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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ordinary Bitter isn’t very bitter and is far from ordinary. A style not often seen in the US, the Ordinary Bitter is a British ale produced as a “session” beer. That means it’s lighter in body, lower in alcohol, thirst quenching and immensely drinkable. More of a light toffee color with light caramel and soft toasty aromas, the Dr. B.O.B. is a pleasing pint of ale for everyday drinking, especially at lunch or as a starter. Dr. Bartlett S. Durham is the origin of our city’s name. Dr. Durham purchased land between Wake and Orange counties, where he built a train station. The postman, not knowing what to call the place, would shout out “mail’s here for Durham!” Hops Used: Northern Brewer, Goldings

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OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Might be the best beer in the Triangle now. I’m not sure its an Ordinary Bitter. It just so dark....maybe a mild. Either way, if you’ve been to England & miss the low ABV & big hop profile bitters, this is as good as you can find in the States. I absolutely loved this beer....i’m planing to head back mid week for a growler. Bull City has a winner here. I wish other brewers would brew more bitters.

3.8
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2011
I enjoyed a pint of this fresh from the brewery last night. It’s much darker than I expected, nearly black while it sits on the table, but shows a nice bright red color when held to light. Small, tight head caps the beer all the way to the bottom. Understated nose of toast and maybe a hint of leather. Flavor starts with a light cereal note, some earthy character, then a very short, clean finish capped of nicely with mild hops. I haven’t had a lot of bitters to compare this to since being in England many years ago, but I loved this one. It’s excessively drinkable, on a hot day or cold. Here’s hoping sometime in the future they decide to start offering this one in true bitter fashion...from the cask.

3.7
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2011 Pours very dark ruby-brown with just a ring of white head. Nose of bitter but mild Brit-style hops, dark caramel malts, and tea-like notes. Taste balances bitterness, bread (toast) flavors, and malt sweetness nicely, and the palate and ABV both seem light. A nice, light beer that’s great with food, very sessionable, but packed with flavor. I wanted more.

3.7
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Had this a few times now, and really enjoyed it consistently. A darker pour, obviously in the Brit tradition. Nice full body, frothy head, and the nose is softly bready with some dry Fuggles-y hops and sweet malts. Body is medium, a bit of a grainy palate, but that suits the beer well. Taste is dry enough to balance out the sweetness from the malts, and there’s a hop undercurrent that’s consistent but not ostentatious anywhere. Very good stuff.

3.6
radagast83 (8443) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
From a crowler from the source. Poured a clear golden amber color with a small white head. Aroma is light toasted caramel. Flavor was light biscuit, caramel, light earthy notes.

3.5
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Served at the brewery, this one has a warm, tawny brown color with a meager but persistent soap-bubble off-white head. Although not very aromatic, what is identifiable is a pleasant light and clean combination of biscuits and citrus. The flavor features more of a nice, dull, floral bitterness on top of dry biscuity malts. The fine, soft carbonation works well with this flavor profile by lightening the texture without masking the subtle combination of characteristics.

3.5
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours soft amber with a light haze and one finger of creamy off white head. Nose of fresh baked bread with a lightly citric hop character. Bready flavor, very mild and soft. Some toasted cereal grain and an herbal hop character with just a hint of diacetyl. Light soft body with a very low bitterness.

3.5
GenDV138 (7697) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Crowler at the DC Local Gathering on 8/1/2015. Clear amber with off-white head. Aromas of biscuit, citrus. Tastes of bitter notes, caramel, light biscuit. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

3.4
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Dark amber, reddish hue, small white head. Nose is lightly roasty with some English porter type tartness, some toast, light hops. It’s pretty solid and definitely tastes similar to some of the English bitters I’ve had, but I can’t say I’m a huge fan. Will have to revisit with a bigger sample size.


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