The Civil Life British Best

Brewed by The Civil Life Brewing Company
St. Louis, Missouri USA
4% Bitter | 8 Ratings |
British ales are truly among the best in the world, and of those, "Best Bitters" are among the…well, best of all. This one falls in the same broad category as our English Pale Ale, but is even more authentic and earthy. Bready and biscuity. Grassy, woodsy, with hints of herbal tea. Some subtle peppery spice, orange peel and ripe stone fruit notes. Deep colour, deep flavour, deep satisfaction. Tame enough to drink a few, tasty enough you’ll want to.

ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 30
Colour: mostly clear deep amber with persistent white foam, tight little bubbles and lots of fine lace
BJCP Style: 8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter
Notable Ingredients: authentic Maris Otter and CaraStan malts, Goldings and lots of Fuggles hops, English ale yeast

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