Bitter - English

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 Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.
4.303,9913.6501-17-2022
London Pride
Fuller's
4.702,7563.9105-21-2022
Bluebird Bitter
Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
4.205133.8504-04-2022
Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale
Shepherd Neame Ltd
4.504733.5901-07-2022
Younger's Special Bitter
Rogue Ales
4.803693.9210-10-2020
Newcastle Summer Ale
Heineken Nederland B.V.
4.403622.9510-12-2021
The Naughty Nurse
City Steam Brewery Café
5.003233.4909-20-2021
Ruddles County
Greene King / Morland Brewery
4.702773.7406-21-2021
Foster's Special Bitter
Foster's Group Limited
5.002382.8304-17-2020
Uncle Teddy's Bitter
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.002333.9811-15-2020
Doom Bar
Sharp's Brewery
4.302333.4704-01-2022
Best Bitter
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
5.001963.604-16-2022
Old Golden Hen
Greene King / Morland Brewery
4.101843.4408-20-2021
Hopback Summer Lightning
Hop Back Brewery plc
5.001843.6305-20-2022
Belhaven Best
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
3.501793.2805-22-2022
Adnams Southwold Bitter
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
4.101753.6105-25-2021
Brakspear Bitter
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
3.401503.7504-05-2020
Goliath
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
4.201433.4512-15-2021
McNellie's Pub Ale
Marshall Brewing Company
5.001333.7309-20-2021
Young's Bitter
Eagle Brewery
3.801323.805-05-2021
Session Ale-Extra Special Bitter
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
5.001303.5508-03-2021
Op & Top
Brouwerij De Molen
4.501223.6901-26-2022
Courage Directors Bitter
Eagle Brewery
4.801223.4607-11-2021
Arkell Best Bitter
Wellington County Brewery
4.001163.6608-29-2020
London Homesick Ale
Oasis Texas Brewing Company
4.901043.5104-13-2020
6X
Wadworth and Company Ltd.
4.10953.4607-30-2021
Boddingtons Bitter
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
3.80912.9101-09-2022
T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale)
Hog's Back Brewery
4.20883.4408-23-2021
XB Bluebird Bitter
Coniston Brewing Co. Ltd
4.40873.6405-03-2022
Old Brewery Bitter
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.00803.7106-02-2021
Best Bitter
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.70713.5301-28-2022
Banks's Bitter
Banks's Park Brewery
3.70703.1202-27-2021
Camerons Strongarm
Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd
4.00693.7204-05-2021
Boltmaker
Timothy Taylor's Brewery
4.00694.0404-28-2022
HSB (Horndean Special Bitter)
George Gale & Company Ltd
4.80663.9801-06-2020
Sussex Best Bitter
Harvey's Brewery
4.00653.9110-04-2021
Hopping Hare
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
4.50633.5310-06-2021
Hooky Bitter
Hook Norton Brewery Co. Ltd.
3.50623.8504-19-2021
Jeffrey Hudson Bitter
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
3.80613.9604-19-2021
Adnams Bitter
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
4.10613.704-10-2021
Pure UBU
Purity Brewing Co
4.50613.6511-02-2021
Brains The Rev. James
Brains
4.50583.4910-08-2021
Best Bitter
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
3.80553.6105-13-2022
Uncle Bob's Bitter
Riverwalk Brewing
4.50553.4310-31-2021
Master Brew
Shepherd Neame Ltd
4.00543.3411-10-2021
Old Leg Over
Daleside Brewery
4.10533.5506-15-2021
Brains SA
Brains
4.20513.4510-08-2021
Courage Best Bitter
Eagle Brewery
4.00513.0705-06-2021
Bachelor Bitter
Deschutes Brewery
5.00503.6311-20-2021
Anvil Ale
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
4.80503.6610-10-2020
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