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Gritty McDuff's Best Bitter - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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173 Ratings

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Best Bitter was the first beer we ever brewed, way back in 1988 at our Portland Brew Pub. This true English classic has been the anchor of our draft selection ever since.

Best Bitter is a copper-hued and well-balanced ale with real old world integrity. We use fine Yakima Golding hop flowers in the brewing of this beer for a fine dry finish that compliments the malty palate. The taste captures the freshness of a hand-drawn ale that goes right from the conditioning tank to your glass!

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-26-1999)
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Photo of KarlosT
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Wow. Can't believe the high scores.

Got a flight at the Gritty McDuff's in Portland ME:
Halloween Ale
Cask Best Bitter
Maine's Best IPA
Pub Style

All were exactly the same amber color, with the same head. The aroma was exactly the same, except for the Pub Style. I also had a pint of their Black Fly Stout, which fortunately did have a different color.

I iterated between their Halloween Ale, their IPA, and their Cask Bitter. All were exactly the same, except that the Cask Bitter was slightly warmer.

When I suggested to the waitress that the beers might have been mis-poured, she said that they were correct, that she was also a bartender, and that she could tell from the color of the pours.

Assuming what I drank was correct ...

I found the beer was watery, and it was as though they used poor quality water. All their beers had an off after-taste ... as though their was a Gritty McDuffs flavor they added to all their beers (including their stout)

Mouth feel was watery. And a little evervescent ... a slight bite from the c02. Interesting, even the cask best bitter had a slight CO2 bite to it.

Very sorry I went to this pub. Food was ok. But the beers were mediocre to poor.

KarlosT, Saturday at 02:10 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Trashcat, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

PhillyNole, Oct 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Sellen, Sep 04, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -16.3%

Heynau10, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ScottHeidrich119, Aug 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

nicholasadamwalker, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

johnsonsf8878, Aug 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Stargazer2892, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

MA08, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

costanzo_mike, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jaywes754, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Dbrag, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mick303, Jun 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Crumpetsnbeer, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bckayaalp, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good copper color, off white head, with good lacing
Smell was good, but did not reveal the great taste to come
Fruity start with a bitter finish. The hops were not overwhelming and the blending of the fruitiness and bitter in the middle was nice
Mouthfeel was a good medium-not watery or syrupy.
I was surprised by how good this brew is. Will definitely have more.

lou50rp, Feb 23, 2014
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3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From Notes on 10-17-13, On-Tap at the brewpub.

A - Clear gold with half a finger of fizzy white head no lacing.
S - Very little aroma, some light grainy scents, and sweet malt.
T - Extremely light, sweet, very little bitterness, a touch of caramel.
M - Thin, watery, bland.
O - Not and ESB at all, no bitterness, how could it be an ESB? Its style is more like an extra pale ale.

Omnium, Feb 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

FFreak, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Cheld, Dec 18, 2013
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Gritty McDuff's Best Bitter from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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