- Alcohol by Volume: 3 - 4.1%
- IBU: 20 - 35
- Color: 5 - 12 SRM
- Original Gravity: 1.033 - 1.038
- Final Gravity: 1.006 - 1.012
Ordinary bitter is gold to copper colored with medium bitterness, light to medium body, and low to medium residual malt sweetness. Hop flavor and aroma character may be evident at the brewer’s discretion. Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. Fruity-ester character and very low diacetyl (butterscotch) character are acceptable in aroma and flavor, but should be minimized in this form of bitter. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures. (English and American hop character may be specified in subcategories.)
The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.