After a summer break doing other stuff we’re back in the brick shed to concoct yet another bizzare brew, this time our first take on that old chestnut called Bitter! Rest assured, however, that no crystal malt will be used in the brewing of this beer, the superb Weyermann Cara range will be providing colour and body, although (probably) only English hops will be used, but two of the best available in the form of fruity, bitter Admiral and citrussy, almost-American-but-not-quite First Gold.
We’re aiming for an amber/brown beer with a hefty bitterness (well, it is called bitter!!) and plenty of English hop character layered over that - but absolutely, definitely, certainly no Fuggles or Goldings, you can be bloody sure of that!
This should be an interesting hybrid brew and we’re looking forwards to see how it comes out and what people think of it, after all we’re not exactly famous for our bitters so maybe we’re setting ourselves up for a fall here? Maybe... but you’ve got to speculate to accumulate as some Capitalist bastard once said.
The name is from the rare B-Sides album by seminal 80’s post-Punk feedback fetishists Jesus and Mary Chain. But you knew that.
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity, Nottingham BF 2012, 12/10/12. Murky, headless copper. Aroma soap, blackcurrant and flowers. Deep blackcurrant and digestive juiciness finished with soapy, floral, orange and blackcurrant boiled sweet notes. Twig-free bitter, with a slightly Danish accent.
jackl (7016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ The Snooty Fox. The pour’s deep amber with a tiny, frothy white head. The aroma’s of mild caramel donut, plenty of bitter green shoots of grass. Agressive hoppiness. The taste is jammy red fruits, bramble. This gives over to a big sting of bitter hops, hints of toasted tobacco. Strawberry. Smooth and quite drinkable. Overall, this is exactly what you’d expect a Steel City ’bitter’ to taste like. Nice work from the lads from ’oop north.
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