Bonn Place Brewing Co.

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English Bitter
Ranked #46
Ranked #25,017
3.83 | pDev: 11.75%
Bonn Place Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 25
Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint.

Crystal clear gold. 1 finger of loose white head. Light carbonation.

Caramel, biscuit, cracker, and toffee.

Caramel, biscuit, and cracker with hints of toffee. Light herbal hoppiness.

Light bodied, smooth, clean, and lightly bitter.

I'm happy to see an Ordinary Bitter on the shelves. I will gladly sweep these up when I'm in the mood.

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Photo of PORK
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy with 3/4 inch head that dissipated quickly...powerful aroma if citrusy hops...excellent balance of sweetness with a mild bitter finish...mild citrus flavor with a good malt backbone...medium thick mouthfeel and the flavor really hangs on as it warms

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Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The chill hazed but clear golden amber-colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/4” full fluffy white head that recedes slowly but visibly while leaving lots of foam and scattered lacing around the sides of the glass. Eventually there’s a cap but as the lacing thins a bit the cap persists for quite a while. Sipping creates a few small patches and legs of lacing. Eventual the cap of foam becomes a small ring around the glass and a large thin irregular island of foam.

The aromas are filled with toasted malt against a background of citric zest that seems to be mostly either orange or tangerine.

The flavors include some caramel and the zesty citrus flavors expected from the nose. The balance between sweetness and the citric bitterness changes as the beer warms. Initially the gentle bitterness is more up front and more noticeable than the malt backbone and its sweetness, but, as the beer warms, the fruity bitterness softens a bit and then recedes a bit allowing the malt background to show a bit more.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied and fairly smooth from the gentle, persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as most everything begins to slowly fade away leaving the long ending to the slowly fading of citric bitterness that ends up way in the back of the throat where it persists and persists.

Overall a nicely brewed bitter which is both enjoyable and drinkable. It would be easy to repeat and at 4.8% the ABV is a bit higher than I’d prefer in a proper “session beer,” but nonetheless it could serve nicely for an evening of slow sipping of a few pints when good friends are gathered for a comfortable evening chat. Is it as well done as the best of those in the UK? Not sure about that but it is tastier than some I've had. It touches many of the right bases for me and it brings back some nice memories.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Bonn Place Brewing Co. in Bethlehem, PA.

Light amber color with a big, creamy white head. Slightly hazy. Subdued aroma of biscuity malt and orange marmalade fruitiness. Soft toasted malt and caramel flavor with a touch of fruit at the end. Great combination of lightly sweet malt and lightly bitter hops to create a balanced and bittersweet finish. Medium-light bodied, clean, and smooth. Totally delicious and eminently drinkable.

The best of the 5 beers I tried at Bonn Place. I could drink this all day.

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Mooey from Bonn Place Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 25 ratings