Pullman | Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnfromDublin on 02-20-2006

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 19
Reviews by beachscrat:
Photo of beachscrat
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice chunky heavy bottle. Feels like something important is inside.

Slightly hazy, amber orange. Clingy head falls to about half inch of foam.

Raw half baked bread aroma with slight dried floral and herbal spice.

Gentle toasted malt with balanced biscuit, finishes with clean citrus rind.

Not quick enough on the aftertaste for a full 5.0, but still damn good drinkability. Light enough on the booze to keep your quick witted british humour going all night.

Good to have this one stateside.

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Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 55º in a tulip glass. Pullman pours a rusty copper orange with a voluminous head of foam. Sticky lace deposited all around the glass. Retention is pretty good, though it falls to a soapy broken skim after ten minutes or so.

Grassy, floral scent, a little "beery" and lager-like as it warms.

Smooth and easy drinking, mellow earthy hop bitterness, biscuity malt. Light carbonation and medium bodied, true to style. Clean and quaffable, no off flavors or oxidation, thankfully. It's retained it's hoppiness and drinks well.

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Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden with a finger off cream colored foam. Untoasted grain and herbal hops in the aroma. Biscuity malt and mild earthy hops with a nice minerality. Light bodied and mildly carbonated. Pullman is a nice English Bitter and certainly one of the more tasty examples of the style available to me.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber color with a definitive chill haze. Moderate Belgian lace. Modest head, even though the beer bubbled over when opened.

Malty with oak undertones. Mild hop bitterness.

Far more bitter than the smell would indicate. Dry finish with a lasting hop bite. Round mouthfeel with liberal carbonation. Surprisingly little malt flavor.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice British ale. I opened side by side with an Iron Horse by Hepworth. The two are very similar. Going back and forth between the two helped distinguish characteristics.

A - Golden, mostly clear body, white/off-white head (didn't really persist)
S - Nice, crisp malt nose with low hops and biscuit up front
T - More of the nose. Repeated tastings (and comparisons to Pullman) revealed more toast/biscuit character than the Iron Horse and a slightly drier finish
M - Light, but not thin, pleasant carbonation
D - I could definitely work through a session or two of these

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this on 19th Feb 2006, best before 11th April 2006. This was a 500ml brown bottle labelled Hepworth first class ale; PULLMAN. It is named after the famous railway coach and this is pictured on the wrap-around label.

Poured a crystal clear light amber colour with white head. Not much lacing.

Smell is of one thing; hops!
Taste is quite bitter at first, then some floral notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth.
Crisp finish.

Overall, this is a nice refreshing bitter and would be a nice ale for a summers day. It might be a little one dimensional in the flavour department but a solid effort.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice golden-orange hue with plenty of effervescence and two fingers of frothy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: aroma is grainy and malty with just a hint of earthy hops. Well-executed if a bit too much like raw grain for my taste.

Taste: very malty flavor with the graininess still present but not as dominating. Hop character is minimal but there is a smooth, if mild, bitterness at the end. This beer tastes fresh and real.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with superb creaminess and silkiness. I love the mouthfeel of this beer; impressive especially for the style and the low ABV.

Overall: I like this beer a great deal. It feels very natural and warm to me; very good.

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Photo of JSOBB
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A fresh shipment of Hepworth beers has just arrived in the US - this one's best by date is 9/5/13

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a rocky head that leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Grainy and biscuity, with a slightly fruity aspect

Taste: Opens with the grainy/biscuity character detected in the aroma; by mid-palate, the fruity aspect builds along with an earthy hop bitterness; nicely balanced betwixt all the flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: It is rare to get a fresh Bitter in this country so this is a nice opportunity to taste one as the brewer intended - a very nice session beer

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper hue with a thick off-white head that slowly settles, and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: Somewhat pungent hop character on the nose. Very floral and fruity, with some grainy malt notes in the background.

T: much like the smell, but with a more pronounced malt profile. Honey and biscuit up front, with some fruity, yeasty notes. Hops lend a floral, grassy character to the beer, along with a pleasantly bitter finish.

Notes: a bit light in body and flavor, but this is a decent bitter by any standards. Drinkability is good, and it's pretty tasty. Carbonation is subtle, as to be expected, with a clean finish. I'd like to try it from a cask some time. Not my favorite bitter, but worth trying.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a loose, big-bubbled head that manages to maintain a ring around my glass for the length.

Hay and honey on the nose leading to biscuit malt and a bigger-than-expected blast of spicy hop bitterness on the palate. Hop flavor is quite noticeable as well with a classic spicy, earthy English character. Hints of fruit round it out before the quenching bitter finish.

A really nice bitter, but at a little over $5 for a 17oz bottle I probably won't revisit this often. Then again, sometimes that's the price one has to pay for an authentic English example here in Oklahoma.

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Photo of drpimento
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok bitter. Poured with a medium off-white head and a little lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber. Aroma is nice with spicy, herbal, evergreen, a little yeast and good hop and malt. Flavor is much more dominated by the hop bitterness with the malt backing it up; other components kind of rounding it all out. Decent body and carbonation. Finish is fairly bitter. Could be a session.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly skunky, but a lot of things shine through. Beautiful pour with thick, fluffy beige head. Milky amber body, aroma of cooked vegetables, malt and molasses. Slick, heavy mouth feel, sweet malt dominates the taste. No finish, no lingering taste.

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Photo of DavidSomers
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fullsweep
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: moderate head, dark yellow/tawny beer

S: nice sharp smell

T: bitter, sharp, slight citrus, nice--tastes more like an English pale in some ways

M: nice carbonated mouthfeel

D: would try again--would like to try on cask, but not sure if/where it's available

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is crisp, malty and just a little fruity with a hop bitter undertone. It pours a clear amber with a fairly thick and frothy head that sticks around a little bit. Flavor is malty and quite bitter, but not fiercely so. Texture is very smooth, a teensy bit watery and a little tingly.

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Pullman from Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
3.7 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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