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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 Murph:
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Murph

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perect copper collor with a big off white head that forms a very nice lace. Smell is of english style hops with some light toasty malt in the background. Smooth toasty malt opens up the flavor and it is in almost perfect balance with the nice subtle hopping of the East Kent hops. Extremely smooth and creamy and very drinkable. I can only imagine what this would be like on cask. Perhaps someday I will find out for myself. Thanks to the Bierman and JohhnyP for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2002 09:54:01 | More by Murph
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4.71/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:03:33 | More by lou50rp
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3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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one of the better beers at grittys I though, which isn't saying a whole lot, but this classic bitter and amber style fusion worked out pretty well. pours a lighter amber color, flat though, like all beers I had here. smells like light English pale and crystal malts, with the same ale yeast as the others, and a pronounced English hop finish, which is this beers best feature. the taste is the same as the nose, lighter than it looks, sessionable more than any other beer they had. carbonation is severely lacking, as it has the texture of tap water. plenty of body for the style, maybe a nitro tap would liven this up, but it just sits there dead. still, one of grittys better beers, went well with the food, and didn't offend me like their ipa did, so that's a start.

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