Brakspear Bitter | W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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Brakspear BitterBrakspear Bitter

Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002

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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 69
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Served on cask in Philly. Pours light amber with an almost grapefruit-like hue and the thick creamy head of cask beer. Nose has faint whiffs of biscuits and toast. Taste is surprisingly fruity with back current of woody tannins. Body is thin but supported by the nice carbonation from the cask. Both that and the cask temperature were a huge compliment to the beer; it would have been a far lesser beer served cold from a keg.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dwren89
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber with gold highlights, creamy off white head, great clarity

Aroma: toasty , toffee, earthy hops with slight metallic hint,

Taste: toffee and caramel flavors abound, slight toastiness with a bready malt character, earthiness from the hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft carbonation

Overall Impression: Considering this ale only sports 3.4% ABV, it packs a malty and flavorful punch! Surprisingly complex and flavorful, this is highly indicative of the English brewing style-- finding ways to create flavorful beers without having to jack up body and ABV. Toffee and caramel flavors explode in the mouth and finish with a earthy bitter twinge. This is an ale that you could drink all night long, enjoy every last drop, and not stagger out of the pub drunkenly.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Handpump halfpint from a fresh cask at the Eagle and Child in Oxford.

A: Clean bright chestnut body with a creamy finger of tan head. Lovely.

S: Very fresh aroma of floral hops, mild fruit, and nutty malt. Restrained but pleasant and complex.

T: Follows the nose. Great balance of leafy hops and toasty, nutty malts. Clean bittersweet finish. Simple, yet distinct in it s freshness. One of the best Bitters I've had this year.

M: Light-bodied with similar carbonation. Could use a bit more on either front, but it goes down easy.

O: Great session ale, period. I'm not surprised that bottles aren't as good, but on cask near the source this was a real treat.


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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Brakspear Bitter from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 136 ratings