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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2006
A fantastic beer. Crisp but firm malts with just enough hops to carry things through. The aroma is light caramel and toated malt. An excellent palate, light but satisfying in ever way. It is too bad there are not more beers like this in the US.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 28, 2006
draft at the brew pub: amber color with thick foamy head, proper aroma and flavor for a bitter. i felt it was sufficiently bitter and balanced myself, especially for a 3.5% beer. Good for drinking in quantity, definitely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
undsioux7 (835) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2006
sampler at pub. A decent session beer. Not really to bitter for being a bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2006
On tap at pub. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor. Slightly surprised by the lack of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Tap at brewpub. Honey body with a thick ring of bubbles. Nose-very neutral almost non-existent nose. Taste-big corn flake/cereal, high CO2, medium-high hop bitterness, slightly lactic note. Hop aroma and bitter hangs on for a while. Very solid bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (6043) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2006
On tap at the brewpub in New Brighton. Fresh lake water aroma. Cloudy, medium orange appearance, good lace with a thick creamy white head - looks very inviting. Brief bitterness, faint caramel notes; not a whole lot else going on. Decent mouthfeel, slight sting to it though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2006
a hoppy brew which seemed a little watery. decent but more of an ipa, which i will try next.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11960) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Cloudy amber body with minimal white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some herbal. Taste is medium sweet, herbal/earthy, some peach ,light melon, caramel. Light-medium body with low carbonation. MilkmanDan was with me, and assures me it tasted much better the last time he was there -- I wish I got to try that version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2005
I am somewhere between amazed and deeply offended that this beer is rated so low. If I need example #1 of how big beers seem to automatically get rated higher than smaller beers, I’m going to compare Barley Johns’ Dark Knight to the blissfully lovely Little Barley Bitter. Golden yellow, head quite creamy. Great malts in nose, great little whiffs of caramel, lightly bready and biscuity, quite nice. Flavor is just grand, starts fruity with a kiss of apple and bits of lemon and citrus, then some light caramel sweetness before finishing with an amazing biscuity and toasty chunk of malts. Rich and creamy. Yeah, yeah, it’s not an imperial stout or a bourbon-aged something or the other, but this is simply a stunning beer. I’m going to drink a lot of it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Tap @ brewpub. Slightly hazed golden amber color with a white head. A natural barley flavor with caramel made this worth finishing but otherwise nondescript. For a brewpub’s base beer this was pretty good.

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