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

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BA SCORE
82
good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

sgregory, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

trevorpost, Oct 27, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

StonedTrippin, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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AJ01923, Jul 12, 2013
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patrick802, Jun 08, 2013
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Gritty McDuff's Best Bitter from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.