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Bitter Brewer - Surly Brewing Company

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Bitter BrewerBitter Brewer

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993 Ratings

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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 224
Gots: 68 | 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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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and tea-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, canned ~three weeks ago on 5/7/13, poured into my FFF Teku tasting glass , drank on 6/1/13 over an hour.

A: 4.00 - golden-orange coloration, mininmal clarity with slight haze when held up to the light, 1/2 finger white frothy head subsides into subtle glass lacing, minimal alcohol legs (to be expected for a 4% beer)

S: 3.50 - as the can portends, some orange/marmalade notes on the initial sniff with some light bready/biscuity aromas with little hop presence, which was surprising due to its alleged dry hopping and the pedigree

T: 4.25 - mild bitterness on the front of the tongue (at 40 IBUs) with malt characters predominating in the middle of the mouth --> again, orange, marmalade, honey and biscuit notes are apparent with very little hop flavors considering that this beer was allegedly dry hopped

M: 4.50 -light bodied (appropriate for style), 4+% is not apparent at all; fine carbonation coats the tongue

O: 4.25 - I am willing to chalk this up as Surly's session beer and, to be honest, as much as I like IPAs/DIPAs, it's their aroma/flavor and not their bitterness that appels to me, so an ESB is not a favorite style; this is a solid sessionable offering, but, with all the more flavorful options from Surly out there, I won't be buying this one again as, unfortunately, this is their most underwhelming beer on my palate

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a snifter. It's only 4 percent but the snifter is fun. Pours a rich orange with one finger of head, recedes to some lacing.

Smells of orange rinds and marmalade. Delicious but also mild. Hints of grainy cracker are there as well.

Taste follows the nose. And while the flavor starts mild, it finishes with a burst of lemon, honey and orange.

Mouthfeel is medium which is something to be said for a beer so light in both abv and calories.

Great summer seasonal. One that I likely overlooked for too long.

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16oz energy drink looking can, 6 days old

Semi-hazy yellow pumpkin color, sudsy esb head. Smell is lemon, pine, sweet fruits. Feel is light-medium, crisp yet buttery. Taste is bitter(obviously) pine, lemon rind, pie crust, bready grain finish.

The best tasting 4% beer you'll ever drink.

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Bitter Brewer from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.