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Best Bitter | Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rich copper coloured bitter, well hopped in the English tradition with a pleasant hop fragrance and a smooth dry finish.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by AaronHomoya:
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at C'est What? in Toronto.

Very nice appearance. Orange-amber color with a thick, tan-colored head. Slightly cloudy. Great retention throughout the experience.

Smell was a solid malt and earthy hops blend. A touch of yeastiness as well. The taste was similar, very smooth with a nice bite at the end. A real nice balance of malt and hops, in my view.

Mouthfeel was neat. Very creamy and smooth - the cask conditioning was great. Not too thick or creamy as to be out of style, but just a touch to make it interesting.

Very drinkable and something I'd definitely seek out again if in Ontario.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On cask tap at The Henry House in Halifax.
Unfiltered with 4.5% ABV
Clear copper body with a bubbly tan head.
Smooth but thin and watery body. Light carbonation.
Very weak aroma.
Mild flavor that's lightly bitter. Flavor, including bitterness, builds with repeated tasting.

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Photo of Sammy
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Session brew. Very bitter. Bitterest beer I ever drank. Go for dry hopped. Light color, no foam. Smell skunky rancid. 3 oz. sampler was more than enough for us, but we got through it. Bitter in the mouth. Can't think of any food that could accompany it, but I suppose very spicy dish Their other beers better.

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Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Bryden's into a pint glass.

Pours a golden brown with some darker reds around the edges. White head with some light retention, but leaves sheets of lace. Nose of some caramelly and lightly sugary breads, light English hops, bready malts, a touch of butter and maybe a hint of spice? Taste has more of the same caramelly toasty bread, some butter, earthy and bready English malts and some light hopping. An interesting caramelized banana note appears too; first time I've tasted some like this in the style but it remains yummy. Creamy and smooth cask mouthfeel, low carbonation, great drinkability. I'd easily put back several of these given the opportunity. Distinct from the dry-hopped version, and I can see myself enjoying this more than the dry-hopped take on occasion.

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Toronto brewpub... I'll definitely be going back for more of this one!

A: copper-caramel, off-white head.

S: British hops & pleasant fruityness; biscuity.

T: Fruity, modest British hop flavour, modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body is creamy; modest carbonation.

D: Great.

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Photo of RevCraig
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sid for opening a couple growlers.

Pours a lightly hazed amber, some orange highlights, medium sized thick white forms and settles to a thin ring around the glass, a couple spots stick.

Smell is nice, light and malty, some caramel and biscuit, floral, lots of fruity esters, nice light citrus and floral hopping, pretty delicate, a bit herbal, nice.

Taste is similar, better than I remembered this one, caramel sweetness, lightly grainy, some biscuit, floral, very fruity, with a big herbal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Pretty damn drinkable, feels a bit more bitter than usual, has a real nice kick to it. This is session city. Thanks Sid!

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Photo of John
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent bitter served cask conditioned and dry hopped. I was much more impressed with this than the Granite IPA. Not a bad all around, unoffensive session brew.

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Photo of heerboth
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this bitter is a slightly hazy golden color, pretty pale for the style, with a nice creamy pancake like head. Aroma of floral hops, bready malt and some fruityness. The taste is well balanced but could use just a little more bitterness. It was served at just below room temperature, and has minimal carbonation. This made for a great, smooth almost oily mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel colour with a dense head of fine bubbles. It left a thick layer of foam on the glass, good retention. Mild citrus/floral hops in the nose, a bit of orange and faint pine. Not much in the way of malt here, but that's okay since the hops are quite pleasant. Moderate bitterness backed up by mild caramel sweetness. Orange citrus hop flavour throughout with a short, off-dry finish. Lighter body without becoming too thin. Definitely a good session beer. For some reason I've been enjoying Granite's product more as guest beer at other establishments and I don't remember this one being as good when I visited the brewpub. Maybe it was just an off cask. Anyhow, I'm glad I gave this beer another try.

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Photo of brewerhophead
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler at the brewery. On the back of the bottle it says that the beer is "taken directly from our brewing vessels" I'm not sure what exactly that means, but it seems like it means the beer is NOT taken from the bright tank, because it is virtually flat. No discernible carbonation. Therefore no head. Colour is orange/copper. Smell is mildly pine/resin but not offensive. Taste is medium pine/citrus hop, giving way to a roasty malt and then mild honey flavours. Mouthfeel is thinnish, but that is mostly because of the lack of any carbonation. Drinkability is ok. Seems to be missing something but I can't put my finger on it. Could be again the lack of carbonation that is throwing me off. I'd love to try this on tap at the brewery. Not as good as I had heard. Looking forward to trying some of their other brews.

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Photo of dreamchaser
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very soft and slightly mineral. Slight citrus and woodsy hop aroma. Earthy finish. Mouthfeel mildly milky and smooth. Not what I expected but an interesting Canadian take on an English style, which I always appreciate. Overall, nice flavourful sessionable beer.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: citrus, grass, sweet bread, nutty, caramel. The malt dominates.

Looks: Copper/ brown. Small head. Poor retention. Little lace.

Taste: More malt flavour than hops. Some citrus & spice. Some bitterness in the finish. Nutty.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Low carbonation, seemed a bit watery... I think they were going for a cask conditioned mouthfeel (it wasn't).

Overall, it was very easy to drink... a sessionable brew without a doubt.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bobsy
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been going to the Granite for several years now, but have always overlooked the regular bitter in preference for some of the other beers on tap. Last night I had a pint with my dinner so I could compare it to the Best Bitter Special, which is one of the best bitters I've ever found.

Pours a hazy amber with a finger of white head that quickly dropped to a film, leaving a few spots of lace on the way. Certainly not a great appearance, but not displeasing to the eye. The nose places emphasis on the hopping, with floral and citrus notes complimenting resin. While its certainly hoppy, its not in the league of an IPA, and seems more defined by a lack of malt. The floral and citrus hops come through again in the flavour, though this time there's some light biscuit malt in the background. I find it strange how the malt is downplayed in comparison to the Best Bitter Special, which is essentially the same recipe, but dry hopped. I think that perhaps a feature of the Granite's cask conditioning of the special is that it helps punch up the malt base and create a fine balance. The body is slightly lighter than average for a bitter, but again suffers in comparison to its cask conditioned brother, which exposes a lack of complexity and depth.

I can see why this is called Best Bitter, whereas the dry hopped is Best Bitter Special. This beer doesn't have the balance or depth of the Special and won't be a repeat order for me when the Granite do so many other tasty brews.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange with a very nice creamy head of tan foam with excellent lacing.

S - Light toasty malt with orange and grapefruit notes.

T - Slightly tart edge up front. Grainy malt and solid citrusy hops. Very well balanced.

M - Not especially creamy, but a nice rich body and light carbonation. Served a little too cold IMO.

D - Overall, a very nice session beer. Very drinkable and a good bit hoppier than expected.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Best Bitter from Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 25 ratings