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Boatyard Bitter | Port Townsend Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Port Townsend Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2004

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Asics
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome shade of dark golden amber with a modest foam. There's even a little lacing in the tall Stella Artois goblet. Slightly frothy on the tongue.

Aroma has a hint of butter with warm straw. Flavor is slightly sweet to start with a pleasant malty mouthfeel. there is a grainy taste but overall it's a mellow, slightly roasted malt taste.

The hops are not particularly bitter. The aromatics are just a hint of resiny herbs. There is a tangy bitter touch at the end.

This is a highly drinkable brew with a nutty Brown Ale sort of taste The buttery note seems to last throughout and adds some flavor to a light brew. Purists will quibble with a Bitter that's not bitter. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jackclyde27
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of harrymel
1.72/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled: unk

Pours a golden raisin with etched whites atop a near excellently clarified brew. Smells oddly like skunked Heineken with a dash of cinnamon, plastic and oxidation. Poor nose. Flavor is bitter up front with some chemical sharpness. Followed up with some sweet crystal malt and a healthy serving of oxidation. Medium bodied with early eager but fleeting hi carb. This beer speaks of elderly characteristics, but I can't really tell. This serving was subpar.

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy golden copper color with 1-1/2 inches of creamy white head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly grainy malt with some even, balancing hops in the background. the hops had more of presence on the tongue but not overpoweringly so.The malts and hops were very evenly matched and complemented each other nicely.

The body was full, without being heavy, and nicely smooth. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have a few of these. Overall, a pretty nice brew that's worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden orange with a big foamy cap. Head is a good three fingers thick and slowly fades to abouta 1/2" top on the beer. Lots of active carbonation bubbles rising ot the top. Chunks of foam left all over the glass.

S - Light fruity notes mixed with a very faint biscuity sweetness. The nose is muted overall but they smells that do come through play together nicely. As the beer warms the fruity citrus notes become more evident.

T - Light biscuity sweetness mixed with a faint fruitiness, much like the aroma. Very clean tastes with the fruitiness becoming stronger as the beer warms. A touch of grapefruit mixed with other citrus fruits. Maybe even a little apple mixed in.

M/D - Light and crisp. Very clean feel. Eazsy drinking. Exactly what I expect out of an English bitter breweed by a PNW brewery.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle acquired in a trade.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, some cardboard, and toasted grains. Tastes of light caramel, citrus, some breadiness, and the same cardboard that was present in the aromas.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light clear amber in appearance with minimal crisp head. Smell is clean with very light malt. Taste is grainy with the right amount of hop for this bitter, not under or over done, finishing clean. Mouthfeel is light, makes for a very clean easy going bitter.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Boatyard Bitter while vacationing on the Olympic Peninsula several weeks ago. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale amber color and is ever so slightly hazy. A thin bubbly head forms, and dissipates quickly.

The smell is faint and almost undetectable. A little bitter earthy aroma perhaps, peat or barley.

The taste is predictably bitter, with a fairly heavy cereal flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Not much going on with this beer either in terms of taste or body.

Average drinkability on this one. It is lacking in the taste and mouthfeel department, which makes the whole drinking experience a bit simple and uninteresting. I've had better beers from this brewer, and there are better bitters to be had as well.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A simple thirst quencher with light citrus flavor somehow derived from Kent Goldings and fuggles hops. The malts impart a quasi-apricot profile and light malty nose. Goldenrod color with low CO2 and no head or lace, it is nearly flat and may leave a lingering aftertaste on the tongue. But like Port Townsend itself, Boatyard is casual and friendly.

Listed on the house menu as 4.8% ABV.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from a fresh growler a nice apricot amber, slightly hazy, with a foamy eggshell head like the dollop of froth on top of a good latte. It leaves lace in small but thick chunks; No bubbles are visible rising.

Smooth, slightly buttery caramel malts and a caress of tight hops in the nose - quite proper for an American interpretation - I chose the Bitter because the style typically make awesome session brews. This has 4.5% abv and an inviting, unintimidating scent.

The hops in this batch are definitely spot on - their presence is exquisitely balanced, and their Fuggleness is distinctive. This beer has a blend of hops, and I really like it, because I can taste the Fuggles as well as the Kent Goldings, and they combine to be a bit more creamy and full-flavored than Fuggles would by themselves. Of course, being a bitter, this beer isn't all that hoppy by most standards - the hops just happen to be right to balance the malts, a creamy caramel with very slight zips of lemon peel and a bready finish.

The mouthfeel begins each gulp with a smooth, slightly oily caress highlighted with just a tad of swishiness from the carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and warm with alcohol, and a sticky, delicious malty finish hangs around after swallowing, asking for a fresh sip.

I went over to Port Townsend to pick up a growler of a sessionable beer, and I think I deserve a pat on the back for my choice. Incredibly drinkable. If my roommate doesn't get in here quick to accept my offer of sharing, I'm liable to finish the growller myself soon.

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

Dark gold with a very refined finish this is beer that takes a sec to really appreciate. What it resemble is a ESB done PNW style which admittly takes two or three gulps to get a grasp of the hop profile. I like this beer and would love on tap with a BLT.

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Photo of bridgeporter
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boatyard Bitter is a nice example of an English bitter brewed right here is the U.S.A. Nice malty flavor with that bite of English hops that make this so different than most American pale ales.

The brew has a nice pale, very slightly cloudy look with a little hint of apple in the smell and taste. A mellow warm mouthfeel with a highly drinkable nature that makes me sad that I haven't found it anywhere near my local area.

Most Yanks would label this a fairly light session ale but I would hazard a guess that it would be considered a best bitter on the other side of the pond. Very, very nice bitter. I had this on tap at the tasting room at the brewery recently while on a trip to Port Townsend. There were two handpumps behind the bar for cask ales but sadly nothing on at the time..could only wonder how good this beer would taste on cask!!

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Boatyard Bitter from Port Townsend Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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