Where’s My Flannel

Brewery: Southern Heights Brewing Co
Style:   Best Bitter (11B )
Package: 16oz Can
Purchased: Beer To-Go!
Canned Date:  March 31, 2020
Consumed Date: April 23, 2020

Details From the Brewer

ABV: 4.5%
An Ordinary Bitter that drinks easy and light. Want an Amber? Check. Want a light beer? Check. Want something malty but not to malty? Check. English? Check.


Aroma – 9/12

Medium aromas of bread crust and graham cracker are the first things to hit the nose.  This is joined by red apple and pear esters at a low level.  There’s a slight sweetness and some cereal graininess as well.  Low level of earthy hops with a touch of lemon.  Good fermentation with no off flavors. 

Appearance – 2/3

Pours a light amber, coppery liquid.  There’s a slight haze, but still transparent.  Small, ivory bubbles compose a short head that fades with okay retention to a thin ring.

Flavor – 16/20

Similar to the aroma, malt expression leads first.  Moderate, grainy breadcrust, biscuit with a touch of tangy dough.  Red apple skin esters with a bit of Asian pear.  A low-medium bitterness with moderate sweetness.  Slight earthy and floral hop expression.  Balance is towards the malts.  The finish leaves a light bitterness and lingering malt flavor.

Mouthfeel – 5/5

Medium bodied with a low-moderate carbonation.  No astringency.  Finish is soft with minimal alcohol warming.

Overall Impression – 8/10

This is very sessionable English bitter.  The subtle yeast expression and bready malts are in good balance with each other.  I prefer these versions of the style, not where they’re overwhelmed with crystal malt.  To bump this up to world class examples, I’d like to see the malt and yeast expression increased a bit more.

Rating – 40/50

I’ve ordered this beer on more than one occasion at the taproom.  It’s the perfect juxtaposition to their hoppy styles.  This is my first time having it canned, and it holds up well.