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Bull City Dr. Bartlett’s Ordinary Bitter

Bull City Dr. Bartlett’s Ordinary Bitter
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   ABV: -
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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


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (5357) - 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

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (3875) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (265) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Had this a few times now, and really enjoyed it consistently. A darker pour, obviously in the Brit tradition. Nice full body, frothy head, and the nose is softly bready with some dry Fuggles-y hops and sweet malts. Body is medium, a bit of a grainy palate, but that suits the beer well. Taste is dry enough to balance out the sweetness from the malts, and there’s a hop undercurrent that’s consistent but not ostentatious anywhere. Very good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2487) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2011
pint at brewpub. ok aroma, litely tart. little grassy. little toffee/caramel. tad hazed brownish orange. ok head, minor lace. bitterr flavor. mildly so. medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel. bitter finish that tapers off. it’s ok. easy to drink. session beer. nothin.g bad, bad nothing outstanding. flavor best part. has a nice bite.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1463) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2011
This Britishs-styled bitter is true to form. Pours a hazy amber with a one-finger white head. Toffee is the primary in the aroma with a laid back floral hop character. Finishes balanced and slightly tart.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Ok beer. Taste a lot like an English bitter with a few more roasted flavors lingering around.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chandler0201 (638) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Amber pour with small white head and no lacing. Aroma of toasted malts and flavor was a bit muted and slightly metallic and watery in the finish. So so.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Dark amber, reddish hue, small white head. Nose is lightly roasty with some English porter type tartness, some toast, light hops. It’s pretty solid and definitely tastes similar to some of the English bitters I’ve had, but I can’t say I’m a huge fan. Will have to revisit with a bigger sample size.


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