Best Bitter | The Ship Inn

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Brewed by:
The Ship Inn
New Jersey, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 05-23-2002

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by mkobes:
Photo of mkobes
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ship Inn.

Excellent tasting beer.

Orange in color with a nice white head. Clean mouthfeel. Full bodied. Well balanced beer. Clear orange. Nice fruity aroma. Malty and hoppy. Enjoyable brew. Nice beer. Fruity tasting. Apricots? Very enjoyable.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ship Inn- Best Bitter

Appearance- reddish brown with a thick and dense frothy head. Heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Brown sugar malt with a hint of nutty hops.
Taste- Vanilla caramel malt with a nice blend of dry nutty (hazelnut, walnut) hops.
Mouthfeel- Dry, no carbonation ( maybe some natural), with a sweet big flavor.

Overall- Delicious, of course. All of the Ship Inn's beers are phenominal!!

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Photo of Varkias41
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Minotaur
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

*Edit: I've been informed by the establishment owner that they are taking care of the off-flavor in the lines. I'll upgrade the review after my next fresh pint*

This is a dark amber-colored bitter. It is a little hazy but has some good red tones to back up the brown. On hand pump it is appropriately lacking in carbonation and head. The aroma is malty sweet with a well blended and mellow hops bitterness.

There is a slight bit of toastiness but predominantly a dense, caramel-toffee sweet underlay cut with the hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel and drinkability is of course the predominant selling point of this beer. Even a 20 oz pint is amazingly sessionable and goes down quite easily.

The taste rating was reduced due to some latent sanitzer flavor in the hand pump from getting an early, if not the first glass of the afternoon.

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Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper with a thin head that becomes a bubbly patch. Minimal lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of floral, lemony, fragrant hops with some woody earthiness..

The taste is bitter with a tea-like leafiness. Sweet malt balances out some of the bitterness. Earthy and grainy Some buttery noites. Honeyish sweet malt rounds it out in the bitterish, dry finish. Fairly mild.

Some watery thinness in the feel. Appetizingly dry. A decent session ale. Inoffensive/mild enough to accompany most dishes.

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Photo of Eckersfam
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of WesWes
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a spotty white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scenty that boasts of pale and caramel malts. It also has a floral hop aroma that adds a bit of balance to the nose. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale and crystal malt flavor that seems a bit watery and light on malts. It has a mild hop bitterness that is not that pronounced. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied brew with adequate carbonation. This is an average English bitter. It is a little too watery for my taste. Also, the grainy flavor detracts from the overall drinkability.

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Photo of pcsnyder
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of stirgy
2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew was served warm. Golden orange in color and very clear. No head and no carbonation. Looks flat. I guess it fits the style. Slight notes of buttery sweet grains in the aroma. The taste is light with some buttery notes. Light in body. Light and flat, and bland. This is a non thinker, just drink it and don’t worry about what it tastes like, because it really doesn’t taste like anything. Body is light and watery and finishes with some bitter tannic on the tongue. Really not too good.

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Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Tom_Gilman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of newbeeraday
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of blitheringidiot
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear dim copper hued clear pour into me pint from a fresh growler from me mate Rick who hit the Inn a few nights ago. A scant halo white tight ring lines the glass with zero carbonation.

Scents of classic wet cardboard ESB notes, and maple syrup.

Sugary tangy overwhelming steeped tea notes.

Thin flat swigs that took this ESB for a nose dive in a hurry.

Last swigs: Overall, just sugary tang. A bit rough like homebrew that never developed. Sorry.

Beer is usually good. Happy beering.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand pump at the brewpub. Clear orange, white head. Fruity aroma. Apricot and peaches. Flavor is malty and hoppy with apricot and peach again. Nice, full and round. Exemplifies the English style. Makes a trip to The Ship worth the time. This is a HUGE improvement over some of my other visits most recently. I hope they keep it up!

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Photo of AltBock
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Ship Inn on 4/5/2008. They served it to me in a Fuller's Imperial pint glass.

This Ship Inn brew poured a clear amber/orange with a 1 inch creamy head of white foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a handful of white foamy rings along the edge and streak after streak of beautiful white lace around the glass. The aroma was light to mild with juicy fruits, a hint of banana, toasted malts, and then it ends with some lightly sour bitter hops. The taste was lightly bitter and dry with fruity hops, toasted malts, a splash of lemon, and then it finishes up with some liglty tart and bitter grapefruit. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing with a mild aftertaste of grapefruit, citrus hops, and a quick touch of toasted malts. Yet another refreshing session British style ale from the people at the Ship Inn.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at the brewpub. Pours a dark amber brown, clear, with a white head. Aroma of buttery popcorn and sweet malt. Flavor is very sweet initially with lots of caramel malt. Some diacetyl, but less in the flavor compared to the aroma. It was ok overall.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Best Bitter from The Ship Inn
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 21 ratings