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

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Gritty McDuff's Best BitterGritty McDuff's Best Bitter

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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 BeerKangaroo
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: brown body and has a thick, lumpy white head that lasts for about forty seconds. Some carbonation is seen rising with minimal lacing around the glass.

S: malty with some earthy hops, some nuttiness comes out as the beer warms.

T: centered around the malts and it gives a pretty good sweet yet earthy and slightly bitter flavors. Everything is balanced pretty well. Some apple comes out once the beer warms.

M: medium, the right amount of carbonation is felt on the tongue

O: this is a pretty good beer that I would have again.

BeerKangaroo, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of wesvt
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

wesvt, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of ZacMetalFan
4/5  rDev +10.2%

ZacMetalFan, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of rpaine
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rpaine, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
2/5  rDev -44.9%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on cask and poured in a true pint, the beer is a clear, pale chestnut coloring with a light, foamy, frothy off-white head of about a half an inch. Aromas of rich toffee and caramel, with a slight roasting characteristic overall. Flavors are smooth, with toffee and butter sweetness, and a kiss of chocolate. Hops presence is extremely minimal, with only a hint of bitter at the tail end. The hops presence does build as you drink, but still a minority player on the palate. The body is very light, and there is a smooth and creamy texture that completely owes itself to the cask serving. The aftertaste is a slight linger of the toffee sweetness, with a slightly drying finish. Flavors and overall experience of the beer aren't bad, but there just seems to be an overall lackluster feel to it all. Palate seems watered down throughout, and nothing really jumps out at you.

GarthDanielson, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of greybeardloon
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date.

A: A thick, clumpy head that lasts until the end, leaving chunks of lace.

S: Bright and earthy hops that are much more pronounced than I expected with some nuttiness.

T: The malt is surprisingly rich and sweet for the style, but the earthy and bitter hops balance it nicely and keep the beer from leaving a sweet impression. Fruitiness and nuttiness comes through mid-taste. Unexpectedly, I get faint hints of chocolate.

M: A bit full for the style, but that's fine by me.

O: There are a lot of interesting things going on in this beer, and it all comes together nicely. I would gladly drink several of these. If this beer was available to me in dated sixpacks, it would be in my fridge pretty regularly.

greybeardloon, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a creamy white head. Aromas of sweet malt and earthy, floral hops. Flavors of lightly toasted caramel malt and more earthy, floral hops. Nicely balanced and drinkable, with a decent bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a nice, drinkable Bitter, but nothing to get excited over.

jsanford, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +10.2%

scootercrabb, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

newenglandontap, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ChadHanley
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ChadHanley, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +10.2%

tpauer, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively clear copper with disappointing head for a hand pumped beer. Scent is lightly caramel and nutty, earthy and grassy hops with a presence from the yeast. Taste follows suit, quite light and in fact bitter, light caramel and nutty malts, earthy hops and a woodiness throughout. Thinner side of medium bodied, slightly over carbonated. Good bitter, meant to be light in flavor but lacks something in its construction.

rfgetz, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Cambridge.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with good amounts of earthy and slightly leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly dry caramel malts up front are joined quickly by leafy and light citrus hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall there wasn’t a whole lot going on with this beer but that’s fair for the style. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off white frothy head that slowly disapates. Orange gold on the center with a orangy red center with a decent amount of bubbles.

Not much in the way of aroma. Faint grain and citrus hops with a yeasty smell. That's it.

I get a fruitiness with a little tang, also a flowery taste peeks through. Some bread in the background. Not a bad taste at all, it sure beats the smell. As it finishes, a little sour and slightly bitter.

Light body, light to medium carbonation. Although the dry taste, it doesn't really leave the mouth dry at all. Kind of refreshing while going down.

This is a pretty tasty brew. Some interesting flavors show what the aroma did not. I bet this would be mighty tasty on cask!

9InchNails, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at brew pub

Light creamy head, sticky lacing, clear pale amber color.

Nose nice better earthy hops, light toasty sweet malts, copper malts, light herbal hops.

Taste bitter earthy hops, toasty semi sweet malts, reddish copper malts, fairly bitter rustic light herbal hops, bit gritty tasting. Finishes with a light fruity hop, gritty bitter flavors, dry, mostly clean finish.

Mouth is med bodied, gritty and abrasive, lower but decent for cask carb.

Overall pretty decent, nothing special but a nice bitter on cask, thankfully low on herbal hops.

jlindros, May 02, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - An inch or two of solid, off-white head forms atop an orange brew. Fairly cloudy, but that may be because of the cold temperature.

S - Nutty, maple syrup, caramel malt aroma and signature English ale fruitiness. Nice, though I would prefer a bigger hop presence.

T - Huge malt flavor, much like the nose. Also, a bread dough and sweet wort flavor. Bitterness cuts through the sweetness nicely.

M/D - The mouthfeel is a little too thick, but otherwise nice. Not bad but not great, either.

SirSketch, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Beer purchased at Gritty's Freeport

Pours medium copper colour with a few inches of white foam. Sticky and laces. Soapy smell (?) little hop, malt. Soft clean light taste with a fading hop - better than the smell led me to believe. Light residual bitter finish. Caramel toffee notes.

Tasty, good drinker, sessionable.

KTCamm, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second beer of the night at the Portland location, served on cask for $4, which I thought was a good price. Served in a standard pint glass. Light brown in color, with minimal head. Very faint smell of malt. Taste was of very mellow hops. Mouthfeel from the cask made this beer extremely smooth and easy to drink. The temp, mouthfeel, and flavor all made this beer a great session beer. This is the kind of beer you can gulp. A great beer to end the night with as we watched the game.

morebeergood, May 24, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rrheisler for sending this extra. Thanks Ryan.

Pours a brown tinted orange color coming out of the bomber. A nice, two finger light tan head is produced and fueled by a decent amount of carbonation. Retention and lacing are pretty good.

The nose is very malty, with lightly toasted malts and some sweet malts in the background. A significant spicey hop character comes out as it warms.

Tastes sweeter than the nose. Caramel malt dominates with the lightly toasted malt taking a back seat. Spicey hops again come out in the finish.

Medium in body, with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, goes down easy. Drinkability is pretty good, but nothing special.

Overall, I didn't have high hopes for this going in, but it was actually a pretty decent beer. Definitely average, but not a bad session Bitter.

Mistofminn, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of berley31
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured on cask at the brewpub in Portland. Came with virtually no head at all... maybe just a thin film on top of the beer. However, there was still fair lacing left behind while drinking. Body is a dark amber color, and clear.

S: I don't really detect much here, to be honest. A slight bitterness, but that's all.

T: Decent flavor of moderate bitterness, with a dry finish. Nothing that's going to knock your socks off, however.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: It's fine, really... but, nothing that really makes you want to come racing back for another.

berley31, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange/brown in color, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt and spices

Taste: honey, caramel, toasted malt, and hops throughout that are really present on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: super smooth, sweet start with a moderately bitter finish, high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: There is a nice malt and hop mix here. I could have three but not six. A nice above average bitter.

tigg924, Nov 03, 2009
Gritty McDuff's Best Bitter from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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