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Dogbite Bitter - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
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2/5  rDev -44%

mitch3114, Oct 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

nh2032, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Brad007
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a light copper color. The smell is malty with some hint of bitterness. The taste is about the same, although the beer gets kind of sour towards the back of the throat. Nothing really special here. A decent garden-variety bitter that seems easy drinking. I remember having it before where it seemed as hoppy as their Bombay Grab but I don't see that in this batch.

Brad007, May 04, 2007
Photo of mrskunk
3/5  rDev -16%

mrskunk, Feb 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

Knapp85, Dec 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a slightly hazy copper, with a moderately lacing off-white head. Grainy aroma, caramel notes, light floral hops. Light biscuity taste, caramel and toffee, subdued, and a touch of hop bitterness for balance. Not extremely flavorful, but mellow, and drinkable, and on the heavier side of light-bodied. Decent.

Rifugium, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of albern
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very British interpretation of the style. The beer is a bit cloudy with an orangey amber color. The nose was very weak, good lacing. The beer is of the Noble Hop variety. It is watery and has a very thin malty mid section that needs lots more body. The beer is a touch herbal, tea like, that has all the characteristics of an English ale. It wasn't my favorite and I moved on from the sampler

albern, Mar 27, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

jmdrpi, Sep 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

AGust82, Nov 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

djrn2, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of their current best. Good head, bitter, an ESB with fuggles and Goldings. Less carbonated and more natural bitter than their other offerings. Carmel. Thin-medium. Dark amber with a bit of a head. Your session ale. Would like it to have less sweetness.

Sammy, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of sraimondi
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light bronze hue, very true to the style. Film head persists with spot lacing. Some malt and faint toffee in the nose. Taste has alot of malt upfront, with some hops in the finish, although I think there should be a bit more. Pretty balanced though. Very soft and somewhat chewy mouthfeel. I would look to this one as a session brew. Overall a good beer.

sraimondi, Sep 03, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Mattgruv, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Ewhite2121, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Bguth, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

millerbuffoon, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a stop on our tour of Vermont after a cruise of Lake Champlaign.

This brew poured a dark amber, somewhat cloudy, with minimal head that did not last at all, with no lacing. Nose was of caramel malts. Taste was somewhat hoppy as the brew was served at around 55 degrees. The balance of malts and hops was just not there as hoped. This beer was almost flat as far as carbonation was concerened. Mouthfeel was OK but nothing special. Overall drinkability was OK but nothing I will go out of my way in the future.

arizcards, Nov 11, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of mikeys01
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

mikeys01, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

thekevlarkid, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.64/5  rDev +2%
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.

GarthDanielson, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Skibum211, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

plaid75, Aug 10, 2013
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Dogbite Bitter from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.