Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: Bitter
Bristol, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Special.
The Bitter Californian is a hybrid between a traditional English Best Bitter and the wonderfully aromatic Californian Pale Ales. Our brewers, Chris (the bitter one?) and Brett (the Californian one) have combined their love of English malts and American hops to create a delicious new beer. Chris has devised the malt recipe from some of the finest English malts that have provided the base to the classic best bitter for years. Brett has used his love for new and interesting hop varieties to pick 3 hops that will give delicious flavours and aromas.
The hops are Newport (Kaffir lime leaves & citrus rind aromas), Chinnook (lime zest and lemon balm) and Nugget (sherbet lemons), these will both bitter the beer and provide flavour and aroma. We will also be dry-hopping this beer to give extra hop character.

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planky84 (3376) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
Cask at the Railway pub, Blackheath. Reddish/amber pour with a light beige head. Citrus and light malt aroma. Quite a bitter mouthfeel. Good hop character. Citrus and caramel tang. Nice bitter finish.

MustangMarkF (253) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Draft from The Lescar, Sheffield. On draft it pours with a light tan thick head over a deep ruby brown body. Aroma wise its malty, fruity with a hint or caramel and chocolate. It tastes a lot lighter than it looks with toffe passing to malts and then cirtus with a slightly bittre finish. I was pleasenty surprised to find this in Sheffield. Bristol Beer factory tend to produce good qualiyt beers and this did not disappoint.

mr_h (5840) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Cask by handpump at Drum & Monkey, Glasgow - clear dark red brown, creamy beige head, fruity citrus aroma, excellent lacing, resin, citrus, fruity, bitter citrus aftertaste, oily texture

imdownthepub (15130) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Cask conditioned at The White Horse, Leamington Spa, Warks. Copper with off white head. There is a really pleasing depth to this bitter, rich, dark malts, a hint of chocolate, some roastiness then a lingering dry bitterness, pretty hoppy, leafy and lingering. A very decent beer, served really well.

JorgeLee (2193) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2013
Cask at the Windsor Castle W8. Darkish brown colour with a small head. Hoppy aroma, bitter citrus notes. Decent malty background, some hint of caramel. Hops more dominant, bitter in the finish, grapefruit and maybe some lime. Very drinkable hoppy version of a bitter.

Decaf (21) - - DEC 30, 2012
Cask. Pours a dark brown, aroma is floral mixed with caramel. Taste is initially slightly sweet and malty, then gives way to a tasty bitterness. Medium body with an oily texture. Overall a nice balance between caramel malt and tasty American hops.

The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
Overall better than sum of parts. Smooth as my bottom. Silky. New Inn Harborne. Good food and beer.

rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2012
Cask at The White Lion, Covent Garden, London. Clear deep amber beer with a somewhat bubbly offwhite head. Malty fruity aroma, toffee notes, citrus, peach, bready notes, a bit floral. Fruity citrus flavor, dishwater notes, toffee, some hoppy bitterness, perfume, some hay, a bit sourish.

Theydon_Bois (20450) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Cask at Euston Tap - 12/12/12. Clear dark amber approaching brown with a thin bubbly off white head that retains well. Nose is malt forward, biscuit, light metallic notes. Taste comprises bitter hops, touch of fruit, biscuit, toffee, a little nuttiness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2012
[email protected] Tap, London. Amber looks with a meek off-white head. Some citrus and grassy hop notes present in the nose. Largely unspectacular flavour with some fruity notes alongside some decent enough hop bitterness. Drinkable, but just not quite enough clout.... had hoped for a bit more.

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