The Halftime Pint: Cain’s Bitter

20120916-231855.jpgOne of the greater things about watching football in America is that most matches, especially those of the EPL, are early in the morning American time, giving people an excuse to daydrink. This is part of our series discussing exactly what to drink when you’re at the pub, presented by our resident homebrewer, Keith.

The Beer: Cain’s Bitter, Robert Cain Brewery, Liverpool, England

The Pub: The Queen Vic, in Northeast DC

What You Need to Know: This is familiar ground for this column, on two fronts. We covered the history of the Robert Cain Brewery, which is also a major pub owner in Britain, early in the history of Four Five Two.

And the English bitter is by now known as a favorite style of the column. Cain’s slots in comfortably as a slightly under-strength Best Bitter, meaning it’s copper as opposed to straw in color, but not quite as strong as the ESB/Premium Bitter. The typical ABV for the range is also about 4.2-4.7 percent, while Cain’s comes in at an even 4.

So, About this Beer: Pours a clear copper with a gigantic pillowy white head. Straw and chalk heavy on the aroma. Mineral and grassy hop flavors dominate, with the typical toffee flavors of an ESB coming intersingly enough on the back end. A perfectly drinkable beer, but without the complexity of other bitters. Mouthfeel is creamy, almost like a Boddington’s.
The Verdict: It’s a fairly standard bitter. Good for sessioning, and really nice for a warm day like this past Saturday. Again, it is very middle of the road- I’ve had more complex bitters for certain. But it’s still a really nice beer, and well worth the purchase.

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