Dogbite Bitter | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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83
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62 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States
vermontbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of zotzot
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nebula1999
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psweendogg
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of amalburg
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of founddrama
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild bitterness front to back, but with a little malt sweetness on the tail. Smooth medium-bodies mouthfeel. Aroma is oddly metallic, but otherwise no strong smells. Color is coppery amber; pretty well clarified but not much carbonation.

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Photo of fastestmanalive
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of flipper2gv
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

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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Photo of Geekydad79
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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Photo of patrick802
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Ewhite2121
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Dogbite Bitter from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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