Best Bitter | Dick's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAngel on 09-10-2003

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a little apricot, lots of wet grain... barnyardish.
The taste is nice. Some apricot, lemon bitter and pine.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable beer..

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Photo of doughanson78
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium golden, very clear. Half finger white head with ok retention and lacing.

S: Malty. Earthy and grassy with some floral hop notes. Maybe a touch of caramel and honey.

T: Caramel and honey upfront. Earthy, grassy and some nice herbal notes. Touch of bitterness. Finishes with a touch of nuttiness and more fresh grass.

M: Light body, not watery. High carbonation. Crisp. Slightly dry finish.

O: Don't know if I've had an English bitter before. This is a bit earthy and grassy for me but it is still an easy drinking beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small head and really no lacing at all. Body is an amber color and hazy.

S: A little on the weak side, the bitterness still comes through with some slight malt in there as well.

T: The malt comes through light sweet at first, and then finishes moderately bitter with an average duration.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly oily texture, and soft carbonation.

D: A decent bitter, but nowhere near one of my favorites.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in the modern classic SABL glass. Thanks to the guys from S.K.I. Beer Corp. in New York for this sample.

Appearance- A nice medium burnished gold, the beer pours with just over a two-finger head... structure is fantastic, with the soapy crown collapsing slowly unto itself with big, soft, fluffy pops. Gooey lacing abounds, much like a good pale ale or IPA.

Smell- Floral, almost like a honeysuckle... the Magnum and Mt. Hood hop varieties lend a juicy nose and whet the palate for the first sip. A classic, English malt nose comes through as well, and the overall aroma is well balanced.

Taste- A touch of biscuit complements the rich, smooth hops that dominate the flavor profile. Wickedly bitter in the finish, it is a cross between a bitter and an IPA to me. The lingering, drying hop afterburn is everlasting and almost too strong for a session beer such as this. The bold, expressive character is noteworthy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As perfect as perfect could be, the texture in the mouth is simply sublime. The initial microscopic, tongue-prickling carbonation immediately smooths out and becomes a rolling, exquisite foam of effervescence. A very bitter bitter... West Coast flayva.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a light brownish amber with a minimal off-white head. Minimal retention and lacing.

Smells of toasty and nutty malts with some ripe and overripe citrus. A fair amount of caramel malt sweetness, too.

In the mouth, this is a pretty fruity and tangy take on a bitter. As in the nose, toasty and nutty, with a sweet combo of overripe citrus and caramel.

Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation. Overripe orange and earthiness linger for a moment.

Overall impression: Pretty good brew, sessionable but unmemorable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear amber with a thin head.

Smell: light malt/hops aroma but not very prominent.

Taste: slightly sweet malt with a nice bitterness. Hops are a little bit spicy, but their flavor is not all over the place. Mild, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: when it comes to drinkability on this one, I think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It is balanced enough to enjoy a few pints down the pub, or perhaps a bottle or two whilst working outdoors.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first pour from a brand-new keg: Clyde Common, Portland, OR. A pint glass pour.

A: Chestnut-amber with a mild haziness. A half-finger of the tightest, densest khaki cream. Terrific sheets of lace, foamy flecks completely covering the glass. Only a few random carbonation streams.

S: Served cool (not cold); little aroma. What sneaks through is decent, mildly sugared malt, sweet fruit.

T: Toasted bread/malt and some fresh orange-y citrus. It's got caramel and a slightly dry finish. A hint of grass and herbs. Pretty good balance.

M: Creamy smoothness, but an otherwise weak body. Sorta watery, nothing to get excited over.

D: Drinkable, a tasty and unassumingly mild ESB. Seems like this would be a Pub Favorite in the UK; as such, it's just OK in the US. Give it a try and see if you agree.

