Originally Posted by jsberry
What exactly is the difference between a British "bitters" and normal IPAs, etc.?
I am referring mainly to beers that fall into the BJCP 8A for lack of a better description.
From what I have read, the "bitter" in ordinary bitters is sometimes mistaken for flavor profile. IMO they are not as bitter as say an IPA. They still have a good bitterness to them, but aren't as heavily hopped as the IPAs.
Personally, I think of them as different styles stemming from similar bases.