Progressive is a rather easy drinking beer with lots of interesting things to keep your interest, but I’m not sure it’s a Bitter, modern or not.
It’s more of a Pale Ale, a good Pale Ale, but a Pale Ale nonetheless.
Pouring a peachy gold with a little fluffy head, the aroma is soft mango and peach.
The beer looks thick and chewy and certainly feels thick and round and full when you start drinking.
But a bitter for me should be mainly malts, with toffee and biscuits, biscuits and stone fruit, just a hint of prickly hedgerow in the finish, whereas this beer has a soft and warm chewy caramel and biscuit malt and a great big splash of fruity hop colour, Motueka and Chinook giving you rolling tobacco and lime zest, orange marmalade and herbal greenery.
And so yes, this is a very nice beer, but I couldn’t call it a Bitter.