English Bitter

The Bitter style came from brewers who wanted to differentiate these ales from other mild brews—enter pale malts and more hops. Usually gold to copper in color, most examples are light bodied and low in carbonation. Intended to be sessionable, alcohol should be low and not perceived on the palate. The hop bitterness meanwhile, is moderate to assertive. Most English Bitters have a fruitiness in the aroma and flavor; diacetyl can also be present. These beers are traditionally served cask conditioned, but many breweries now have bottled versions, too.

ABV: 3.0–5.0% | IBU: 20–35 | Glassware: Pint Glass (or Becker, Nonic, Tumbler)

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Honker's AleGoose Island Beer Co.4.303,9693.66
Fuller's London PrideFuller Smith & Turner PLC4.102,6633.92
Bluebird BitterConiston Brewing Co. Ltd4.204923.85
Spitfire Premium Kentish AleShepherd Neame Ltd4.504503.58
Younger's Special BitterRogue Ales4.803673.93
Newcastle Summer AleHeineken Nederland B.V.4.403612.95
City Steam The Naughty NurseCity Steam Brewery Café5.003173.48
Ruddles CountyGreene King / Morland Brewery4.702733.74
Foster's Special BitterFoster's Group Limited5.002372.82
Uncle Teddy's BitterVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown4.002323.98
Long Haul Session AleTwo Brothers Brewing Company4.202173.59
Doom BarSharp's Brewery4.002083.46
Gritty McDuff's Best BitterGritty McDuff's Brewing Company5.001943.61
Hopback Summer LightningHop Back Brewery plc5.001803.63
Old Golden HenGreene King / Morland Brewery4.101783.44
Belhaven BestBelhaven Brewery Company Ltd.3.501763.29
Geary's Winter AleD.L. Geary Brewing Company6.001693.44
Adnams Southwold BitterAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.101683.6
Brakspear BitterW.H. Brakspear & Sons plc3.401453.76
GoliathWychwood Brewery Company Ltd4.701393.43
McNellie's Pub AleMarshall Brewing Company5.001323.73
Young's BitterWells & Young's Ltd3.801293.79
Session Ale-Extra Special BitterBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.001293.55
Courage Directors BitterWells & Young's Ltd4.801203.45
St. Peter's Ruby Red AleSt. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd4.301203.7
Op & TopBrouwerij De Molen4.501183.7
Tetley's SmoothflowCarlsberg-Tetley Brewing Ltd3.601173.21
Arkell Best BitterWellington County Brewery4.001153.65
Chester County BitterSly Fox Brewing Company4.501143.58
Cain's Finest BitterRobert Cain & Company Limited4.001103.55
London Homesick AleOasis Texas Brewing Company4.901033.51
BitterRidgeway Brewing4.00983.71
Colonel Blides Cask AleCricket Hill Brewing Co.5.50983.61
Boddingtons BitterBoddingtons3.80872.94
XB Bluebird BitterConiston Brewing Co. Ltd4.40843.64
Pitchfork Rebellious BitterRCH Brewery4.30823.7
Old Brewery BitterSamuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)4.00773.71
HopHeadDark Star Brewing Company Limited3.80743.92
Little DogHair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room3.50733.58
Camerons StrongarmCastle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd4.00683.72
St. Peter's Best BitterSt. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd3.70673.51
HSB (Horndean Special Bitter)George Gale & Company Ltd4.80654
St. Patrick's BestStrangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd4.20653.56
Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited4.00624.05
West Bank Pub AleMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery4.80623.83
Hooky BitterHook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.3.50613.86
Adnams BitterAdnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery4.10613.7
St. Peter's Organic Best BitterSt. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd4.10603.92
Jeffrey Hudson BitterOakham Ales / The Brewery Tap3.80603.96
Hopping HareBadger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse4.50593.51
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