Special Bitter or Best Bitter


Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 4.1 - 4.8%
  • IBU: 28 - 40
  • Color:   6 -   14 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.038 - 1.045
  • Final Gravity: 1.006 - 1.012

Special bitter is more robust than ordinary bitter. It has medium body and medium residual malt sweetness. It is deep gold to copper colored. Hop bitterness should be medium and absent of harshness. 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 is acceptable in aroma and flavor. Diacetyl (butterscotch character) is acceptable and characteristic when at very low levels. The absence of diacetyl is also acceptable. 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.