bitter feel. Pleasant more than overpowering.

The hoppiness and dry feel stayed into the aftertaste. A good bottled beer.

Oct 29, 2008
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edbeered from Minnesota

2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Going through my fridge, I found I had 2 bottles of this beer, and they are consistent, if not what I was looking for. I appropriately let them sit out to warm up before opening them. Poured from the bottle, this beer has a hazy pale amber color, with a small white head, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is slight, but I detected some citrus. The taste is surprisingly watery, but has a slight citrus hop taste. The mouthfeel, like the beer, is light. I was expecting something bolder, especially as this was the 1998 Champion Bitter at the Great British Beer Fest. It's probably awesome on cask, but this version leaves me cold.

Sep 20, 2008
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froghop from Washington

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow-orange, with lively carbonation, after it was swirled to mix was cloudy with sediment, large off-white foamy head, very good lacing.

smell was of lawn clippings, dry leaves, hops, touch of citrus, malt in the back.

taste of bitter hops, toffee, touch of citrus, nice dry finish and nicely bitter.

Sep 07, 2008
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Ft Collins, Colorado.

It pours a clear gold with a huge head of billowy foam. Excellent head retention for the entire session and there is plenty of lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of caramel malt and some fruity notes. Overall, the nose is telling me that this one is going to be on the sweet side with not much of a hop presence. Being an English Bitter, I hope that's what it turns out to be.

The taste turns out as I hoped. Some sweetish tones kick things off followed closely by a nice fresh fruity flavour that soon dominates. The hops are there, of course, but assuming that they're the Goldings, they give this Bitter just a wee touch of citrus just before and through the finish and add the necessary amount of "bitterness" to balance the malt. Well done, me thinks, as I'm finding this 4.3%abv example of the style *very* easy to drink and it's not just because it's low in alcohol; this is a tasty son of a gun and that will stand, for me, on its own.

I have no clue as to the age of this bottle, other than I notice some haziness with the second pour and some....floaties. Ok. Another brew from the UK that, obviously, isn't in its peak condition and I guess I'm getting used to that by now. That's a pity because even though I *know* that it's well past its optimum state...I still find it tasty and very drinkable. A fresh sample would probably make me really go gaga..

Jun 29, 2008
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nasty15108 from New York

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a tulip pint galss.

A - Poured a hazy orange color. Pour produced a white head and incredible amount of sediment.

S - Malt, yeast and slightly floral but not much else going on here.

T - Musty, slightly malty taste, slight hints of perfume with a try slightly bitter finish.

MF&D - Thin-medium bodies ale. IMO way too much sediment, at least in the bottle I sampled. Noting special here at all, I would not go out of my way for this one.

Apr 16, 2008
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bark from Sweden

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold with a tint of orange. The liquid is a bit hazy. The head is finger thick, white and quite firm.

The smell is a bit sweet with an unusual honey flavour. I also noted some bitterness and a touch of chalk.

The taste is mildly sweet and generous bitterness. Some honey and minerals, a hint of butter and bitter almonds. The aftertaste got notes of lemon and dry chalks and fruit candy. I noted a yeasty uncleanness that I actually liked.

The carbonation is very mild (small bubbles), the liquid smooth.

A well crafted English bitter from a well kept cask. One of those things in life that I really appreciate.

Mar 17, 2008
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johanvond from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a 500ml bottle into a imperial pint glass with a delicate white lacy head and a glowing golden orange hue. There was a bit more sediment than expected. Strong floral and citrus sent with hints of apple, pears and kiwis. Good body not to much hop thickness and the lemoney citric zest just zips off your tounge. Then finnishs with a subtle hint of grapefruit.

Jan 06, 2008
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged gold with a good sized crème head that leaves a mass of lace on the way down. And oops, I got some sediment in the glass. Nose is pretty mild really. Not much going on except slight bitter tone and a mild hop. Flavor is an English bitter for sure. Smooth and consistent, but not very exciting really. Feel has a thicker body to the liquid with an odd sticky texture to it. Decent enough carbonation. Drinkable, sure. It is a good beer. But for the price? A bit too high for one bottle I have to say. Especially for not having any wild character about it.

Jan 01, 2008
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barefootbrewer from Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color with a huge head – some sedimentation noted even though I poured carefully. The aroma is spicy and fruity. The taste is spicy and bitter. Hops are noticeable as well as some slight fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is thin to medium and has a lot of carbonation. This beer finishes dry. This is an easy to drink beer - would be good for sessions.

Sep 25, 2007
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gentlebubbles from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at NERAX 2007 FRI night

Golden amber with a fluffy white head that holds up decently, keeping at least a low covering of foam down to the bottom of the glass.

At first I get barely any scent, just an impression of freshness. As it warms some citrusy resin emerges.

Light-bodied, appley malt with a resinous base and in the finish a lingering grapefruit that you can chew on long after the last sip.

May 27, 2007
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RedBaron from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tried-and-true bottle-conditioned English Best Bitter. Only slightly stronger than a session ale, this is a great, refreshing beer from the English countryside.

Appearance: 20oz bottle which poured perfectly in my imperial pint glass. Peach-colored body, nice white head with Brussels lace.
Smell: A little grape-y (not grapefruit), understated (typical of the style).
Taste: A beautiful light and freshing sweetness up front, and finishes sweet still but with a hint of a dry-hoppiness.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly balanced. Neither the maltiness, which tends towards fruity rather than bready, nor the hops dominate this beer: it's simply a wonderful marriage of very good raw ingredients.
Drinkabily: High. This is the first time I had this beer, and sometimes my prejudice (for and against) English bitters compels me to usually rate their beers "quaint" and unremarkable. However, this one does stick out for me. Maybe it's been a while since I've sampled many beers of the style, but this one was either quite fresh, or just beautifully made. Or both! This one you'd want to sip on a warm day, preferably river-side in an easy chair, watching the stream roll down the horizon. Easy and pleasant drinkin', mate.

Mar 16, 2007
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 82 ratings