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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
tomer (3760) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 20, 2013
Cask @ The Bridge House, Little Venice, small stable creamy bubbly head, clear dark copper colour, nutty aroma with some dark bread and cherries,flavour of burned sugar, darkish bread and hay, medium bitterness. Drinkable but a little boring.

3
evergreen0199 (3504) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Cask at Cask Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London. An amber coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Hoppy, citrus fruit aroma. Tastes hoppy, malty, citrus fruit, bitter. The bitterness was overpowering for me, not really my thing.

3.4
planky84 (3453) - 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.

3.5
stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - AUG 27, 2012
Cask @ The Caley, Edinburgh 250812

Ruby copper, clear, rich white head, good lacing

Aroma - caramel malts, light fruity malts, soft fruity zest

Taste - Caramel malts, soft zesty hop, bit of spicy peppery hops, some soft toffee, light fruity malts

Palate - soft carb, medium body. Finish as main flavour, nice soft lingering hop bitterness

Overall - As a bitter beer it’s pretty good and quite interesting

3.3
wyzzywyz22 (2752) - 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.

3.3
EdKing (2655) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Cask in White Horse. Light clear copper colour, small white head, not much lacing. Nose is zingy citrous hop, pine, caramel. Taste is sharp pine, hop bitter, and then notes of an English bitter, so lots of caramel, ale fruitiness. Not sure the combo is working. It’s a bit watery in body to carry the new world hop bitterness.

3.1
Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Pours Orange/Amber, citrus nose with lime to the fore. Citrus again on the palate with orange being the big flavour, burnt orange marmalade to be accurate. A slight nutty aftertaste.

3.4
JorgeLee (2259) - 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.

3
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2012
[cask at Cloisters, Edinburgh] Orangey golden beer with a nice white head. Orange bitterness on the aroma. More orange on the flavour – alongside a slightly ’burned’ hop flavour. The bitter component comes across as a sharp chestnut flavour, which doesn’t sit exactly right with the bitter hop finish. Almost, but not quite [12072012]

3.6
dantheman278 (1365) - SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2012
Cask at Cloisters, EIBF 2012. Nice dark yellowy amber, thin creamy head. Nice resinous nose, not "hoppy" but juicy in a different way. Some salted caramel, apricot, some marmalade, grassy hops. Dry juicy flavours, citrus, some marmalade, soft bitter linger. Soft and easy, very nice.


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