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Bitter Beer, also known as English bitter, is a blend of pale ale that originated in England. Its medium to strong bitterness, moderate hop flavour, and dry, crisp finish characterise it. Bitters are typically brewed with golden or amber malts and may be fermented using ale or lager yeast.
Bitters range from pale gold to deep amber, with a clear or slightly hazy appearance. The head is typically medium-sized and white and may have a long-lasting lace.
Bitters have a pleasant hop aroma with flowers, citrus, and pine notes. Some bitters may also have a malty aroma, with hints of caramel or biscuit.
Bitters have a medium to strong bitterness, balanced by a moderate hop flavour. The bitterness is typically derived from hops like Fuggles, Goldings, and Challenger. The hop flavour may vary depending on the bitter style, but it is usually grassy, floral, or citrusy. The malt flavour is typically light to medium and may have notes of caramel, biscuit, or bread.
Bitters are typically medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture. They may be slightly effervescent, depending on the style.
Bitters have a dry, crisp finish with a lingering bitterness.
Bitters are a versatile style of beer that everyone can enjoy on their own or with food. They are also famous for cask ales, which have been conditioned in casks rather than bottles or cans. This conditioning gives cask ales a fuller, rounder flavour profile and a slightly more pronounced bitterness.