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Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber from the 12 ounce bottle with a two finger head and plenty of lacing.
Aroma is piney hops.
Flavor is immediately bitter though not too much. Sweet malts help subdue the resinous
hops. Finish is dry, pine, bitter as it should be.
I enjoy Bridgeport's ESB a bit more but I may have to give them a side-by-side tasting
in the future. Well worth a try.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours like their IPA. It has a nice copper to orange color and pours with one finger of fine head that does leave some lacing. Nose is malty, sweet and slightly hopy. Flavor is a bit to sweet and could as the name implies be a bit more bitter. Flavor is a bit to tanic also. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and could use a bit more backbone. Overall this beer is OK, but I know Dicks can do better. Cheers

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Photo of cswhitehorse
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dick's Best Bitter was bronze in color with a 2 finger foam head with some decent lacing and quick dissipating head.

There wasn't much there in terms of smell. Faint sweet hop aroma was all I could get. The taste was a grainy malt with a light amount of bitterness on the finish. I found this to be too sweet for my Bitter liking.

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Photo of froghop
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington.

pours a semi-hazy amber with a thin off-white head, some lacing.

smell is of malt, caramel, some spice.

taste is thick (chewy) sour malt, touch of caramel, nice balance, good bitter ending with a touch of citrus.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle purchased in Ashland, Oregon for 8.29 a six pack this poured a clear and handsome copper color, raised an off-white head,and light lacing. Nose is an earthy malt, with grassy hops. Medium and lively mouthfeel. Flavor is caramel malts with some bitterness from the hops. Bitter finish. Good solid beer.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Amber, Sweet without at all being cloying. Nicely bitter, got better and better tasting as it warmed up. Good for an easy drinking bitter. Another tasty brew from Dick's....Well done.

I'd love to try this on cask. Great when it warms up, and drops a bit of carbonation.

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored rocky head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt & citric/spicy hops hops. Breadyness/grainyness persists to the end

T: Citric hops. a bit of grainyness & biscuitty malt up front. Flinty dryness along with lemony & a bit of grapefruit hops, & grainy notes follows as this warms. Finishes dry, bready & with lemony hops

MF: Creamy with moderate carbonation, medium bodied with good balance

Drank very easy, a nice citric best bitter. I'd think most folks aren't sure what to look for in the style, but this pretty good for a bottled offering

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Photo of czfreeman
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle. medium-brown color. smell is very grassy to me, almost like hay, somewhat sour. The head retention is actually quite impressive though, it lasts for for a while. taste is sweet, candy-like with a sourish bitter finish. very tart. light mouthfeel. drinkability is quite easy. It doesn't really do anything for me however, I don't particularly enjoy the flavor to be honest. I don't believe I'll be purchasing another anytime soon.

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Photo of woemad
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. No freshness date on the bottle.

This beer poured a muddy-amber color, with some dark gold highlights when held to the light. A modest, off-white head perched atop the beer for about a minute, then receeded to a foam collar. Spartan, spotty lace.

The nose is very, very malty. Too malty, really, along with some overly assertive diacetyl notes. It reminded me of a 2nd tier amber ale, all sweetness, no hops, making the photograph on the label depicting hop harvesting a century ago rather ironic.

The taste is somewhere between fairly malty and malt bomb. The maltiness is way out of whack for the style, and too much for any more than a pint. There's a very mild hoppy dryness way in the background, but it doesn't come near to balancing this.

This is a beer with low carbonation, not out of character for the style, but it's a little too much body to be right.

Not a horrible beer, but nothing worth seeking out ever again, either. I'll stick to Crystal Bitter as a better tasting and more local alternative to this beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A casual, serviceable representation of the style with clean, drinkable sensibilities. The high-alpha Magnum hops are used with enough restraint to achieve a judicious balancing act while imparting a mild bite to the finish. Mt. Hood hops are a curious choice for flavor and aroma, but these too integrate nicely and lend a sense of local Washington-grown character. Mouthfeel is not as chewy as some bitters regionally, but this is not a serious drawback.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Body is a nice dark amber color topped by a creamy beige head that sticks around, leaving a bit of lacing as it slowly subsides. Aroma of slightly sweet, biscuity malt, a hint of light fruit, and a touch of mild European hops.
Palate is well-balanced between English-style malt and mild Euro hops. Overall, it tends towards the sweet side, with a biscuity character growing quite prevalent. Some oaky notes come through on the finish, which is long and, again, fairly sweet. Body is little thin, but not overly so for a bitter. Alright, but probably not something I'll be getting very often.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle with no date

Amber color wtih nice off white 1 finger head.

