Here we are! The first tasting of the Best Bitter that I brewed last month. Coming in at an ABV of 4.3%, this is my take on the classic English session beer and I think this might be my favourite of all the beers I’ve made so far. Want to have a go yourself? My full recipe can be found here.
The first thing I noticed when pouring this one is how clear this beer is. The photo above really doesn’t do it justice. That and with the beautiful copper colour and a nice rocky head, I have to say that this is at least a very good-looking beer.
There is a nice, sweet, slightly floral aroma with definitely some underlying herb-y-ness and I think even a hint of nettle. In the mouth it has a nice medium to medium-light body with not too much carbonation. The flavour is slightly nutty with a hint of black pepper and a decent hit of elderflower. That’s followed by the expected slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste that lends the style its name.
Now the most important aspect of a bitter is of course its drinkability. Bitter is a session beer and personally, I could drink this beer all night so it definitely gets top marks from me for that. All in all, I am very proud to have made this beer and when it comes to brewing “to style”, this is definitely the best I’ve done so far. I’m definitely looking forward to having another crack at this in the future.
Got any thoughts, comments, questions, or suggestions? Let me know in the comments below.