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BJCP 2008 Guideline

English Pale Ale - Standard/Ordinary Bitter

BJCP 8A

BJCP 2008 8A Standard/Ordinary Bitter style example
8A - English Pale Ale / Standard/Ordinary Bitter

 

IMPRESSION

Low gravity, low alcohol levels and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.

COMMENTS

The lightest of the bitters. Also known as just "bitter." Some modern variants are brewed exclusively with pale malt and are known as golden or summer bitters. Most bottled or kegged versions of UK-produced bitters are higher-alcohol versions of their cask (draught) products produced specifically for export. The IBU levels are often not adjusted, so the versions available in the US often do not directly correspond to their style subcategories in Britain. This style guideline reflects the "real ale" version of the style, not the export formulations of commercial products.

EXAMPLES

Fuller's Chiswick Bitter, Adnams Bitter, Young's Bitter, Greene King IPA, Oakham Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (JHB), Brains Bitter, Tetley�s Original Bitter, Brakspear Bitter, Boddington's Pub Draught

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

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VITAL

OG: 1.032-1.040
FG: 1.007-1.011
IBU: 25-35
SRM: 4.0-14.0
ABV: 3.2-3.8%

BJCP 2008 8A Standard/Ordinary Bitter style example
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