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Bitter Brewer | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with a significant portion of Simpsons Golden Promise, the malt character comes across as toasty, and the flaked oats provide some additional mouthfeel to offset the bitterness. The hops provide an orange aroma and flavor, almost like marmalade. The current signature hop is Mandarina Bavaria, a new aromatic varietal coming out of Germany that has distinct tangerine and orange-like notes.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2007

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

Murky red/gold liquid with that great Surly head. Oddly low carbonation visuals in my Sam Adams sensory glass.

Smells of mild malt goodness, almost like a tea. No booze presence.

Taste is mild, as it should be, making for an easy drinker. Light hop presence and of course malt that I can't discern.

Mouth is medium in body and carbonation. Goes down easy and smooth.

My first of this style is a pleasant one!

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

From 06/11/11 notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, oranges, fruit malts, and light toasted malts. Pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of oranges strongly, also citrus hops, floral hops, light bitter pine hops, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall another good beer from Surly. This one had a lot of orange and citrus to it. Was a great beer to have at the beach; would certainly like to have it again.

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Poured out as a hazy amber color with a cream colored head. The aroma is a good balance of malt and hops. The Taste is about the same, solid caramel malt presence with a good bitterness in the finish. Overall pretty good brew!

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Bitter Brewer from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,088 ratings
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