Best Bitter
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Bitter - English
Ranked #76
Ranked #27,151
3.6 | pDev: 12.5%
Apr 16, 2022
Apr 26, 1999
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Notes: Best Bitter was the first beer we ever brewed, way back in 1988 at our Portland Brew Pub. This true English classic has been the anchor of our draft selection ever since.

Best Bitter is a copper-hued and well-balanced ale with real old world integrity. We use fine Yakima Golding hop flowers in the brewing of this beer for a fine dry finish that compliments the malty palate. The taste captures the freshness of a hand-drawn ale that goes right from the conditioning tank to your glass!

25 IBU
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3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey on Apr 16, 2022
2.64 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2020
3 by Lefty_P_Hand from Maine on Mar 09, 2019
3.56 by Kayakguy from Massachusetts on Jul 13, 2017
3.42 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Jun 23, 2017
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2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by TheBigBeerGuy19 from Canada (ON)

Not a fan of this beer. Was hoping for more after hearing good things from a few friends. Taste is inconsistent from beer to beer.

Jun 23, 2017
3.9 by Bhunter0812 from Massachusetts on May 28, 2017
3.19 by GFD400 from New York on Sep 29, 2016
3.65 by briandaube from Delaware on Aug 05, 2016
4 by smanson56 from New Hampshire on May 22, 2016
3.52 by paresis from Massachusetts on Feb 19, 2016
3.5 by Lare453 from Florida on Oct 25, 2015
3.75 by paulish from New York on Sep 07, 2015
3.13 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Sep 02, 2015
3.5 by mthomp081 from Delaware on Aug 19, 2015
3.35 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Jul 31, 2015
3.41 by Chuck13 from Massachusetts on Jul 23, 2015
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Had this beer on cask. Definitely made for a better tasting beer, but this beer no where near the top of my list.

May 13, 2015
4.31 by BostonTheseus from Maine on May 10, 2015
3.65 by PatGreer from Massachusetts on Apr 24, 2015
3.32 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Mar 17, 2015
2.95 by TTTBeer from Massachusetts on Jan 20, 2015
3.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 15, 2014
3.75 by Ewhite2121 from Vermont on Nov 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
by KarlosT from Massachusetts

Wow. Can't believe the high scores.

Got a flight at the Gritty McDuff's in Portland ME:
Halloween Ale
Cask Best Bitter
Maine's Best IPA
Pub Style

All were exactly the same amber color, with the same head. The aroma was exactly the same, except for the Pub Style. I also had a pint of their Black Fly Stout, which fortunately did have a different color.

I iterated between their Halloween Ale, their IPA, and their Cask Bitter. All were exactly the same, except that the Cask Bitter was slightly warmer.

When I suggested to the waitress that the beers might have been mis-poured, she said that they were correct, that she was also a bartender, and that she could tell from the color of the pours.

Assuming what I drank was correct ...

I found the beer was watery, and it was as though they used poor quality water. All their beers had an off after-taste ... as though their was a Gritty McDuffs flavor they added to all their beers (including their stout)

Mouth feel was watery. And a little evervescent ... a slight bite from the c02. Interesting, even the cask best bitter had a slight CO2 bite to it.

Very sorry I went to this pub. Food was ok. But the beers were mediocre to poor.

Oct 18, 2014
3.25 by TheMaineBeerGuy from Maine on Oct 16, 2014
4.25 by PhillyNole from Pennsylvania on Oct 01, 2014
3.5 by Sellen from Connecticut on Sep 04, 2014
3.04 by Heynau10 from North Carolina on Aug 27, 2014
3.5 by aking32753 from Massachusetts on Aug 23, 2014
3.75 by richobrien from California on Aug 11, 2014
3.5 by ScottHeidrich119 from Maine on Aug 08, 2014
3.25 by nicholasadamwalker from Virginia on Aug 08, 2014
3.75 by johnsonsf8878 from Maine on Aug 05, 2014
3.25 by Stargazer2892 from North Carolina on Jul 21, 2014
3.75 by MA08 from Massachusetts on Jul 18, 2014
3.75 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts on Jul 17, 2014
3.5 by jaywes754 from New Jersey on Jul 16, 2014
3.75 by Dbrag from Maine on Jun 18, 2014
3.5 by mick303 from Canada (ON) on Jun 03, 2014
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 196 ratings