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English-Style Bitter

The English-style bitter is a very sessionable, lower-alcohol, malt-driven style. Broad style description commonly associated with cask-conditioned beers. The light- to medium-bodied ordinary bitter is gold to copper in color, with a low residual malt sweetness. Hop bitterness is medium.

Category: Pale Ales

Food Pairings

  • Roasted Chicken, Fish and Chips
  • Firm English Cheeses
  • Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Nonic Pint
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Gold to Copper

Clarity

Clear to Brilliant

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma may be evident at the brewer's discretion

Malt

Low to medium residual malt sweetness is present

Esters

Fruity esters are common.

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

Low-level diacetyl aromas and flavor are acceptable

Sensations

Body

Drying to Soft

Carbonation

Low

Finish Length

Short

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Kent Goldings

Malt

British Pale Ale, Aromatic, Crystal, Special Roast

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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