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Anyone Suggest Examples Of Bitter
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
Bitter is a type of ale which is flavoured with hops to give it its bitter taste. Most “real ales” are bitters. Real Ales are conditioned in the cask, with the yeast continuing to work whilst the beer is being dispensed. It is thus a “live” ale and is pressurised in the cask by the continual production of CO2 from the live yeast. It requires no additional gas to move it to the dispensers (“pumps”) in the bar. The “smooth ale” which you describe is not a “real ale”. It is a pasteurised beer where the yeast has been killed off at the end of the production process. It requires additional CO2 to be pumped into the keg to move the beer to the bar. Many of these ales are sold in cans.
So…all bitters are ales and all ales are beers. But not all beers are ales (because some are lagers).
Real Hand pumped Keg Mild is hard to find now but it used to be more popular than Bitter.
John Smith's beer isn't 'ale', 'bitter' or anything else. It's just tasteless, chemical muck.
If you really want to learn about different British beers try . . .
Young's Double Chocolate Stout. (It's sold by Tesco throughout the year and by Morrison's around Christmas)
Shepherd Neame's Porter (which is sold by Sainsbury's as their own-brand London Porter and by Asda as their Extra Special Whitechapel Porter).
Asda's Extra Special Golden Ale (also from Shepherd Neame).
Asda's Extra Special Mainbrace India Pale Ale (Shepherd Neame again)
Brakspear Bitter (sold in Waitrose)
Thwaite's Dark Mild Ale. (Unusually good for canned beer, from Morrison's, Tesco and Sainsbury's)
Those beers are definitely NOT the very best British beers available. (There are many better ones available on draught in pubs). However they're all 'highly quaffable' and easily obtained sin supermarkets. Give them all a try to find out what style suits you best!
So bitters and milds are also real ales.
One of the country’s best beers, Timothy Taylor’s Landlord is actually described as a pale ale, not a bitter.
I am currently enjoying Treed Brewery’s Hopster. Lovely floral taste.
‘Smooth’ is a product description meaning the beer has added nitogen gas to make it frothy.
Cask Ales are naturally lively and have a good creamy head. Keg Ales (such as John Smiths) are pasturised and flat, so gas is added to infuse it with bubbles and give the appearance of being ‘live’.
I think you may be talking about supermarket bottled beers. Yoy should look for ones that are described as ‘cask conditioned’ or Craft beers.