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Brains SABrains SA

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Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the mid-1950’s Brains introduced SA Best Bitter. This was quickly shortened to the easier bar call of SA and has become one of our most famous beers recognised throughout the country and further a field. SA celebrated its 50th birthday last year which is a testament to its popularity and is currently displayed on the Welsh rugby shirt.

The renowned ‘special ale’ is copper coloured with a full premium quality flavour. A nutty richness derived from a blend of fine pale and crystal malts is balanced with a satisfying dryness from the unique use of three hops: Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles. The aroma has a hint of spirit which adds to the legendary mystique of this premium cask beer.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-25-2002

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4.7/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my hands down all time favourite beers. Dead drunk on one cask pint fresh off the train from London to Cardiff on a student backpacking trip from canada. Missed the last castle tour of the day but worth it. Love love love SA "Skull Attack"!!!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aoeui-dhtns
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MMansfield
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had thoughout Cardiff. One of my favourite real ales.

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Photo of brm300
2.49/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lacking flavor, very forgettable taste and smell.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.64/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of charlatan
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Half pint at Wetherspoons in Helensburgh: dark amber coloured beer with a decent 'spoons head. Typical 'spoons lack of aroma, just a bit of an acidic twang. A rather chocolatey start then a combination of a cereal flavour and some acidity, before a metallic finish. The feel is excellent, along with the chocolate they comprise the most noteworthy elements here.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Dave1999
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber colour with no head.

The smell is sweet and grainy.

The taste is sweet and grainy, with just a hint of bitterness at the end.

The mouthfeel is medium bodies with medium carbonation.

Overall just ok, boring and too sweet. Won't purchase again.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut brown clear body

big splodgy White head lots of dif sized bubbles covering half the surface

Brewers mash/sweaty armpit aroma with caramel

Big malt flavours with hints of toffee, sweet without being sickly stewed hops warm and finish with and tiny yeasty bitter aftertaste finishes the procedures

The Mouthfeel gives the beer a much stronger abv beer
perfect carbonation
A solid beer

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 200th review. Sampled at the Frankenstein Pub, Edinburgh. figures.

A: A hulking amber with a monster-sized one finger head that lurks about the glass. Thick, eerie lacing.

S: Biscuity malts creep in. Nutty, if not crazy.

T: Lightning strikes. The monster pops up on the table and embellishes the bar with malts, nuts and toffee. He licks his lips with a dry, bitter finish.

M: His mouth opens to a light, dry feel. Oh my, there's not much carbonation, but it doesn't matter. Drink more, the monster says.

O: A great bar, a great show and a fairly decent Pale Ale. Sessionable. Not too scary.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a metallic bronze colour with nice smooth nitro-head of brilliant white. No bead - of course - and lace is nice 'n' dense. More head would be nice, but good for what it is.

Smells very English. Rich earthy malt with a slightly sour red apple aroma, hint of honey, wattle and grass. Pretty standard, and can't say it really enchants me.

Taste is very mild, almost non-existent on the mid. Grainy hints upfront but mid-palate is watery and uneventful. Slight, polite English hops on the back with a touch of lemon zest adding just a hint of tang, but yeah, there's nothing here - it's a high volume session ale that's sacrificed flavour for drinkability. Ultimately hollow.

Fairly smooth but there's a real watery blandness, just feels wet in the mouth.

I could drink this in high volumes. I wouldn't really want to, though, unless I were simply planning on getting wasted.

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