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Type of Beer: Ale

Ordinary Bitter

English Beer

Our Thoughts on Ordinary Bitter

Commercial Examples of Ordinary Bitter

2020 Brewers Association Ordinary Bitter Characteristics

Traits Details
Color Gold to copper-colored
Clarity Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures
Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor Low to medium residual malt sweetness should be present
Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor Very low to medium-low
Perceived Bitterness Medium
Fermentation Characteristics Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. Fruity esters are acceptable. Diacetyl is usually absent in these beers but may be present at low levels.
Body Low to medium
Original Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.033-1.038 (8.3-9.5 ┬░Plato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.006-1.012 (1.5-3.1 ┬░Plato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 2.4%-3.3% (3.0%-4.2%)
Bitterness (IBU) 20-35
Color SRM (EBC) 5-12(10-24 EBC)
Additional notes When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, competition organizers may choose to create subcategories which reflect English and American hop character.
Source: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.