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
oh6gdx (25472) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1794) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2013
Cask at the Windsor Castle W8. Darkish brown colour with a small head. Hoppy aroma, bitter citrus notes. Decent malty background, some hint of caramel. Hops more dominant, bitter in the finish, grapefruit and maybe some lime. Very drinkable hoppy version of a bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2876) - Lee, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44144) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2405) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2012
Cask@Euston Tap, London. Amber looks with a meek off-white head. Some citrus and grassy hop notes present in the nose. Largely unspectacular flavour with some fruity notes alongside some decent enough hop bitterness. Drinkable, but just not quite enough clout.... had hoped for a bit more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9682) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
Overall better than sum of parts. Smooth as my bottom. Silky. New Inn Harborne. Good food and beer.

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