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Bitter Brewer - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

844 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 220
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2007)
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

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
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Bitter Brewer from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.