Bitter / Traditional Ales
Bitter is a type of traditional English ale that is characterised by its balanced flavour and moderate bitterness. It is a popular style of ale in the United Kingdom, and it is often served on cask in pubs. Bitter is typically amber to copper in colour and has a medium body, with a balance of malt and hop flavours and aromas. The bitterness in bitter ales comes from the use of traditionally English hops, which are added to the brewing process to give the beer a spicy, floral, or citrusy flavour and aroma. Related to bitters are beers like Milds which tone down the hops for a more moreish, sweet character, and brown ales dial up the use of darker malts for a more complex taste.