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Style Guide: Bitter

The following is an excerpt from The Craft Beer Textbook by Jonny Garett…

Flavour Profile: Bready, full-bodied, fruity

A terrible name for anything, even beer, but Bitter is a classic English style and still one of the most popular styles in the country. That might be because real ale style has somewhat blended into one in the eyes of the drinker, partly through misunderstanding but also because beers have been becoming paler and paler since pale malt was invented.

So a Bitter is usually a British-hopped, pale or amber beer that’s all about rich and fruity yeast, bready aroma and just enough bitterness to clean it all up the end. It doesn’t have to be served on cask, but it bloody should be.

Notable examples:

 Moor Beer – Revival

A modern classic, Revival straddles the line between Pale Ale and Bitter (Moor have coined the term Pale Bitter to describe it) with an amped-up hop character influenced by the American brewing scene.

By The Horns – Stroller

A more traditional interpretation of the style, Stroller is a light copper-coloured Bitter brewed with delicious, bready British malts and Bullion and Golding hops from Kent.

Quantock Brewery – The Passenger

The Passenger us Quantock’s modern interpretation of the best bitter with the popular English hop combo of Admiral and Olicana dialling up the fruit character for a modern palate, with notes of citrus and passion fruit.

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