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Bull City Dr. Bartlett’s Ordinary Bitter

Bull City Dr. Bartlett’s Ordinary Bitter
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   ABV: -
Ordinary Bitter isn’t very bitter and is far from ordinary. A style not often seen in the US, the Ordinary Bitter is a British ale produced as a “session” beer. That means it’s lighter in body, lower in alcohol, thirst quenching and immensely drinkable. More of a light toffee color with light caramel and soft toasty aromas, the Dr. B.O.B. is a pleasing pint of ale for everyday drinking, especially at lunch or as a starter. Dr. Bartlett S. Durham is the origin of our city’s name. Dr. Durham purchased land between Wake and Orange counties, where he built a train station. The postman, not knowing what to call the place, would shout out “mail’s here for Durham!” Hops Used: Northern Brewer, Goldings

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5990) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Crowler at the DC Local Gathering on 8/1/2015. Clear amber with off-white head. Aromas of biscuit, citrus. Tastes of bitter notes, caramel, light biscuit. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (7495) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2015
32oz crowler pours a murky orange with some thick, white head. Nose has cracker, orange, fall fruits, lemon. Flavor has chewy grains, orange, yeast, a little tea. Finishes slightly tannic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
From a crowler from the source. Poured a clear golden amber color with a small white head. Aroma is light toasted caramel. Flavor was light biscuit, caramel, light earthy notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6205) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
From a quart can shared at the RB DC tasting Aug 1, 2015. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Nutty nose. Flavors of toast. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (7637) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2015
OK for style. Light barley and some hint of hops. Light bitter finish amber pour. Massive can thanks to Travlr.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21449) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Crowler from the source. Crystal clear golden amber color. Aroma of lightly toasted biscuit. Taste is caramel on toast. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
draft at Bull City, easy drinking sessionable bitter, bready, touch of nuttiness, caramel maltiness, mild bitterness, fits the style

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2013
This draft brew from the brewery poured a head of frothy fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent orange brown colored body. The aroma was malt hop. The crisp and clean mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish hoppy aftertaste. The nice mildy butter flavor contained notes of hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours soft amber with a light haze and one finger of creamy off white head. Nose of fresh baked bread with a lightly citric hop character. Bready flavor, very mild and soft. Some toasted cereal grain and an herbal hop character with just a hint of diacetyl. Light soft body with a very low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Served at the brewery, this one has a warm, tawny brown color with a meager but persistent soap-bubble off-white head. Although not very aromatic, what is identifiable is a pleasant light and clean combination of biscuits and citrus. The flavor features more of a nice, dull, floral bitterness on top of dry biscuity malts. The fine, soft carbonation works well with this flavor profile by lightening the texture without masking the subtle combination of characteristics.

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