So this was a pretty interesting thread...
I'm going to be brewing an Ordinary Bitter in the coming weeks and it occurred to me that I'm not really sure what it is I'm supposed to be after here. I've never had the pleasure to saddle up next to Andy Capp and enjoy a Bitter in situ, so to speak. And after reading this thread, I'm probably more confused than I was before. I want to brew a style that I can't find all that often, and on the rare occasion when I do find it, I honestly have no idea if what I'm drinking is a decent example of an Ordinary Bitter. My guess is, probably not.
Forget the BJCP for a second, what distinguishes an Ordinary Bitter to you?
My thoughts are:
Notable malt presence, but not sweet
A firm bitterness
Low hop aroma and of English variety
Characterful English yeast
Served not cold, but cold-ish
I realize it's all relative, but is that an Ordinary Bitter?