Aroma is pleasantly buscuit malt with earthy hops. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body nice bitter finish.

Sweet malty buscuit taste, lots of grainy sweetness with a bit of a nutty flavor. Earthy hops hit late and finish nicely, this one goes down smooth and sweet with just a dash of bitter hops to balance everything out. Very enjoyable and drinkable, I could throw down a few of these no problem.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a nice white foamy head. Nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops and malts. There's a nice sweet taste with a little bite at the end. This brew does not strike me as being that bitter, but is very nice though. There's a medium body which makes this a great session brew.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12 oz bottle.
Nice looking ale clear amber with a nice sized bubbly/splotchy off white head.
the aroma is rather puzzling though,,very"milky" smell and below it some spicy yet weak hopping.
Taste is quite sweet throughout with a good spicy hop bite at the end and a long lasting bitter aftertaste. The hopping and the overall feel of this would have lead me to believe it was an English style pale ale rather than a bitter.
Good enough on the palate.
Quite drinkable, but really cant see me rushing out for this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeast-laden dusky tangerine with butterscotch accents. The orange-tinted beige cap is large and is creamily airy or airily creamy, take your pick. Thin, sudsy lace sticks without conviction to the upper third of the glass and will surely be washed away as I drink. As it turns out, the glass coverage is more impressive that I initially gave it credit for. A good bit of attractive lace decorates the glass as the beer falls and rises, falls and rises.

The nose smells more like pale malt than caramel malt, which is what was actually used. Orange and lemon fruity hops are dominant, yet the beer doesn't smell all that hoppy. There's no real pungency, nothing to get my hop radar pinging.

On the palate, caramel malt is much more noticeable. The flavor is more hoppy than the nose, although not by a large margin, and there's just enough bitterness that the name isn't wishful thinking. White grapefruit is now making a valued contribution.

The flavor seems a little too subdued at first, but the hop bitterness is asserting itself more and more as I get deeper into the glass. Maybe I've been drinking too many IPAs lately and need to throttle back my expectations. The medium length finish is exceptionally clean and the mouthfeel is smack dab medium with an enlivening amount of carbonation.

Dick's Best Bitter grew on me over the course of the bottle. It isn't a 'wow' kind of beer right out of the hopper, but give it a chance and it may win you over like it did me. I'd love to have a few more of these tonight as it just seemed to be hitting its stride when I ran out of beer. Dick brews a pretty fair bitter.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly malty scent with a citrus hop undertone. It seems dry and a bit musty. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that is light, but full of flavor. It also has a seriously bitter hop flavor that goes down easy and finishes musty. The hops leave quite an aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent ESB. It's not as malty as some, but it has a nice hoppy taste. It needs some more aromatic malts. The aroma is flat.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange with white head that is nice to look at, lacing will stick to the glass. The smell is of sweet fruits and caramel, a nice distinct hop seems very sweet, unusual. The taste is such a complicated mess, but a mess in a good way, the sweet caramel and fruits blend with a tangy almost sour hop that blends well with the hints of roasted barley, very odd but it works, an interesting taste at first, but my buds agreed. Medium bodied and curisously good. I will drink again.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a very impressive cream-colored dense frothy head. The smell is sweet mats and light floral hops in the background for a nice blend. The taste is obviously a tad bitter hop throughout with a wave of sweet malt sliding back into a dry tangy bitter end. This is a light bodied beer and drinks down somewhat easy.

Notes: This one looks and smells very nice but lets you down when tasted as it seems like there's going to be more there. Not highly complex, but it is a decent offering, but not one I'll seek out again. Cheers!

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