Binghams: Brickworks Bitter (England: Bitter: 4.2% ABV)

Visual:  Slightly amber brown and quite hazy.  Nicely frothy coffee froth coloured head that leaves a chunk of suds.

Nose: Chestnuts. Milky coffee. Slightly bitter, Slight chocolate dust.

Body: Bitter. Dry rough hops. That slightly soured freshness. Earthy. Turmeric. Slight apricot skins. Nutty – walnuts. Malt.

Finish: Dry earthy bitter hops. Soil. Peanuts. Malt drinks. Bitter chocolate.

Conclusion: Like brown ales, bitters are an oft criticised style. Usually intended for a session, there can be a tendency for a base similarity in flavour, combined with just a hint of sourness to keep them fresh. Thus badly made they can be amazingly dull.

This beer certainly ticks the boxes for expectations of the style. Earthy in bitterness, very English hop styled. A definite refreshing sourness. Then again it’s understated aroma, while mild does call to a roasted and coffee style that if ratcheted up in intensity would not seem out of place on a stout.

Its choice of element to emphasize and declare it’s distinctness is its nuttiness. Amongst the evident earthy hops there is a very dry nutty style. This distinct dryness does encourage further drinking in a session way.

It isn’t a shiny different beer, and doesn’t break the mould or event experiment that much. It does however remain vehemently solid and does what a bitter is expected to do and does it very well.

So a good beer for gathering with friends. A beer not for contemplation but instead for congregation and enjoying socially.

Background: A kind gift from Jon at work. Many thanks. He had been on a brewery tour and brought this back for me to try. The gift came with one catch. I had to review it.  He also said I had to be honest and not go easy on it because it was a gift. He obviously didn’t read my Tendring review if he thought that needed stating.  Thanks again. Drunk while listening to Overkill: Relixiv which I must admit didn’t really match the style of the beer.