For those of you not familiar with the style, the name can be slightly misleading. A best bitter is essentially just an English Pale Ale…well-balanced, with some caramel malt and traditional English hops, it’s not as hoppy/bitter as the American counterpart and no where near as hoppy/bitter as an IPA. Most of the hop profile is in the initial bittering hop (in this case, East Kent Goldings) and some in the flavor hop addition (in this case, UK Fuggles). But it’s not the bitterness that defines the style, it’s the interplay between the caramel malt flavors and the delicate, floral, earthy character from the traditional English hops. It is very close to being a session beer with low to moderate alcohol. Brewed at the request of a longtime pub club member, Tim Egan, who has a taste for English style beers.