hoppybeerlover (42) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice example of a bitter. Some malt flavors, caramel, nice bracing bitterness. Light hop, ester nose, a nice beer to drink in volume.
Ferris (1865) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Caramel, grains and a bitterness. Clear gold with a thin white head. Tastes just as it smells, bitterness is a little higher than expected for an English style, but still good. A slight perfume in the finish.
Freaky_tiki (361) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from growler is dirty copper with vague dish soap cap. Water & chocolate on the tongue. Thought I’d have something more to say.
DerWeg (1425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Long bitter grassy hop finish. Opens with pale and peachy fruit, spicy peppery hop. Foggy orange gold with whisper of white head. Mild aromas of fruit. Overall very aggressive dry palate.
HeistAlmighty (1030) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Draft sample at Henry House. Poured with a small, foamy head, very little lacing. Amber/orange colour. Slight sour aroma. Thin, mildly bitter taste. Flat body. Pretty much everything I dislike about English bitters faithful recreated in Canada. The Best Bitter Special is better in pretty much every way.
solidfunk (2780) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Although Granite’s best bitter special is superior (this one has a touch less hops etc.), this one is certainly not a bad bitter by any means. Almost has a sweet aroma, though the taste is solid hops without the sweetness. On tap at Toronto.
Spab (2086) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear rubyish orange with small soapy off-white head. Aroma is toffee with some fruit and light floral hops. Flavour is quite toffee-ish with more restrained fruitiness and floral hops. Lightly carbonated. Ok, but not my favourite Granite beer.
rejtable (1121) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice easy session beer. Very approachable. Bitter end. Lighter mouthfeel for me than with the Special Bitter. Still a solid beer.
DuffMan (6073) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ The Henry House in Halifax, enjoyed as part of a tasting tray. Clear medium amber, low head, low carbo. Lighter body with floral hop character on toffee, with hints of chocolate. Smooth cask mouthfeel.
rederic (2846) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Toronto location, amber-orange color, with a big pillowy white-beige head, nice fruity, floral hop nose of ripe apples, citrus skin, with a mild leafy, grassy accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good floweery hoop leafy, grassy, citrusy, minty character with some lemon, grapefruit rind flavours, and a herbal bitter cloverleaf undertone, leading towards a fruity, lemony, citrusy, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.