Ordinary Bitter Style
- 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
- 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.
Ordinary Bitter Vital Statistics
- 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)
2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.
Credit: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines – Ale Styles – British Origin Ale Styles – Ordinary Bitter