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 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, Iím going to compare Barley Johnsí 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, itís not an imperial stout or a bourbon-aged something or the other, but this is simply a stunning beer. Iím going to drink a lot of it.

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Pours a clear copper color, with a good two inches of light tan head. Moderate lacing. Mild malty aroma. I taste a subtle yet complex malt structure. Caramel, toasted grain, and mild honey. The hops are is a lightly spicy, lightly citrus, and very pleasantly bitter. Some more spice and grain in the finish. Light bodied, smooth, and so drinkable. Very thirst-quenching.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3059) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreamflower (639) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
Sample at Barley Johns Brew Pub. Creamy and not very bitter. Chestnut colour. Smooth and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2762) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Tap @ the brewpub. Comes to the table with a clear dark golden color. The clarity allows one to see the carbonation bubbles just flying through the beer. On top of that is a thick, glorious, foamy, non-fading head. It looks pillow-y and as you drink the beer it leaves a sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Really the head makes this look amazing. The beer is brightly hopped, not sure how to describe it, not American but strong. The aroma also has a light malt creaminess to it. Taste is similarly a hopped up flavor and it is all easy drinking, just quaff it down like nothing. Should really be a Pale Ale and not a Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Tap at Barley Johns. The beer pours to a hazy effervescent straw colored body with a creamy off white head and spotty lacing. The aroma is similar to an English bitter but much lighter and brighter. Clean light bitter hop and malt. So light it is like a simple barley wash. Very good with crisp and clean flavors. Smooth with no flaws. A true session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1208) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Amber colored pour. Very true to style as an english bitter beer. Easy drinking. A good session beer at only 3.5% ABV. Would have scored higher but I had trouble getting a good aroma out of this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElGaucho (2285) - 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.

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