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Gritty McDuffs Best Bitter

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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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! Hops: Yakima Goldings.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jow (3512) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Cask at brewpub. Amber pour. Nose is faint caramel and cardboard. Tastes of caramel, earth, hops, floral, cardboard and sweet berry. mild palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (1109) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours copper with fluffy white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and red berries. Body is medium and smooth. Earthy hops, caramel malt and red fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and peppery. Good overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaser (5681) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Poured from draft at the Grittys taproom in Portland Maine. Orange with white head. Earthy and wheat. I guess it's cask and should be good. I am choking on it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (17224) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2015
Cask at GBBF ’15, day 3, 13/08/15. Had this juan at the brew pub in ’05 pre RB days! Golden copper with a decent egg shell white covering. Nose is nutty, toffee, biscuit malt, fruit peel. Taste comprises mellow fruit, caramel, light spice, airy malt base, biscuit crumble. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a bitter bite. Decent enough bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2015
LSAT Freedom Trip #46. Keg at the Auburn location. Clear copper, thin foamy white head, good retention. Aroma of toasted malts, berries, floral hops, grain. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, mild hoppy finish. Medium bodied, low carbonation, drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DiarmaidBHK (4232) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Sample at brewpub. Pours copper hued an with a thin white head. Not much on the nose. A bit malty on the tongue with a faint hop presence. Finished clean. Eh! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6573) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2015
Cask, gravity dispense at GBBF 2015. Dark orange, still, small foamy white head. Aroma is resinous, toffee, gluey. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is gluey, toffee, resin with some caramelised fruits. It’s a fairly accurate copy of a mediocre traditional British bitter. Not what American breweries have become famous for, but OK in its own right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2015
Cask at GBBF 2015. It pours clear deep amber with a decent white head. The nose is soft, brown bread, wood, leather, toasty cereal, varnish, apricot and mild toffee. The taste is bitter, toasty, grainy, caramel, toffee, peach, grainy, leather, peach pie, chalkiness, wood with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Ho hum pseudo - bitter. Nothing specifically wrong, just basic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2015
Cask gravity at gbbf 2015 day 3. Aroma is light mineral, hedgerow hop, berry, . clear golden orange coloured pour with s lasting off white head. Flavour is composed of nutty stale malts, berry, mineral, orange chalky. Palate is dry, mineral. Moderate carbonation. OK. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (1083) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin white head that fades quickly. Nose is faint grain and malt. Taste is mildly bitter. Medium body. Decent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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