Barley Johns Little Barley Bitter
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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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Modeled after the British-style "bitter" this is the lightest and least bitter beer we brew. Crisp and refreshing with just a hint of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
northropfrye (2596) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at Barley Johns. Faint aroma. Little pale brown colour. Malty, not bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3086) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2011
On tap at the brewpub - I was in the mood for something light and malty, and this fit the bill perfectly. Pours brown with a small light tan head. Nose is nutty and lightly sweet, with a touch of floral hops. Taste is roughly the same, with a real smooth breadiness coming through. The whole thing is as easy drinking as expected, and I could probably drink an entire growler of this. Smooth and medium-bodied, with a nice carbonation level.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
On tap at Barley Johns. Pours clear amber with a slim tight soapy head that leaves a noticable lacing. Aroma is light hops malt and yeast. Taste is crisp malty with a bitter hop finish. Palate is thin and crisp with a gritty dry finish. Easy drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2011
on tap at the brewery pours light amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is thin grassy malts and toffee. Flavor is light toffee and a nice clean grassy hop finish. Really good session strength beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34 (3495) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap as part of a sampler...A darkish clear gold with a huge white head with great retention...The aroma is super light, immediately you can see this is a 3.5% beer. A touch of caramel is all you get, boring...The taste is so light you might as well be drinking water, the extremely light feel hurts as well. It tastes as if they mixed half a glass of esb with half a glass of water. Not a session beer worth trying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (7945) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a clear gold with an amber hue and a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges and laced nicely. Aroma was full of malts with grain hay and a bit of buttery popcorn and bread. Flavor was similar with notes of grass, hay and bread with a bit of underlying sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Appearance: golden straw with a steady stream of bubbles racing from bottom to top. Nice fluffy white head. Lace already crawling up, down, and around sides of taster glass.
Nose: bread crust and toast golden brown. Citrus skins in the back; grapefruit and lemon. Melba underneath with red apple skins.
Palate: bitterness in back with un-waxed fresh citrus skins. Sweetness in middle and front. Apply crispness mingles with the gently bitter citrus skins. Lingers long on top of tongue, drying palate and instigating thirst. Apple essence in the middle. Lemon and white grapefruit are far more subdued. Honey-accented melba toast.
Final Thoughts: a bitter worthy of her English predecessors as far as I can taste. Excellent flavor with a briskness of drinkability which this style is known for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Sample at the brewpub on 10/30/10. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. Corny aroma with some graininess and a bit of hop. Flavor of corn, dank malt and a crisp bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2112) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 25, 2010
On draft at the brewpub. Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of English pale malts, grassy hops, faint caramel, and orchard fruit. In the mouth there’s more pale malt, honey, more grassy English hops, and orange marmalade. Light bodied with firm bitterness. A very legit interpretation of an English bitter, which I enjoyed quite a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Pours a clear golden with a medium, fluffy, white head. Mild aroma is malty and sweet. Taste is of mild malts, bread, some sweet flavors and mild hop bitterness. Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not nearly as bitter as I anticipated; very similar to a standard lager.

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