Anyone Suggest Examples Of Bitter

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DC_FC | 19:58 Wed 06th Dec 2017 | Food & Drink
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As the title says, I am after examples of bitter. I have always assumed John Smiths was a bitter, had I assumed correctly or not ?

On sainsburys website it says the Green labelled can of JS is a Yorkshire Smooth ale yet the item is called Extra Smooth Bitter.

So is an ale just a type of bitter then ?

Thanks for any responses


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There are two main types of beer – ale and lager. The main difference is the type of yeast used to produce them. Ales use “top yeasts where the yeast works on the sugars on top of the brew whilst lagers use “bottom yeasts which work at the bottom. Bitter is a type of ale which is flavoured with hops to give it its bitter taste. Most...
20:19 Wed 06th Dec 2017
Watney Red Barrel?

Ahhgggg, proper rubbish that stuff was.
I remember when I first started going abroad for hols ( Spain ), that Watney's Red Barrel seemed to be the only English beer you could get.
Almost anything from Black Sheep Brewery is good as is our local brew Wold Top (on tap at village pub). Black Sheep is available in supermarkets. Wold Top is spreading.
Avatar Image Jackdaw33 I drank Bank's when I worked in Bromsgrove.

Did you try the Mild, jd ?.
T'is a good drink.
But surely when it comes to Red Barrel, men don't say, "the same again". Didn't it have a fistful of flavour ?
"Ale is just another name for beer."

That is incorrect, Gromit. As I explained earlier, all ales are beers but not all beers are ales (because some beers are lagers). Explanation on the first line of this article:

and a couple of paragraphs into this one:
Didn't it have a fistful of flavour ?

Yeah it did, O G. ( not a very good one though ).

Now a 'Double Diamond' that always worked wonders ;-)
When I was in the navy we had to dispose of over a dozen kegs of Watney’s Red Barrel. We did by ramming a screwdriver into the keg valve and sprayed the lot into the sea. A beer fight ensued, great fun. Not sure what the fish thought of it.
I liked Ansell's mild. The reason was that the landlord, because it was a draught beer, used to pour all the dregs, be it bitter, lager or cider, back into the barrel.
When I think about it there were some really crap beers around in the late 60s/early 70s. Whitbread Trophy, anyone? Just about all you could get in the NAAFI.
Ansells, probably the least popular of the big three in my neck of the woods, jd.

The big three were
I remember M and B. Still preferred Banks' or Ansells though.
Did you ever try M & B's Highgate Mild, jd. Was very popular where I live.
// all ales are beers but not all beers are ales (because some beers are lagers). //

I’ll stick to Stout and Porters then.
Afraid not. There were two pubs right next to where I worked. They were semi-detached, one Ansell's and one M and B, but the Ansell's one was the closest!
Ah well I get the picture ( the closer the better ), you missed out on a decent pint though jd.
I sort of understood all this, but then I went to live in Scotland for a while.

Instead of asking for a pint of bitter, I had to ask for 70 shilling (although some call if heavy)
You can't beat a pint of Adnams in Southwold i.e. where it's brewed. It never tastes quite the same away from home!
this thread has given me a raging thirst ...
Harvey's best ale. Brewed locally, love it.
Due to the success of CAMRA, proper beer is now widely micro breweries are opening every week.

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