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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlodko (1) - USA - JUN 12, 2005 does not count
This is a nicely balanced English-style bitter, with just enough hops to keep you happy without overpowering you. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Light orange. Latexy, citrusy baking soda and puppy-mess-cleaning-product whiff. Smooth palate with minimal carbonation. Count to five and the sour bitter finish shows itself. Reminiscent of many cask bitters I had in England a few years ago. Above average for this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElGaucho (2286) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Sweet, floral hop aroma. Very nice. Avg. sized off-white frothy white head that is lasting. Amber body. Good visible carbonation and excellent lace. Flavor is a little thin and unbalanced. All hop, very little malt or sweetness. Nice finish and reasonably enjoyable for hopheads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Soft fuggely aroma. Light, with soft maltiness, heavy on the crystal malts, but refreshing and sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Apricot Coloring. No Head. Hops, Citrus, Balanced Well...Enjoyable Beer! Being a Minnesotan suddenly isn’t so bad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4577) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Amber color. Slightly malty nose. Very dry and hoppy taste. Possibly a litte fruit? It seemed more like an aborted attempt at an IPA than a bitter, but an okay brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Sample at the brewpub. Clean, clear dark amber; big sweet cherry-malty nose, quite wonderful. Very dry, light, but full palate, with a nice finishing biscuity quality; could use perhaps a bit more sweetness, and less astringency to end, but very nice overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3772) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
White ring on a glowing golden body. Moderate carbonation. Mostly dusty aroma with some malty directions. Very curious to have this side-by-side with their maibock, which is the sweeter of the two beers but share a lot in common, though a few shades of color apart. Moderate bitterness after a mostly plain flavor. Most disappointing was that this beer, unlike any other of Barley John’s beers, suffers from a limp, even watery palate. This was the most pedestrian beer that they were serving the day I was there, so that’s still quite a testament to their overall high standards and approach to quality beers (no "house light" beers).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Clear, light copper color, thin, white, bubbly head. Nose is fresh, though plain, yeasty, and faintly fruity. Crisp taste, neat, tasty, tidy bitterness, great malty feel, excellent balance. An easy quaffer, this, slightly sweet, but sure, and perfectly fills the bill for the style. I can imagine that this does the trick when a beerlover comes into the pub, needing a brew for the less adventurous companion. Decent bitter, though I’d choose one of their bigger brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2004 Despite what some think, the bitter in my name refers to my affinity for English Bitter, not my disposition. That said, I was hoping for a little more from this beer. It had the color and tender nose of a bitter, but the taste hit my taste buds like a metal rod. Bam, with little to no floral character. It did the trick on a fine summer night, but I want more from a bitter. Would like to see what they would do with it cask. Sufficient, but not special.

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