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Dogbite Bitter - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Dogbite Bitter
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

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!
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Photo of fastestmanalive
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of flipper2gv
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

On tap at the brewery.

A: It looks like an ESB. Dark orange color with a tan head.

S: You get the usual malty sweetness, light hops (grass, citruses).

T: Typically british, good amounts of minerals, solid malt backbone in the shape of brown sugar, grassy hoppinness and some citrus like notes too.

M: Between light and medium body. It has the typical ESB mouthfeel that I find very hard to describe.

D: This is a British style beer, and as such, it is very drinkable.

This is a very well executed beer from a style that is EXTREMELY hard to succeed. I really don't understand such low scores on a beer this good.

Photo of Geekydad79
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint glass at Vermont Pub and Brewery (Burlington, VT).

A: Bright beer, clear caramel color with 1-finger of frothy, foamy beige head with good retention and leaves a collar of lace. (4.25)

S: Soft malty aromas with bread and cracker, medium caramel, and earthy, herbal hopping with a hint of grassy citrus. (3.5)

T: I liked the flavor of this beer overall, but it finishes a bit too sweet, but the profile is pleasant enough. The bready maltiness is present in the start and carries through to a sweet medium caramel note. The hops cut in with a good dose of bitterness, medium at least, but doesn't leave a lot of hop flavor. I think the finish would seem less sweet if the hops flavor was increased. Yeast esters of light fruitiness are there but mild. (3.75)

M: Good mouthfeel on this beer, served with low carbonation, with a light-medium body with a creamy texture that is really enjoyable and is the best feature of this beer. (4.25)

O: I was a little bit pleasantly surprised by this beer -- it brings a creamy mouthfeel with an interesting blend of maltiness with bready, crackery, and medium caramel notes, and then a little plum, probably from special roast or similar malt. A little sweet in the finish but with plenty of bitterness through the early- and mid-palate to be a satisfying session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Dogbite Bitter from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.