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Bitter Brewer - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

749 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by smittyjr:
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smittyjr

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is another one of my favorites, especially for the summertime!

Poured into a tall tulip glass out of a 16oz can:

A- an aggressive pour results in a orange color, with a perfectly white head, that is around 1". Awesome retention on the head and great lacing all the way through!

S- Greatness! Grapefruit/Tropical fruits with a hint of malty sweetness you find once you open your mouth! very enticing smell! i think of skittles when i smell this beer!

T- very close to the smell. Citrus hops seem to be the most prevalent, but tropical in a sense more than citrus. It starts out all fruit, tropical with a hint of floral-ness. it finishes in my mind with the malts, toasted-british, and that is the only thing i would change, but it still doesn't turn me off. i don't taste the marmalade much at all but maybe that is the tropical-ness i taste?

M- Great, light, crisp and refreshing! perfect for summer!

D- Very drinkable, could drink it all day! its crisp and refreshing and of course, full of flavors i enjoy!

Serving type: can

06-12-2009 21:03:29 | More by smittyjr
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A bit of a let down, as aroma is one area where Surly shines. That's not to say it doesn't smell delightful, it does, it just seems a bit muted. Nice (but light) tropical fruit notes mix well with equally light floral hops. Zesty tangerine and orange peel.

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Bitter Brewer from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.