Arbor Brewing Huxell Best Bitter Ale
By David Bardallis on January 1, 2013 :: posted in Reviews, Beer of the Day
4.2% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Clear golden-amber with a generous bone white head that slowly shrinks to a lingering wisp; nice, sticky lacing.
Aroma: Floral, piney and grassy hops dominate over notes of lightly toasted bread.
Taste: Bitter, earthy hoppiness up front, some mild fruity esters mid-palate and excellently balanced with a grainy malt finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry; very crisp and clean for an ale.
A long-time Arbor Brewing pub staple that has unfortunately rotated offline more and more in recent years, Huxell Best Bitter is hands-down my favorite (non-sour) ABC beer. Fellow enjoyers of the English bitter style are often impressed with this “Yank” version, which gives hop lovers something to crow about without ever becoming unbalanced, and at a sessionable 4.2% ABV, one can enjoy several of this deliciously flavorful brew at a sitting without slurring the Queen’s English too badly.