RCH Pitchfork Bitter

RCH Pitchfork Bitter

Rated 3.300 by BeerPals
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Brewed by RCH Brewery

Weston Super Mare, North Somerset, United Kingdom

Style:  Bitter

4.3% Alcohol by Volume

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Available: Cask and Regular. Also available bottle conditioned. 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. Pitchfork was judged to be the Best Bitter of the Year in 1998 at the Great British Beer Festival and has been a finalist in the last three years. (Pale malt, Fuggles and Goldings hops)

ID: 4150 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank10246
Overall Percentile78.2
Style Rank46 of 840
Style Percentile94.5
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.400
Weighted Score3.300
Standard Deviation0.447

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  • POPERY 212 reviews
    rated 2.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    I’m sure this beer is better fresh from a cask in the shadow of the brewery because this imported bottled version is fairly mediocre. It’s a pale gold topped by a small amount of white bubbles. The aroma is biscuity with a good dose of floral/grapefruit rind hops. It is interesting how reminiscent the Fuggles and Goldings are of the American "C" hops. The flavor is just a bit too bitter for the thin body of the beer. Ultimately, it’s an uninteresting experience that has undoubtedly lost something in its travels. A disappointment but probably only in their choice to export without being able to preserve its proper character.

  • SIGMUND 4256 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Bottle conditioned. Brewed with pale malt only. Golden colour, just a slight haziness, large off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma, hints of citrus, leather and maybe some oak. Distinct hoppy flavour throughout, some citrus and toffee, fruity finish. Bitter and long lasting aftertaste. A refreshing beer - not bad at all.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Dark golden. Vague grassy hoppy aroma. Grasswy hops in flavour, hints of orange-peels and yeast. Long grassy bitter finish, not of nutshells.. Quite thin body.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 2.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 5

    Bottled. Cloudy orange, mediumsized head, lacing. Very strong hoppy aroma with "earthy" hints. Very hoppy bitter taste, but also "earthy" (mouldy) taste. Wellchosen name for the taste. Not much aftertaste.

  • JONMOORE 1367 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle conditioned. Somewhat ambushed by the over lively nature of this one. Huge white head on an amber coloured beer. Aroma is hoppy with some citrus. Hops dominate the taste, some citrus again, and a suggestion of malt. Dry and drinkable.

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 4.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Well, after punishing my poor taste buds with a variety of middling-to-fair-to-downright-poor Euro Lagers, felt that I needed to reward myself for going the extra mile with something a bit more up my alley. And while I think I might have been better off by simply cracking open one of my many IPAs in my beer fridge, I can't say that I'm disappointed with this, either.

    Definately a beer that you need to let "breathe" for a while -- to both warm up to proper Bitter temps, and to let the billowy head of foam calm down a bit.

    Quite light, with the aforementioned mounding head of foam -- is this a Weizen of some sort? But no, the hoppy/yeasty aroma makes sure that you know that this is definately an English Bitter, for sure.

    A bit quirky in the initial taste -- odd selection of hops, perhaps? Almost has a slight vegetal nature to the hopping -- reminds me of the handful of different "fresh/wet hopped" beers I've had before (esp. Russian River's HopTime Harvest Ale). Not a bad thing in-itself, but takes a whole `nother slant on the way a beer gets it's Bitter, Flavor, and Aroma hop profiles. And can be off-putting if you're not expecting something so left-of-center....

    Tends to meld a bit better as this warms. The malt starts to shine through, and provides some much-needed balancing action to the beer overall.

    A bit heavy-handed for something only 4.3%ABV -- perhaps not quite "sessionable" as I would have preferred, to be honest....

    But still comes across as more along the lines of an beer with an IPA's hop-bill, but with only an Ordinary Bitter's malt bill.

    "Rebellious"? Perhaps. It does seem to strike out on it's own, all told. That is to say, this is more bitter than many'an "English IPA" (read: Green King). But I think that the body could have been beefed up to match the wet- and dry-hopping a bit more overall.

    But I still didn't mind drinking this. A nice change of pace, all told....

  • HEEMER77 1009 reviews
    rated 3.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Poured a hazy gold from the bottle. Oranges and flowers come out in the aroma. Flavor has orange peel, a surprising hops bite for a bitter and a little peach. This is very interesting and also has more to it than most bitters. I really like this light and refreshing change of pace. Too much hops to be my favorite bitter.

  • CHOOCH 6 reviews
    rated 3.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Yellowish bitter with good colour, sweet aroma, a watery feel and slightly fragrant hops. Upfront taste with a dry finish but very drinkable. A regualr at my local.

  • MKOBES 550 reviews
    rated 3.8 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    0.5 l bottle. Yellow with a white head. Hoppy aroma, citrusy. Hoppy flavor with some bitterness. Malty. Nice malt character. Decent body. Enjoyable. Decent.

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