Bitter Brewer | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,088
Reviews:
446
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
88
For Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16 oz can into Surly Pint glass

Golden almost amber body with a finger width white head. Lacing was relatively good throughout the drinking experience.

Smell is not overpowering. Light piney hop scent.

Taste is indeed bitter upfront with some creaminess and caramel flavor in the body. Solid ESB that drinks very smooth.

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Bitter Brewer pours a darker copper color, with a small dissipating head. There is this amazing bitter aroma, with hints of hops; very crisp. The flavor has this this very dry crisp taste, with a nice mix of a pale malts, and just a tad of hops. Nice full flavors and body, and finishes with this amazing dryness. Overall I love it, very drinkable flavorful and enjoyable.

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A-Cloudy orangish-yellow, one finger head.

S-Some citrus hops with a straw-like malt backbone. Floral/grassy notes as well

T-Starts with a nice straw/wheat note. Ends with some mild citrus. Also is herbal/floral in the finish. Mild bitterness. Almost tea-like in the herbal/floral flavors.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, slight hop resins.

O-An easy drinking summer beer, with some hop bite. However the tea-like flavors are not doing anything for me.

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Canned on 05/07/13.

A: White frothy head on pour though dies off pretty quickly...with a bit of lace floating on top. Medium, amber to orange, slightly transparent if it wasn't for the unfiltered cloudy haze in the glass... decent amount of carbonation along with the small particles...

S: Right off the bat, this smells like a American take on the classic bitters, almost a Bitter IPA... lots of hop aromas, lots of floral, maybe some orange and sweet malts.... not a lot of bitterness on the nose...

T: Once tasted though the bitters do come out, with the classic English bitter tea taste, with a jasmine, rose floral herbiness to the hops, little more citrus and orange also underneath, along with more of a multi-grain type of malt sweetness. Not overly bitter or sweet, like a good iced (real) tea on a hot day...

M: Light, crisp, refreshing with good level of carbonation.... what can you say but very easy drinking and sessionable...

O: Haven't had a lot of English Bitters (like most N.Americans it seems except when it comes to this one), but this one finds a very nice balance of something that isn't too sweet, too hoppy, too heavy... just a perfect pub summer sipper... if anything I think this could do with a little more malt complexity and would like to try it on cask, to see if it could be a little smoother or something....

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Bitter Brewer from Surly Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,088 ratings.
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