Bitter is a traditional style of ale sold in Britain. With medium or even low alcohol content the beer colour is amber, often with a reddish tinge. As from the name the main flavour is hop bitterness, which is made more noticeable by the low original gravity.
It is hard to distinguish between a lot of Bitters and Pale Ales and probably the main difference between a Pale Ale and a Bitter is the choice of name that the brewer assigns. Bitters are generally available in three strengths: Session or Ordinary (upto 4.1%), Best or Special (4.2% – 4.7%) and Extra Special Bitter or ESB (4.8% and above) whereas Pale Ales typically come in around the ESB strength.
Check out the breweries below that offer Bitters