Ordinary Bitter

Includes styles: Bitter

Recipes:
2,112
BJCP 2021:
11A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇬🇧 Great Britain
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Amber
Strength:
Low
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

Ordinary Bitter is a classic British ale that typically showcases a balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness, though it leans slightly towards the bitter end of the flavor scale. It's part of the broader category of British Bitters, which also includes Best Bitter and Strong Bitter, showcasing increasing intensities of flavor and alcohol as one moves up the scale.

The appearance of an Ordinary Bitter is generally golden to copper in color, having a clarity ranging from clear to slightly hazy. A moderate head with good retention is common due to the lower carbonation traditionally employed in these beers. The moderate strength of this style classically ranges from 3.2% to 3.8% ABV, reflecting its historical role as an everyday refreshment and session beer capable of being consumed in larger quantities without undue intoxication.

The flavor profile strikes a harmonious balance between malt and hops. Hops provide an earthy or floral character without overpowering bitterness while the malt traditionally provides a biscuit or light caramel note that lends a slight sweetness to counteract the bitterness. The fermentation process generally imparts a fruity ester aroma characteristic of many English ale yeasts, which contributes complexity without overwhelming other flavors. Ordinary Bitters often relate to other styles by showcasing malt profiles similar to those found in Pale Ales but with restraint in both alcohol content and hop intensity when compared to their American Pale Ale counterparts. The Ordinary Bitter remains distinctive for its balance, drinkability, and traditional roots within British pub culture.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
3.2 – 3.8 %

In Database
3.0 < 3.6 < 4.1 %

Bitterness

Specification
25 – 35 IBU

In Database
21 < 30 < 39 IBU

Color

Specification
16 – 28 EBC
8 – 14 SRM

In Database
12 < 18 < 28 EBC
6 < 9 < 14 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
7.5 – 9.7 °P
1.030 – 1.039 OG

In Database
7.8 < 9.4 < 11.2 °P
1.031 < 1.038 < 1.045 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
1.8 – 2.8 °P
1.007 – 1.011 FG

In Database
1.5 < 2.5 < 3.7 °P
1.006 < 1.010 < 1.014 FG

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