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

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BA SCORE
82
good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | 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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Reviews by ABCJiugui:
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ABCJiugui

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bomber into shaped pint glass

A- light amber, fairly clear on first pour, hazier as it gets to the bottom (it is bottle conditioned). 1 finger of head on a semi-hard pour, consistent retention on liquid. Good lacing- big splotches and strings in a consistent ring.

S- little sweet, toasted country bread, malt, and some hop flowers. Little caramel notes as well.

T- Smooth malt/caramel flavor is quick, overtaken by surprising levels of hop bitterness, more than I'm used to in a bitter. It really lingers afterwards, but not totally unpleasantly- may be a little strong. Yeastier pour gives a little fruitiness.

M- thin, light bodied, carbonation is present but dissipates fairly quick.

D- A decent beer- I had it with a ciabatta loaf sandwich, which I enjoyed. I think it pairs better with food than on its own as a night long session beer, as I could actually tire of its bitterness since it's a bit more aggressive in that aspect than other bitters I've had. Still, a good meal brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 22:21:07 | More by ABCJiugui
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Gritty McDuff's Best Bitter from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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