Special/Best/Premium Bitter

More evident malt flavor than in an ordinary bitter, this is a stronger, session-strength ale. Some modern variants are brewed exclusively with pale malt and are known as golden or summer bitters. Most bottled or kegged versions of UK-produced bitters are higher-alcohol versions of their cask (draught) products produced specifically for export.

Aroma: The best examples have some malt aroma, often (but not always) with a caramel quality. Mild to moderate fruitiness.
Hop aroma can range from moderate to none (UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used).
Appearance: Medium gold to medium copper. Good to brilliant clarity. Low to moderate white to off-white head. May
have very little head due to low carbonation.
Flavor: Medium to high bitterness. Most have moderately low to moderately high fruity esters. Moderate to low hop flavor
(earthy, resiny, and/or floral UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used). Low to medium maltiness with a
dry finish. Caramel flavors are common but not required. Balance is often decidedly bitter, although the bitterness should
not completely overpower the malt flavor, esters and hop flavor.

Commercial Examples:

Fuller’s London Pride, Coniston Bluebird Bitter, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Adnams SSB, Young’s Special, Shepherd Neame Masterbrew Bitter, Greene King Ruddles County Bitter, RCH Pitchfork Rebellious Bitter, Brains SA, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Goose Island Honkers Ale, Rogue Younger’s Special Bitter

What The Beersluts have to say:

Sorry buddies, we haven’t done a proper taste test on these beers yet!!

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