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Dogbite Bitter - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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The Vermont Pub & Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A classic, well balanced ESB brewed with traditional East Kent Golding and Fuggles hops. There is a big, fierce earthy hop bite complemeted by a well rounded, flavorful and malty body. A very bright beer with a rich, deep amber appearance. A Pub favorite for over 18 years!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002)
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vermont Pub & Brewery on 6/12/11.

A - Slightly hazed coppery liquid with apricot hues and a creamy off-white head that dispersed thick splashes of lace around the glass.

S - Toffee and lightly toasted grains paired with light hops, the latter of which impart hints of flowers and subtle perfumes as well as citrus fruit.

T - Amazing balance of sweet and bready, biscuity malt and light floral and citrusy hops. This is what an ESB is all about - balance. Nice grainy finish with a light pinch of hop bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Finishes with minimal hop bitterness amid some residual malt sweetness on the palate.

D - Fantastic ESB that is easy to quaff... the way it should be. Great session beer and quite possibly my favorite of the Vermont Pub & Brewery's line-up on that particular day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 16:44:23 | More by ffejherb
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Weischej


4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

06-02-2012 20:17:02 | More by Weischej
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bigone4

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the brew pub during the 2007 VT Brewers Fest. It poured with a nice creamy off-white head. There was mild lacing left down the sides of he pint glass. The color was a brownish red color more like a light mahogany. When back lit the color was a darker brownish orange color. The smell was quite sweet with malt and caramel tones. There was a hop oil scent mixed in the nose. The malt certainly was the most predominant scent. Very full bodied and chewy in the mouth. Great mouth feel and drink ability. Rolling malt tones give way to a nice bitterness in the back of the mouth. The dry hop finish is quite refreshing and enjoyable. This is a true to style ESB in my book. Classic malt tones balanced out with a nice hop profile. As the beer comes to room temperature many new flavors are unlocked, especially a rather roasted malt flavor and some subtle alcohol notes. This is one steadfast brew that will never loose its following. Certainly proves to be a very well crafted and dependable flavored brew. This is one of my favorites on tap at the VPB besides there IPA. I have also had this one from the growler and it holds its flavor and carbonation very well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2007 14:50:48 | More by bigone4
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bit hoppier than the tap version, with a noticable dry hopping to the aroma. The appearance is the same, with better head retention. Much more pungent floral hoppiness, which adds a touch more bittering in the finish. The malt seems a bit richer, with a more pronounced toasty flavor and a bit more caramel sweetness, which balances out the amplified hopping perfectly. Slightly fuller body, with ultra smooth, soft carbonation and a bit richer of a mouthfeel. Almost a bit chewy, with a touch of peach esteriness.
If this is on the beer engines when you visit, do yourself a favor and get a pint.

Serving type: cask

02-13-2004 22:21:43 | More by UnionMade
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vermont Pub- Dogbite Bitter

Appearance- Dark mahogany brown with a medium head and decent lacing.
Smell- Nutty caramel malt and grainy bread aroma. Wheat, sunflower seeds, oats.
Taste- Nice hazelnut meets caramel malt. Dry nutty earthy hops blend in evenly.
Mouthfeel- Flavor is big and holds up throughut. some dry bitterness in he end.

Overall- The best offering at the Vermont pub. Definitely worth stopping off here for just this beer alone.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2007 17:34:38 | More by NJpadreFan
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57md

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%

07-19-2012 05:35:34 | More by 57md
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John

New York

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very smooth and satisfying brew. Amber colored with ballsy malt character and assertive hop "bite". A pleasure to drink (several). I setteld into a few of these on a fairly recent visit. Cool British atmosphere to the pub.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2002 11:09:04 | More by John
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonick glass at the brewery

Pours a light copper color, hazy with a thick, firm white head

The nose has lots of caramel malts and floral hops, a good english style. Creamy off-cask, the dry hopping comes through at the finish with a nice, biting floral note.

This is so easy to drink, great mouthfeel, and a classic session beer. Have many.

Serving type: cask

07-17-2009 00:55:44 | More by mhatters
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4/5  rDev +13%

03-09-2012 15:23:44 | More by TheRuss9585
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a mahogny with a large foamy head. The smell is all hops. The taste has a creamy hop bitterness with some cider spices. The m/f is medium with the flavors being well balanced. This is one of this pubs better offerings and one of the better ESB's I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2006 22:25:11 | More by jmz62565
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really nice. golden wheat color in the glass, can smell the bitter aroma inches away. very nice. again this is kind of middle of the road mellow. nothing out of the ordinary, just what it is. i could see this being very sessionable as it is not unreasonably bitter and actually a very smooth beer. probably my favorite out of their list.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2007 02:55:00 | More by scarletfire79
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Skibum211

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

11-23-2013 16:35:52 | More by Skibum211
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plaid75

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured round bready malts and a grassy hop spice.

The taste consisted of toasted bready malts, a touch of honey and an herbal and grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a gentle carbonation.

Overall a tasty sessionable bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 18:10:30 | More by plaid75
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patrick802

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-04-2014 19:33:59 | More by patrick802
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body with a good head on it. Nose had quite a bit of toasted malts, yet sweet as well. Hops add a nice balance to the nose. Taste was full of flavors and packed quite a punch. Big malts start out with some caramel mixing in. Citrus hops start kicking in the middle and lasts into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium and the texture was quite creamy. Not a bad ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2005 13:58:23 | More by necoadam
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sailorastro

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-08-2012 01:50:26 | More by sailorastro
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-10-2013 18:21:28 | More by ZEB89
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

10-12-2013 00:32:04 | More by TheDoctor
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazed caramel-copper coloring with a filmy, bright-white head. Nose of cream and subtle bitterness. Flavors are creamy and bitter, very blended and balanced, with a clean finish. The aftertaste is minimal, with a steady sweetness. Full bodied and very tasty. Easy to drink with the lower ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 02:53:21 | More by GarthDanielson
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap the bitter was a light copper color with a creamy white head. Decent retention and broken streaks of lacing. The aroma was semi-sweet and malty, toffee in particular with some hint of herbal hops and bitterness. The taste was also malted more than I was expecting though the herbal/pine hops does catch up at the end bringing a dry and bitter finish with it. Fairly balanced but not what I think of when I order a bitter. The mouthfeel was smooth and a bit chewy, coating my tongue with the resin-like hops at the end.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2008 00:09:16 | More by thekevlarkid
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mikeys01

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the VPB. Appearance is a deep dark amber color, with a healthy white head gracing the top. Aroma is sweet and malty, just a bit of hop making an appearance. The hop bitterness comes right out at first but is buried in sweet, chewy, malt flavor. Finishes off with just a bit of bitterness and caramel sweetness. Medium body, quite drinkable, but not spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2004 23:46:58 | More by mikeys01
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Mattgruv

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-29-2013 03:02:07 | More by Mattgruv
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Ewhite2121

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-03-2014 01:41:48 | More by Ewhite2121
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Bguth

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-15-2013 04:48:53 | More by Bguth
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-04-2013 03:29:08 | More by millerbuffoon
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Dogbite Bitter from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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