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Bitter Brewer - Surly Brewing Company

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Bitter BrewerBitter Brewer

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989 Ratings

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 223
Gots: 67 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2007

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, no dating, poured into SA glass.

Light orange elixir, slight haze, fluffy, tight white head, copious lacing.

Heavy floral notes, some piney hops, subtle orange and mint.

The floral presence is there, but nicely muted by the hops and malt. Nothing over powering.

Nicely bitter, a bit tangy, refreshing.

The perfect brew for any summer activity. Well done.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours Amber with Red Highlights and about finger of head. Head

S - Smells Citrus, Yeast, Grass, Pine, and Flowers.

T - Tastes of Citrus, Pine Resin, Minerals, and Bready. Not that Bitter but they must be using water Heavy on Minerals for this beer.

M - Very light body, Watery, but Medium Carbonation.

D - This is a very good Session beer but the lack of flavor hurts my wanting for more than one.

For the style this a good overall beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Phocion, split with some friends as part of my 1-year on BA Anniversary tasting. My portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: A very, very-slightly hazy yellow-bodied beer with only a slight tint of orange. The head - half a finger of foamy, dull white - recedes quickly, leaving a thin collar, a full, delicate sheen, and a ton of sticky, blobby, disconnected lacing. Very nice. Carbonation is infrequent but incredibly fast, zipping, racing to the top.

Aroma: Strangely hoppy, grassy, orange zest-like, which - though it isn't stylistically the most accurate - is still pretty nice. The malts are toasty, light, dry, faintly buttery. Good American interpretation.

Taste: Very neutral, almost like lightly-hopped seltzer water. The malts are incredibly grainy and light - though there does exist the faintest roasted edge - and are balanced by a healthy amount of bitterness and a kiss of grassy hoppiness. The water is slightly minerally, which doesn't come through as a metallic note (can!), but does add an interesting dimension.

Mouthfeel: Big effervescence, slightly uneven in the incredibly thin body. It's nice, and works well with the light malt notes, the light hoppiness, the light ... everything. Crisp and refreshing, though still surprisingly soft.

Drinkability: An entirely inoffensive and sessionable brew. It's not the most flavorful or aromatic beer out there, but hey, it's not supposed to be, is it? I could see bringing a four-pack of these along on a camping trip (though I suppose I could see doing the same w/ a four-pack of Ten FIDY ...). A tasty beverage.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy, light tan head into a pub glass that left good sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a dull, hazy amber color.
s - light citrus/orange aromas with a hint of floral hops.
t - muted oranges with some biscuit and wheat malt flavors.
m - medium and slick with some chewiness.
o - really nice session beer that packs a lot of flavor into a 4% ABV beer.

Bitter Brewer from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.