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Bristol Beer Factory Bitter Californian

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Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: Bitter
Bristol, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Special.
The Bitter Californian is a hybrid between a traditional English Best Bitter and the wonderfully aromatic Californian Pale Ales. Our brewers, Chris (the bitter one?) and Brett (the Californian one) have combined their love of English malts and American hops to create a delicious new beer. Chris has devised the malt recipe from some of the finest English malts that have provided the base to the classic best bitter for years. Brett has used his love for new and interesting hop varieties to pick 3 hops that will give delicious flavours and aromas.
The hops are Newport (Kaffir lime leaves & citrus rind aromas), Chinnook (lime zest and lemon balm) and Nugget (sherbet lemons), these will both bitter the beer and provide flavour and aroma. We will also be dry-hopping this beer to give extra hop character.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Pours Orange/Amber, citrus nose with lime to the fore. Citrus again on the palate with orange being the big flavour, burnt orange marmalade to be accurate. A slight nutty aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (2892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2013
Cask at the York Tap. Pours a lovely amber, with a good white head that lasts, good lacing. Touch of spritz. Good lemon and lime aromas, alongside solid caramel malts. Taste is just a touch too bitter for me, for the style, would suit an IPA better. Not well-balanced. nice enough though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14062) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2013
cask at reading ... copper ... small tanhead...soft toffee roast ... sweetmalts ... oily bitter hop... soft tofferoast ...nice easy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 16, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ The 18th Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2012, Reading, Berkshire England.

Clear medium orange amber colour with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, amp stain - fusty, light to moderate hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, tea, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120502]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6284) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
Cask at Holburn Whippet. It pours clear amber with a thick yellow-white. The nose is earthy, spice, leather, apricot, white wine aspect and a touch of tangy citrus. The taste is earth, leaf, spice, varnish, pithy citrus, orange, tangy fruit, resinous hops, lewith a dry, bitter. Medium body and soft carbonation. Pretty tasty, well crafted beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2357) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2013
On tap @ The Haymarket Bar. Pours amber with a decent head. The nose has some grapey notes against a malt background. The taste is more intermelded grapes and malt with maybe an appley bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied and with a creamy tangy texture and some refreshment but couldn’t drink too many. Overall solid,

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
unstablefable (225) - SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2013
Pours a fair golden amber with a dense white head, aroma is a bit salty resiony taste is medicinal, with roasted malts.....strange

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomer (1645) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 20, 2013
Cask @ The Bridge House, Little Venice, small stable creamy bubbly head, clear dark copper colour, nutty aroma with some dark bread and cherries,flavour of burned sugar, darkish bread and hay, medium bitterness. Drinkable but a little boring.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aniela (2305) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2013
Cask at The White Lion, Covent Garden, London dec 2012. Dark amber beer with a big offwhite lacy head. Hoppy and fruity aroma. Hopy flavour with a not nice flavour of carbonage (?) (= kartong).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (1930) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
Cask at the Railway pub, Blackheath. Reddish/amber pour with a light beige head. Citrus and light malt aroma. Quite a bitter mouthfeel. Good hop character. Citrus and caramel tang. Nice bitter finish.


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