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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color into my imperial pint glass with a nice, off white head.

Aroma is nicely hopped, with an American inspired citrus aspect. This has a really interesting hop and malt profile that I've yet to encounter. The marmalade and toast description on the can is spot on. I feel cheap for putting that in a review, but there isn't much to add to that.

On the palate is a lightly toasted malt flavor with a light bitterness. Fruity orange and a leafy, woodsy hop flavor come together for a deep hop profile. Mouthfeel is on the wet side with a suprisingly substantial body. Still, the overall character is nice and light, making me crave another session beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This can came in an unexpected but very welcomed package from a friend who has family in Minnesota. It pours with a warm, light orange-amber color and a big, fluffy, sticky head. The aroma provides a nice balance of sweet caramel malt and some light herbal hops. The flavor likewise blends fruity, sweet malts with a bright yet somehow musty combination of hops, and the light effervescence further lightens the flavor profile. Overall, this beer , has a nice earthy quality, but it is at the same time light, bright, sweet, and quite drinkable.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of pmccallum86
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark red golden color with a large frothy head.

S- Smell is of light earthy malt with a slight citrus hop scent.

T- Taste is light, very light. Good content of malt flavor, very refreshing for the style.

M- Thin, this has a slight watery feel and goes down very smooth. Perfect carbonation level, feels great going down.

D- This is an extremely drinkable beer. As it is only 4.0% alcohol one could consume many of these bad boys.

Not the most flavorful but very sessionable, a great example of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper with a yellow hue, and a thin, white head that remains.
Smell is an almost even balance between malts and hops. Some light caramel, toffee, and nutty tones in there, as well as some light citrus notes.
Taste is nutty malts up front with some hops following close behind. More light caramelly and nutty tones, with the malts carrying through to the finish, along with some ample bitterness.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, though there is a crisp bite that comes in near the finish. light body.
Very good drinkability. Quite refreshing on a hot summer night, and the relatively low ABV helps.

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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange/rust color with a bubbly 2 finger head. Lots of stickiness on glass.

Nice hoppy citrus/grapefruit aroma with some orange zest & a bisquit like malt scent.

Full grapefruit/citrus hoppiness, mellow maltiness, understated hop earthiness, bready malt backbone.

Light, maybe medium bodied, mild carbonation, lingering dryness.

Easy drinkin bitter. Less filling, tastes great.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

P: Presented in a 16 oz., pale orange/gold can with illustrations depicting Todd: the cynical, surly, bitter brewer. Received from Masala Mama as part of a WI/MN trade. Poured into a Hennepin flute.

A: Pours an iced tea-hued amber with a frothy, two-finger head that clings on and on.

S: Tea, ginger and floral citrus hops. A hint of brown sugar as it warms.

T: Opens with notes of orange marmalade, tea, grapefruit pith and biscuit. No notable sweetness. Bitter on the back end with a crisp hop presence. Finishes dry and somewhat grainy. Crisp and refreshing, but by no means robust.

M: Light-bodied with a thin mouthfeel and an active level of carbonation.

D: An exceptionally light body, modest IBU (37), low ABV, and interesting flavor profile make Bitter Brewer highly sessionable. Recommended if you're looking for a lighter beer with plenty of character.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange amber color with a sudsy white head on top that sits down to patchy froth.

Nicely juiced aroma comes out over light malt background. Big peach and marmalade with a strong floral sweetness. A little deeper toffee and vanilla cake-like smell comes through too.

More juiciness in the flavor. Lightly bitter with good citrus notes. More cake-like malt character without being too sweet. Caramel, nutty, marmalade and peach, then a little buttery at the finish with more fading bitterness.

Nice lighter medium body with a fading full carbonation through the swallow. Leaves a little slickness, but not much.

Really easy to drink. Good flavor, not crazy great, but solidly good. I could seemingly put back a few of these without trouble.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another delicious brew courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: A fantastic looking pour! Color is a slightly opaque copper. A somewhat rough pour yields a huge, bubbly head that easily reaches the top of my DFH glass. Their is great retention, and some nice soapy lacing left behind.

Smell: A nice, slightly citrusy bitterness in the nose. There is a subtle bit of sweetness hanging out in the back that provides a bit of balance.

Taste: The bitterness in the taste is not as pronounced as it is in the smell as their is a nice balance with the bitter and the malts. It's definitely there, but not very assertive.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly thin mouthfeel. Definitely an easy drinker.

Drinkability: A very tasty brew indeed, and pretty true to the style. I guess when it comes to bitterness I like the hops to eat the enamel off my teeth. Still, this is a refreshing brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I originally had this on tap a few weeks ago at the Happy Gnome. Unfortunately it was about my 6th pint of the night so all I remember was that I really liked it. I was lucky enough to run across some cans at Cellars in Eagan, so now I can review this gem.

This beer pours a fabulous crystal clear orange color into my Imperial pint glass. It fits just perfectly in the glass w/ a glistening white head riding just above the bulged out portion of the glass. It is oh, so inviting. The aromas are prominent w/ a pleasant hoppy nose. Citrusy aromas and even some earthiness come about from the glass. You can defintely appreciate the dry hoppage. The flavor is fantastic w/ a soft hoppy bite initially followed by some toasty, mildy sweet malts. The beer finishes w/ a citrus tang. It isn't really overly bitter, which is quite nice and true to the style. I do get a faint "grassiness" at the end which isn't entirely enjoyable. This is not however a major flaw. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean.

Stellar is one word to describe this beer. I'm a sap for good English beers. This definitely isn't English, but it is a good Americanized version of the English Bitter. An obvious session beer. I wish Surly would release this year round. It is a great beer to have around when you finish a long day at work, mow the lawn on a hot day, or are just feeling like having a good, drinkable brew. If only I could find this on cask somewhere...

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