What exactly is a bitter beer?!

Question: What exactly is a bitter beer!?
Would Newcastle Brown Ale be considered a bitter ale!?
Is Guinness Extra Stout considered Bitter!?Www@FoodAQ@Com

To give formal style explanation I use BJCP site!.

Bitter is the English Pale Ale style!. Click the link and choose one of these styles below for a complete discription to what a Bitter/English Pale Ale is!.


8!. ENGLISH PALE ALE!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.
8A!. Standard/Ordinary Bitter!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.
8B!. Special/Best/Premium Bitter!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.
8C!. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.10Www@FoodAQ@Com

Bitter is more of a taste, not a style!. You are best to determine the bitterness of a beer on your own and not have anyone else validate or determine your palate!.

There are beers out there that have bitter in their name (ESB stands for extra special bitter) but that isn't really a style of beer but more of a marketing term!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

A bitter beer is one whose main characteristic is hops!. A hoppy beer is bitter whereas a malty beer is sweet!. ESB and pale ale (especially india pale ale) are 2 examples of bitter beer styles!.

And no, ESB is NOT a marketing term, but an actual style of ale that usually uses a good dose of english hops during the "bittering" phase of the wort boil!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Bitter means pale ale!. Neither Newcastle or Guinness are bitters, Guinness, while actually bitter in taste, is a stout and Newcastle is a brown ale!. Bass is a pale ale!.

Yes, bitters are bitter, but not as bitter as Guinness!. They're delicious!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

A beer that makes you pucker when you drink it!. You'll know it when you taste it!. Example for me: Naddy Light!.Www@FoodAQ@Com


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