Bitter Brewer - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by PerzentRizen:
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured into a Goose Island Honker's Ale pub glass Bitter Brewer has a deep straw to very light burnished copper color with a decent head that recedes to lacing as the beer closes.
The aromas are of toasted barley and little else. There really is not much in the way of aroma hops.
The flavors upon first sip are reminiscient of Furious (Surley's IPA - another great beer). The same hops are used but to a lesser degree. There is a bit of a watered down flavor going on that I'm not that into but it's good for drinking on the lawn mower.
The mouthfeel is just about perfect for the style - light but a just a hair too light for me. I need a little more malt and perhaps a little less carbonation. I would imagine their cask conditioned version is amazing - I believe it is oak aged as well.
The drinkability is exceptional. I drank mine in a mere few minutes and would love another; if only the brewery wasn't 1400 miles away. Oh well that's why there's trading.
Serving type: can
06-10-2009 21:48:27 | More by PerzentRizen
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - Copper orange, clear, with a large white head that bubbled off quickly and reduces to a thin film, with mild lacing.
S - Surprisingly strong hop note, mostly of pine. Malt is also present, a quality of bread.
T - This is a subtle brew, but offers both cracker flavors and bread in the malts and an element of grass from the hop. There is a hint of citrus and pine, but it buried deep in the mix. Most important is the bitter shift at mid-point, where we get a more standard bitter.
M - For as bitter as this is, the brisk carbonation and light body and ABV keep things bright and easy. A true session beer.
O - Where I've found most bitters lack something at their core, this bitter is robust and fully realized, ultimately quite satisfying. This is not my favorite style, but this represents an exciting entry that I'd actually reach for when looking for a brew by the lake where I need to keep my edge.
Serving type: can
07-14-2014 00:17:29 | More by Tsar_Riga
Bitter Brewer from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.