Take the Bitter With the Sweet
A Review of Triangle Best Bitter by Triangle Brewing Co.
Posted on 5/15/2013 by Chops
                   
Great
English Bitters are perhaps one of the most misunderstood beers on the market. Designations like ''Extra Special Bitter'' and ''Extra Strong Bitter'' have given these beers a bad reputation. English Pale Ales as a style are actually very mild by today's standards. Some defining characteristics include high levels of drinkability and a malty sweetness with low-to-moderate bitterness. See the conundrum here? The style name would have you think that these beers are hop bombs, but they are actually the opposite. They are meant to be easy drinking and refreshing brews. It's confusing, I know. We've all been there. Luckily there are beers like the Triangle Best Bitter to straighten out our taste buds.

As an interesting side note, I first tried this brew at the Triangle Brewing Company's 2013 Imperial Amber release party. After several strong hopped-up imperial amber ales, I decided to mellow out my experience with an Extra Strong Bitter. I know, it seems so counter intuitive to say. But hey, now you know the truth, and knowing is half the battle. (queue GI Joe theme)

In the glass, this beer has a semi-hazy golden brown coloration. It comes with a frothy white head that likes to stick around for a while. On the nose, I found a sweet malty aroma complete with toasted bread, light caramel, and an earthy hop presence. The flavor ended up closely matching the aroma. I was greeted with a toasty crusty malt flavor with plenty of earthy hops and malty caramel sweetness. This beer is a smooth easy drinker and makes for a perfect session beer. It finishes clean and exits with a light malty bitter aftertaste.

Overall, the Triangle Best Bitter is a solid representation of the style. I greatly enjoyed the experience and would happily drink this beer all day long. Consequently, I can recommend this brew to all levels of beer fans. Novices can especially benefit from this beer's easy drinking nature and rich malty flavors. Seasoned drinkers will appreciate this brew as a delightful session ale fit for any occasion.

I have been a fan of the Triangle Brewing Company for quite some time now and their tasty beers never disappoint. If you have the means, I highly recommend checking out their facility in Durham, NC. Maybe even catch a brewery tour. Owners Andy and Rick are always good fun and they love to chat with fans. Triangle is a reliable regional staple and their signature cans are always present in my refrigerator. Looks like I may need to add a growler of Triangle Best Bitter to the mix.

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