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


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43243) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24904) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (21549) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (20699) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2013
cask at reading ... copper ... small tanhead...soft toffee roast ... sweetmalts ... oily bitter hop... soft tofferoast ...nice easy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (18032) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2012
Cask at the Euston Tap, London. Pours clear, vibrant gold with a medium, frothy white foam head. Toasty dough in the nose with subtle orange. Light to medium sweet, quite doughy with hints of butter, pine, grass, faint citrus. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Light sweet finish, some faintly tangy citrus, light toast, light toasted grass. It’s OK. The diacetyl character fades as I drink. But still, the overall character is actually a bit wimpy and the beer is kind of a let-down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (17300) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2012
Cask at The White Lion, Covent Garden, London. Clear deep amber beer with a somewhat bubbly offwhite head. Malty fruity aroma, toffee notes, citrus, peach, bready notes, a bit floral. Fruity citrus flavor, dishwater notes, toffee, some hoppy bitterness, perfume, some hay, a bit sourish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Cask at Euston Tap - 12/12/12. Clear dark amber approaching brown with a thin bubbly off white head that retains well. Nose is malt forward, biscuit, light metallic notes. Taste comprises bitter hops, touch of fruit, biscuit, toffee, a little nuttiness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (12910) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Cask conditioned at The White Horse, Leamington Spa, Warks. Copper with off white head. There is a really pleasing depth to this bitter, rich, dark malts, a hint of chocolate, some roastiness then a lingering dry bitterness, pretty hoppy, leafy and lingering. A very decent beer, served really well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11954) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Cask at the Vintage. Pours amber, nose is citus, caramel, light honey taste.

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