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Dogbite Bitter | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic, well balanced ESB brewed with traditional East Kent Golding and Fuggles hops. There is a big, fierce earthy hop bite complemeted by a well rounded, flavorful and malty body. A very bright beer with a rich, deep amber appearance. A Pub favorite for over 18 years!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bigone4
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the brew pub during the 2007 VT Brewers Fest. It poured with a nice creamy off-white head. There was mild lacing left down the sides of he pint glass. The color was a brownish red color more like a light mahogany. When back lit the color was a darker brownish orange color. The smell was quite sweet with malt and caramel tones. There was a hop oil scent mixed in the nose. The malt certainly was the most predominant scent. Very full bodied and chewy in the mouth. Great mouth feel and drink ability. Rolling malt tones give way to a nice bitterness in the back of the mouth. The dry hop finish is quite refreshing and enjoyable. This is a true to style ESB in my book. Classic malt tones balanced out with a nice hop profile. As the beer comes to room temperature many new flavors are unlocked, especially a rather roasted malt flavor and some subtle alcohol notes. This is one steadfast brew that will never loose its following. Certainly proves to be a very well crafted and dependable flavored brew. This is one of my favorites on tap at the VPB besides there IPA. I have also had this one from the growler and it holds its flavor and carbonation very well.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vermont Pub & Brewery on 6/12/11.

A - Slightly hazed coppery liquid with apricot hues and a creamy off-white head that dispersed thick splashes of lace around the glass.

S - Toffee and lightly toasted grains paired with light hops, the latter of which impart hints of flowers and subtle perfumes as well as citrus fruit.

T - Amazing balance of sweet and bready, biscuity malt and light floral and citrusy hops. This is what an ESB is all about - balance. Nice grainy finish with a light pinch of hop bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Finishes with minimal hop bitterness amid some residual malt sweetness on the palate.

D - Fantastic ESB that is easy to quaff... the way it should be. Great session beer and quite possibly my favorite of the Vermont Pub & Brewery's line-up on that particular day.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bit hoppier than the tap version, with a noticable dry hopping to the aroma. The appearance is the same, with better head retention. Much more pungent floral hoppiness, which adds a touch more bittering in the finish. The malt seems a bit richer, with a more pronounced toasty flavor and a bit more caramel sweetness, which balances out the amplified hopping perfectly. Slightly fuller body, with ultra smooth, soft carbonation and a bit richer of a mouthfeel. Almost a bit chewy, with a touch of peach esteriness.
If this is on the beer engines when you visit, do yourself a favor and get a pint.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

On tap at the brewery.

A: It looks like an ESB. Dark orange color with a tan head.

S: You get the usual malty sweetness, light hops (grass, citruses).

T: Typically british, good amounts of minerals, solid malt backbone in the shape of brown sugar, grassy hoppinness and some citrus like notes too.

M: Between light and medium body. It has the typical ESB mouthfeel that I find very hard to describe.

D: This is a British style beer, and as such, it is very drinkable.

This is a very well executed beer from a style that is EXTREMELY hard to succeed. I really don't understand such low scores on a beer this good.

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4.04/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vermont Pub- Dogbite Bitter

Appearance- Dark mahogany brown with a medium head and decent lacing.
Smell- Nutty caramel malt and grainy bread aroma. Wheat, sunflower seeds, oats.
Taste- Nice hazelnut meets caramel malt. Dry nutty earthy hops blend in evenly.
Mouthfeel- Flavor is big and holds up throughut. some dry bitterness in he end.

Overall- The best offering at the Vermont pub. Definitely worth stopping off here for just this beer alone.

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of John
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very smooth and satisfying brew. Amber colored with ballsy malt character and assertive hop "bite". A pleasure to drink (several). I setteld into a few of these on a fairly recent visit. Cool British atmosphere to the pub.

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Photo of mhatters
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonick glass at the brewery

Pours a light copper color, hazy with a thick, firm white head

The nose has lots of caramel malts and floral hops, a good english style. Creamy off-cask, the dry hopping comes through at the finish with a nice, biting floral note.

This is so easy to drink, great mouthfeel, and a classic session beer. Have many.

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a mahogny with a large foamy head. The smell is all hops. The taste has a creamy hop bitterness with some cider spices. The m/f is medium with the flavors being well balanced. This is one of this pubs better offerings and one of the better ESB's I've had.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%

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

On tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a glossy hazy orange with a slight transparency running about it. Slim white bar pour’s kind of head coats the top. The smell had that sweet ESB-ish apple I normally associate with the style with an undercarriage of glazed of caramel malts to balance nicely. The taste was there enveloping the prior flavors to balance. There’s barely any aftertaste nor finish but that’s okay given it’s an ESB. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs smooth to give off a nice creamy texture typically associated with the style. Overall, as an ESB it works and I wouldn’t mind having again with some fish n’chips.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured round bready malts and a grassy hop spice.

The taste consisted of toasted bready malts, a touch of honey and an herbal and grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a gentle carbonation.

Overall a tasty sessionable bitter.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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

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

Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint glass at Vermont Pub and Brewery (Burlington, VT).

A: Bright beer, clear caramel color with 1-finger of frothy, foamy beige head with good retention and leaves a collar of lace. (4.25)

S: Soft malty aromas with bread and cracker, medium caramel, and earthy, herbal hopping with a hint of grassy citrus. (3.5)

T: I liked the flavor of this beer overall, but it finishes a bit too sweet, but the profile is pleasant enough. The bready maltiness is present in the start and carries through to a sweet medium caramel note. The hops cut in with a good dose of bitterness, medium at least, but doesn't leave a lot of hop flavor. I think the finish would seem less sweet if the hops flavor was increased. Yeast esters of light fruitiness are there but mild. (3.75)

M: Good mouthfeel on this beer, served with low carbonation, with a light-medium body with a creamy texture that is really enjoyable and is the best feature of this beer. (4.25)

O: I was a little bit pleasantly surprised by this beer -- it brings a creamy mouthfeel with an interesting blend of maltiness with bready, crackery, and medium caramel notes, and then a little plum, probably from special roast or similar malt. A little sweet in the finish but with plenty of bitterness through the early- and mid-palate to be a satisfying session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Dogbite Bitter from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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