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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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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by froghop:
Photo of froghop
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice orange body with a tinge of brown underneath a raging, volcanic head that left mounds of lacing on my glass as it slowly dissipated.

Smell – Beautiful mix of malt and complex hop aroma. This one smells like a well-balanced ale.

Taste – There is a light bitterness to this brew. The hops are evenly supported by a wonderful malt flavor. There is a faint peach sweetness that brings the balance full circle.

Mouthfeel – This is a lightly carbonated, medium-bodied ale. It was a little too foamy in the mouth for my taste, though, especially for a Best Bitter.

Drinkability – This exceptionally balanced brew went down nicely.

Comments – Apparently the brewery mislabeled the bottle. I bought it with a Pale Ale label and a little sticky note from the store saying that this was Dick’s Best Bitter. I just tasted and reviewed a Dick’s Pale Ale earlier this evening, so recognized immediately that this was a different offering. Weird.

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thrasher
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark bitter that yields small head unless poured roughly. A dark amber beer with raw wood qualities, some light caramel sweetness, and a cleansing, bitter, but not overly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel smooth, maybe a little bit flat but not thin at all. The yeast imparts a nice English quality, but altogether there's not much to this beer, maybe just a little too lacklustre. I also think this veers too near brown or scottish ale territory to be fairly considered a bitter.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
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 russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As it spills from the bottle an unblurred deep copper color, the head is quite modest in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a light tan, as it evaporates quite quickly the lace that forms is a thin veil to coat the glass. Sweet malt aroma dominates the nose, fresh and clean, quite appealing to the senses, start is rich in malt, sweet but not overly so, top is fair to middling in feel to the palate. Finish is lenient in its acidity, the hops pronounced in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste that linger on and a quaffable brew, one that will appeal to the English Ale lovers I think.

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Photo of zacharius
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an amber color with a white head sitting on top. Nice inviting hoppy smell with a slight fruity complex ester smell in the background. Great refreshing English Ale Hop taste with lingering aftertase. Mouthfeel is about right for the beer. Very high drinkability, I could drink this all night long. Classic English Ale taste and an all around great brew!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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 PDXHops
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
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 kgotcher
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Raziel313
2.16/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

If you like green tea then this beer is for you

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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 beertaster13
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 deskim
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
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 czfreeman
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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 SickBrew
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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 woemad
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
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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