Best Bitter | Picaroons Traditional Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada
picaroons.ca

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PiratePete on 11-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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Photo of Brenden
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure where this came from, but it's fresh.

It's a medium brown with good clarity to it, transparent but for the color itself. The pale head shows some density as it settles on top to 3/4 finger. Retention is good, and lacing is thin but drops in a really nice sheeting effect to about the middle of the glass. It shows some rigidity to it overall, staying together well.
This beer showcases the strengths of the style; my main criticism would be that the yeast is a bit heavy and forward. Otherwise, the nicely complex blend of earthy, toasty, nutty and floral notes as well as its balance of each moderately strong malts and hops in the aroma and flavor make for a nice beer.
It's got a good medium body to it without going thin or, on the other side, heavier than it should. It's creamy with a bit of dryness and flows very nicely.
Is this Bitter the best? No. Is it good? Across the board.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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Photo of andrenaline
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another east coast treat...

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour, finger of head with some retention, and some sporadic lacing.

S - Dominated by toasted bread, musty caramel and toffee, some earthy greens and a nutty finish.

T - Much like the nose with the nutty notes coming through nicely alongside a bitter earthy hop flavour, the toffee and caramel lingers with a hint of sour citrus.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O - The finish is a tad chalky and dry, but the flavors are nice for the style and the nuttiness adds a uniqueness that stands out. Glad I was able to try this one and certainly recommended to any fan of the style.

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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky, slightly off white head; slow to dissipate. Plenty of lace on the glass as it settles. Surprisingly clear (given the yeasty smell) with dirty copper amber color.

Earthy aroma with a solid dollop of brewers' yeast. Not my style, but it is like a good homebrew.

Caramel and crystal malts start the taste off. Good hop bite in the swallow that creates a decent aftertaste. Rich, almost oily, body. Low carbonation. Much better on the tongue than on a nose.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picaroons Best Bitter has a kind of tan that's hard to get in New Brunswick, but it does looks like a drink they'd like on the East Coast (rum). Its orange-brown body is clear but toasty, hosting a select few bubbles that manage to amass a thin and spotty (but unexpectedly durable) set of lining and lacing. It makes a good first impression!

The brewery promotes the fact that they brew their ales in "traditional British style" but - the tonic water-like minerals and toffee sweetness aside - this bouquet has more than a little bit of New World hoppiness to it. While it's tame by American standards, it might be enough to ruffle some feathers among the older regulars at the pub.

The biggest planet in this flavour constellation is definitely one of caramelly malt, but it has moons of bitter herbals and floral resins that rotate it round and round. The bitterness is earthy and highly noticeable, even with the distraction of a fruity ester-spewing yeast and slicing sharp water minerals. Those resiny bitters ooze like sap from a maple tree.

The beer may be of average strength, but it's density is far from moderate. This chewy, thick maltiness sure tips out the scale at an impressive weight. Despite being tremendously drinkable, it is a deceitfully filling beer. It's easy to want more, mind you, given all the pecan nuttiness and toffee sweetness that seeps into the gums.

Best Bitter is a straightforward-enough style, but it's simplicity is deceptive. True, this is both nutty-sweet and approachable, but it's also a considerably heavy ale with a very appreciable bitterness. To brew this style with any degree of success requires not only negotiating the balance between hops and malt, but also treating your water and employing the right yeast. Picaroons puts all the right steps into this and it pays off.

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Best Bitter from Picaroons Traditional Ales
3.69 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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