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

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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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3.5
allmyvinyl (11526) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2013
Cask at the York Tap. Pours a lovely amber, with a good white head that lasts, good lacing. Touch of spritz. Good lemon and lime aromas, alongside solid caramel malts. Taste is just a touch too bitter for me, for the style, would suit an IPA better. Not well-balanced. nice enough though.

3.2
Fin (11344) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
Cask, gravity at the Real Ale Bar, WOMAD Festival, Wiltshire, Saturday 28th July 2012 Pours reddy/amber in colour with a filmy white head. Dry and bitter, its a furry bitterness, malty with a hard tangy fruity unripe plum skin fruitiness. Good. A6 A3 T7 P3 Ov13 3.2

3.6
downender (9169) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2012
Cask-conditioned at the Eldon House, Bristol 25/02/2012. Deep copper in colour withy a decent, off-white head. Aroma of citrus fruit, cereal malts and leafy hops. Flavour had robust malts, a hint of sweetness, lime fruit and a dry finish with a hint of pine. Very enjoyable.

3
jackl (8633) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Cask @ The White Horse. Deep red amber color with a small white head. The nose is light orchard fruits - peaches, cherries, nectarines, cut grass. The taste is tobacco leaf bitter, more peachy orchard fruits. Chalky bitterness. The body is light and smooth. Overall, while crisp, I really didn’t find this all that flavorful. Bristol are better than this!

3
AshtonMcCobb (7170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2013
On tap @ The Haymarket Bar. Pours amber with a decent head. The nose has some grapey notes against a malt background. The taste is more intermelded grapes and malt with maybe an appley bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied and with a creamy tangy texture and some refreshment but couldn’t drink too many. Overall solid,

3.1
mr_h (6301) - 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

3.6
Beersiveknown (5327) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 25, 2012
Cask at the Colston Yard, Bristol A surprisingly balanced and not too heavily bitter pale amber. Some pine resin and citrus pith on the nose. Gentle carbonation, very drinkable.

3.1
BeerViking (5303) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Cask at Pig’s Ears Richmond, poured a dark copper with a lacy white head, piney hops and some lemon rind on the nose, the palate is hoppy, bitter and a little acrid, but not overly so. There’s a touch of pineappley hop in the mouth plus a long astringent bitter finish. Nice, but a bit lacking in depth.

2.8
Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2013
Cask at The White Lion, Covent Garden, London dec 2012. Dark amber beer with a big offwhite lacy head. Hoppy and fruity aroma. Hopy flavour with a not nice flavour of carbonage (?) (= kartong).


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