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Bull City Dr. Bartlettís Ordinary Bitter
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   ABV: -
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Ordinary Bitter isnít 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 ďsessionĒ beer. That means itís 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 cityís 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 ďmailís here for Durham!Ē Hops Used: Northern Brewer, Goldings


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Might be the best beer in the Triangle now. Iím not sure its an Ordinary Bitter. It just so dark....maybe a mild. Either way, if youíve been to England & miss the low ABV & big hop profile bitters, this is as good as you can find in the States. I absolutely loved this beer....iím planing to head back mid week for a growler. Bull City has a winner here. I wish other brewers would brew more bitters.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2011
I enjoyed a pint of this fresh from the brewery last night. Itís much darker than I expected, nearly black while it sits on the table, but shows a nice bright red color when held to light. Small, tight head caps the beer all the way to the bottom. Understated nose of toast and maybe a hint of leather. Flavor starts with a light cereal note, some earthy character, then a very short, clean finish capped of nicely with mild hops. I havenít had a lot of bitters to compare this to since being in England many years ago, but I loved this one. Itís excessively drinkable, on a hot day or cold. Hereís hoping sometime in the future they decide to start offering this one in true bitter fashion...from the cask.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2011 Pours very dark ruby-brown with just a ring of white head. Nose of bitter but mild Brit-style hops, dark caramel malts, and tea-like notes. Taste balances bitterness, bread (toast) flavors, and malt sweetness nicely, and the palate and ABV both seem light. A nice, light beer thatís great with food, very sessionable, but packed with flavor. I wanted more.

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 thereís a hop undercurrent thatís consistent but not ostentatious anywhere. Very good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (279) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4148) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, 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. Itís pretty solid and definitely tastes similar to some of the English bitters Iíve had, but I canít say Iím a huge fan. Will have to revisit with a bigger sample size.

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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2765) - the Containment Area, 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. itís 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 (1537) - 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.


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