Session Ale #28: Best Dressed Chicken | East End Brewing Company

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East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JamesS on 09-14-2009

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DrinkbythePond
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, orange brown with little lacing, but only slight head.

Sweet, biscuity smell somewhat fruity

I don't taste the hop presence that others have suggested, but I do detect the bitter; I definately don't taste anything that I label an IPA. It's not the best bitter that I've ever had, but I would order it from the tap if at a restaurant or pub.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

East End : Best Dressed Chicken

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange. Small head and little lace on the pint glass. Aroma of floral hops, alittle biscuity malt. In the taste, lemony citrus, alittle wheaty, mild malt body and semi refreshing. Interesting citrusy note from the hops. Not too bitter, but fits broadly into the ESB style. Sessionable, mild, small lemony citrus and clean finish.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has made another appearance after a hiatus of a year or two.

Best Dressed Chicken has a light orange body with just a touch of haze. The head is off-white, and it showcases good retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty hop forward, with earthy bitterness. Light caramel and biscuit round things out.

This is a really bitter bitter. Maybe that sounds like it doesn't make sense, but it does if you think about what most bitters are like. I ran across this at a wedding, and the bartender was saying “Best Dressed Chicken, it's an IPA.” I responded that I thought it was a hoppy bitter, but didn't feel the need to press the issue. I should note, however, that this beer and Pedal Pale Ale were being poured side-by-side and even so, the bartender referred to Chicken as an IPA and Pedal as a Pale. Hops come first, with just a hint of citrus, and lots of earthy flavors. Bitterness is powerful. The malt backbone plays a supporting role, with a little bit of caramel and some biscuit.

The bitterness is biting, but the body is fairly light and the carbonation a little low, which I like.

This one didn't quite fit the style for me, because it was so damn bitter. But hop heads who want to try a bitter will like it. Also, the amount of hops stuffed into a 4% ABV beer is pretty impressive.

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Photo of JamesS
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice light copper color with a nice amount of head and some very nice lacing. Nice clean scent with a nice hit of hops in it (I'm guessing Goldings, but I'm not sure) and a nice bit of malt to balance it out. Excellent taste, a nice clean bitter; enough hops to make it interesting without going overboard and enough malt to make it a nice session ale. Goes down very smooth. An excellent best bitter.

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Session Ale #28: Best Dressed Chicken from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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