8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter (BJCP 2008)


Description

Low gravity, low alcohol levels and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales. Originally a draught ale served very fresh under no pressure (gravity or hand pump only) at cellar temperatures (i.e., "real ale"). Bitter was created as a draught alternative (i.e., running beer) to country-brewed pale ale around the start of the 20th century and became widespread once brewers understood how to "Burtonize" their water to successfully brew pale beers and to use crystal malts to add a fullness and roundness of palate. The lightest of the bitters. Also known as just "bitter." Some modern variants are brewed exclusively with pale malt and are known as golden or summer bitters. Most bottled or kegged versions of UK-produced bitters are higher-alcohol versions of their cask (draught) products produced specifically for export. The IBU levels are often not adjusted, so the versions available in the US often do not directly correspond to their style subcategories in Britain. This style guideline reflects the "real ale" version of the style, not the export formulations of commercial products.


Profile

Aroma: The best examples have some malt aroma, often (but not always) with a caramel quality. Mild to moderate fruitiness is common. Hop aroma can range from moderate to none (UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used). Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed.
Appearance: Light yellow to light copper. Good to brilliant clarity. Low to moderate white to off-white head. May have very little head due to low carbonation.
Flavor: Medium to high bitterness. Most have moderately low to moderately high fruity esters. Moderate to low hop flavor (earthy, resiny, and/or floral UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used). Low to medium maltiness with a dry finish. Caramel flavors are common but not required. Balance is often decidedly bitter, although the bitterness should not completely overpower the malt flavor, esters and hop flavor. Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium-light body. Carbonation low, although bottled and canned examples can have moderate carbonation.


Ingredients

Pale ale, amber, and/or crystal malts, may use a touch of black malt for color adjustment. May use sugar adjuncts, corn or wheat. English hops most typical, although American and European varieties are becoming more common (particularly in the paler examples). Characterful English yeast. Often medium sulfate water is used.


Examples

Fuller's Chiswick Bitter, Adnams Bitter, Young's Bitter, Greene King IPA, Oakham Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (JHB), Brains Bitter, Tetley's Original Bitter, Brakspear Bitter, Boddington's Pub Draught


Ranges

Data Min. Max.
Original gravity 1.032 1.040
Final gravity 1.007 1.011
Bitterness 25.0 IBU 35.0 IBU
Color 7.9 EBC 27.6 EBC
Alcohol 3.20 ° 3.80 °


Recipes on Zython (17)

Bohemian Rhaptouski
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
5.7% 31 IBU 25.0 l de_la_broue_dans_le_toupet
26/07/2020
Resineuse 2.0
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
4.2% 18 IBU 20.0 l Tintin
29/06/2020
(Con)Finement houblonnée
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
3.6% 0 IBU 24.0 l martyn
18/03/2020
Certifié
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
5.7% 0 IBU 1000.0 l Jef
20/01/2020
Wild BAF
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
5.3% 43 IBU 90.0 l lap
05/10/2018
SMASH du Moulin
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
5.1% 7 IBU 20.0 l rieppe
23/09/2018
English Pale ALe - Francis Cabr'Ale
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
4.7% 0 IBU 60.0 l Brasserie_Proudhon
20/05/2018
david
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
6.8% 49 IBU 90.0 l Bierhexen
24/02/2018
Proudhon English Pale Ale - Karnav'Ale
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
5.5% 48 IBU 25.0 l Brasserie_Proudhon
18/02/2018
IPA english Ale
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
4.9% 37 IBU 27.0 l Pierrotte
14/02/2018
Clamyd'ale cascade
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
5.1% 34 IBU 36.0 l essom
14/10/2017
Pale Ale
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
4.2% 28 IBU 100.0 l Thomasito
28/08/2017
Pervers Pepper
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
5.1% 22 IBU 80.0 l Aristide
24/12/2016
Something something amber
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
3.4% 36 IBU 80.0 l enso
22/11/2016
Terra
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
4.0% 0 IBU 5.0 l Ololduck
28/09/2015
Le bière
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
4.4% 33 IBU 50.0 l martyn
27/06/2014
Melody Nelson
All grain- 8.A - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
4.8% 32 IBU 50.0 l martyn
12/04/2014


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