Before America was discovered, about 20 years ago, we had bitter, stout, mild, brown ale, lager and foreign beer. You either drunk bitter or lager- I don't recall any of my age group drinking mild, and brown was Newkie, never Forest. I was and always have been a bitter man and yet this is now a minority style and, as far as I'm concerned, one of the hardest styles to get right. I also have this (probably false) memory of the perfect pint of bitter with a decent, tight head, light in colour, not too strong 4-4½% and a pervading bitterness with a distinct but not over dominant aftertaste of English hops. The quality of a particular brand also had a lot to do with "the way it was kept" by the publican. Since moving to France (where bitter is unknown) I've been trying to recapture this perfect bitter. I've had some coming close but none of them are spot on. I suppose bottling a beer which I'd always had on draught doesn't help much either. Any thoughts or observations on this quest would be gratefully received.