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Dogbite Bitter - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
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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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 22
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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.

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 ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Brad007
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ffejherb
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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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4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of albern
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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

Photo of UnionMade
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of John
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mitch3114
2/5  rDev -43.8%

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Dogbite Bitter from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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