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


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2543) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 27, 2012
Cask @ The Caley, Edinburgh 250812
Ruby copper, clear, rich white head, good lacing
Aroma - caramel malts, light fruity malts, soft fruity zest
Taste - Caramel malts, soft zesty hop, bit of spicy peppery hops, some soft toffee, light fruity malts
Palate - soft carb, medium body. Finish as main flavour, nice soft lingering hop bitterness
Overall - As a bitter beer it’s pretty good and quite interesting

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2012
[cask at Cloisters, Edinburgh] Orangey golden beer with a nice white head. Orange bitterness on the aroma. More orange on the flavour – alongside a slightly ’burned’ hop flavour. The bitter component comes across as a sharp chestnut flavour, which doesn’t sit exactly right with the bitter hop finish. Almost, but not quite [12072012]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8551) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
Cask, gravity at the Real Ale Bar, WOMAD Festival, Wiltshire, Saturday 28th July 2012 Pours reddy/amber in colour with a filmy white head. Dry and bitter, its a furry bitterness, malty with a hard tangy fruity unripe plum skin fruitiness. Good. A6 A3 T7 P3 Ov13 3.2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2012
Cask at Cloisters, EIBF 2012. Nice dark yellowy amber, thin creamy head. Nice resinous nose, not "hoppy" but juicy in a different way. Some salted caramel, apricot, some marmalade, grassy hops. Dry juicy flavours, citrus, some marmalade, soft bitter linger. Soft and easy, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4204) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 25, 2012
Cask at the Colston Yard, Bristol A surprisingly balanced and not too heavily bitter pale amber. Some pine resin and citrus pith on the nose. Gentle carbonation, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23143) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2012
Cask@Reading Beer Festival 2012. Amber colour, small off-white bubbly head. Aroma is fruity, floral, grassy with some mild yeasty and herbal notes. Flavour is fruits, wood, some quite bitter notes as well as earth. Also mild yeastyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (5916) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Cask @ The White Horse. Deep red amber color with a small white head. The nose is light orchard fruits - peaches, cherries, nectarines, cut grass. The taste is tobacco leaf bitter, more peachy orchard fruits. Chalky bitterness. The body is light and smooth. Overall, while crisp, I really didn’t find this all that flavorful. Bristol are better than this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Cask in White Horse. Light clear copper colour, small white head, not much lacing. Nose is zingy citrous hop, pine, caramel. Taste is sharp pine, hop bitter, and then notes of an English bitter, so lots of caramel, ale fruitiness. Not sure the combo is working. It’s a bit watery in body to carry the new world hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (3332) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Cask at Pig’s Ears Richmond, poured a dark copper with a lacy white head, piney hops and some lemon rind on the nose, the palate is hoppy, bitter and a little acrid, but not overly so. There’s a touch of pineappley hop in the mouth plus a long astringent bitter finish. Nice, but a bit lacking in depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18998) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
11th April 2012
On tap at the Euston Tap. Light haze on this gold amber beer. Short white head. Light dry palate. Mild fine carbonation. Tangy tea malt, bitter. Citrus orange comes through. Juicy and medium bitter. Dry finish.

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