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Gritty McDuffs Best Bitter

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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10841) - Free Union, Virginia, 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 (3821) - 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 (3839) - 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 (9768) - 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 (6036) - 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 (974) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Cask at the brewpub. A clear, dark golden beer with a small off-white head. Fruity, lightly malty aroma. Pine cones, grass and a hint of something toffee-like. It’s super smooth and soft on the palate, full bodied and quite dry. Bread-like malts, pine cones and grass in the flavor, flower hints, soft bitterness. Lasting fruity finish. Quenching, easy drinkable and a bit too British. 150609

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (9823) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Cask @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub, Portland, ME
Pours clear golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, biscuit, caramel and grass. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long malty, biscuit and caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
tfontana (208) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle from Epsom Circle Market. Aroma is grassy/herb/salad and a little bit like Elmer’s Glue. Appearance is hazy gold with good sparkle and massive fluffy white head (actually a little annoying) and copious splotchy foamy lacing. Taste starts sweet, like white wine and then turns as if wine that has gone over (perhaps my beer had?) and a little sour. Palate is thin, light bodied with absent carbonation and I don’t know if I’d call it a finish or just a bad taste left in my mouth. Brew date was 2/15 so shouldn’t be spoiled by now. I think it’s just a rotten beer; I poured the remainder of it out--most of the 22 ounces. At this point I’ve learned my lesson--I have never liked anything brewed by this brewer and this will be the last beer of theirs I try.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
LuckyDog (614) - - APR 23, 2015
I don’t see a lot of bitters here in the U.S. This one is pretty good. Moderate bitterness. Low malt.

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