Brewed by Hydes
Style: Bitter
Salford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask: Regular.
Name changed from Traditional Bitter to Bitter in 2004. Name changed to Original Bitter in 2006
2004: "Pale ale malt and whole Fuggles hops combined in a recipe unchanged for over 50 years."
2006: "English pale ale malt with a small amount of crystal malt for colour and flavour. Bittering and aroma hops are predominantly English Fuggles with a small amount of Challenger. Dry hopped in cask with Fuggles."

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Oakes' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - AUG 19, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Cask, Jolly Angler, Manchester

Amber; fruity-hoppy (berries, apple), bursts with flavour. Tasty pint.

TBone (17528) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2016
Cask at Beer Hunters, Pori. Clear amber color, small white head. Light nutty and sweet aroma. Light-bodied. Raisins, earthy hops. Aftertaste has some bitterness but this is quite watery.

Leighton (21235) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Cask at the Jolly Angler - MCR. Pours clear gold with a thick, creamy white head. Simple bready pale malts in the nose, very slight citrus notes, vanilla. Light-medium sweet flavour with creamy bread, subtle meringue, dough, minimal hop character. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with more simple pale malts, mashed banana, roar, faint ripe lemon, hay. A very simplistic beer, but perfectly drinkable.

Towey1989 (2817) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2016
Cask at The Red Lion, Leek (Hydes) A clear amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, some toasted malts, slight bready malts, a little red berries and subtle earthy hops. Taste of caramel, some toasted malts, slight yeast, a little bready malts and subtle floral, earthy hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, malty, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Decent aroma but a bit "dusty" late on. Below average bitter.

Holmen2 (3634) - NORWAY - MAY 6, 2015
Pint from cask at The Grey Horse in Manchester with JR and MEH. Clear golden. Persistent beige head and lacing. Moderate aroma. Fine and well-balanced taste, with pale malt and some hops. Very smoth and extremely quaffable. Just as a good bitter should be!

mr_h (5476) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Cask by hand-pump at Chestnuts Hotel, Ayr - clear golden amber, thin off-white head, resinous malty aroma, intermittent lacing, malty flavour, good carbonation, easy to drink

Vladivostok (485) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2014 Excellent subtle ordinary bitter and the complete antidote to the over-the-top, in-your-face beers which litter England’s bars. Colour is pale but not overly so. Aroma is gently hoppy with a decent flavour of freshly baked bread. Finish is gently bitter without being astringent. Really worth tracking down.

ianwelby (1385) - SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Clear golden beer with a decent foamy head. Very little aroma. Light, slight sour citrus hop aroma. Bit of hop with the fruit in the flavour. A touch of nut in an otherwise watery finish. Bland.

DandyLion (518) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
Cask @ The Old Horse, Leicester. A brown bitter. It's alright but it's not very interesting. There was a hint of banana with this which may be a bad sign? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Butterscotch-y caramel oversees minerals and leafy hops in this lackadaisical Bitter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear amber.
-The hop character is reminiscent of already-steeped tea leaves.
-The hop bitterness feels rather dusty when teamed up with (what I think is) this hard water character.
-Diacetyl levels are high, but are high enough to make the rest of the brew feel a bit limp.

On cask at The Mermaid at Burford.

ManVsBeer (10448) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2013
Golden with a small head. It has a true bitter character with a medium to high bitterness and a malty aroma.

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