I think this is my second review of a Saltaire beer, and there will be another one coming soon. The Shipley based brewery have been creating what I'd describe as proper ales since 2006 so it's no surprise they've produced a Best Bitter. I have to say that while I'm a bitter fan I tend to enjoy them as a nice mild break from drinking more unusual beers, so we'll see if this one breaks the mold at all. Saltaire Best contains 4.4% alcohol and pours exactly how you'd expect a bitter to pour, oak brown with a small white head. So far so traditional.
The aroma doesn't provide any real surprises either with the bitter malts very much dominating. Like the look and the aroma the texture is what you'd expect at around about medium bodied, and the taste has no surprises either. If you've ever had an English bitter before it's very much this. You'll get the usual bitter malts and maybe just a hint of caramel. It's a well balanced, traditional, and to be blunt boring beer. None of this is really something I'm going to complain about though as it is exactly what it set out to be. If you fancy a nice enough, standard, traditional bitter look no further. I was hoping for a little more though. 6 out of 10.