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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bochi23 (116) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bottle hand delivered to me from ME. Was very tasty. I wish that I would have had more to really do a worthwhile review... but my first impression was very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Cask at the brewpub. Pours a mostly clear tea color with no visible carbonation or head. Light aroma of grass, tea, and pale malts. Flavor of tea, grass, cereal grains, and smooth, sweet malts. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Decent.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3247) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
Bready earthy malt backing. Light herbal happiness. Cask Tap at brewpub

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MiP (13596) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Almost clear light amber colour. Very low carbonation. Earth flavour. Grainy finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gary (1369) - chill and boost, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2010
( cask GBBF). I think this was my second take on an American íBitterí (other being from Rougue) considering its the quintessential style for us Britons , i had to sample it. Caramel like maltiness like customs....appley esters ...a bit toasty and then cloying. Not bad . Its not a style I love, so it is what it is.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 5, 2010
This used to be one of my favorite beers but the quality has slipped a bit. Floral hops and butterscotch tones in the aroma. Thin white head and no lacing on very slightly hazy copper ale. Light carbonation with the bitterness up front fading to a carmel malt finish. Again some butterscotch notes. Body is too thin and that detracts a bit from the flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30909) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2010
From cask. Pours cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is mild brett and wooden. Light orange fruity. Sweet and fruity, light grapefruity bitterness coming through. Ends smooth fruity and mild bitter into a dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1282) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
06/2007: The look is a dark "pumpkin ale" orange. Hazy, but there are thousands of microscopic carbonation bubbles floating upward. Only a thin dishsoap film of head. It looks nice enough, although there is a paltry amount of lace. The aroma is a bitter-malt ale smell, backed by a heavy hit of what seems to be ringwood yeast. Smells like an ale plus the dry, bready yeast. Some dry malt character and a light hop presence. Yeast is heavy, hops are estery. Tastes like a real English bitter, *not* an IPA. Has the dry English ale taste. Hops and malt are strictly bitter, not flowery or grapefruity like an IPA. The bitterness hits the back of the tongue, and the yeast is the key element that separates it. Itís thick-bodied, nice and chunky. So very dry, so very English. Smooth, but does leave a film. Itís delicious, dry, yeasty, and bitter (a bitter thatís actually bitter!). Repeats more than welcome.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber body with a white head. Sweet caramel notes, light bitter pine and noble hop character. Dry woodiness with some toasted malt. A decent ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 30, 2009
A: Poured on cask at the brewpub in Portland. Came with virtually no head at all... maybe just a thin film on top of the beer. However, there was still fair lacing left behind while drinking. Body is a dark amber color, and clear. S: I donít really detect much here, to be honest. A slight bitterness, but thatís all. T: Decent flavor of moderate bitterness, with a dry finish. Nothing thatís going to knock your socks off, however. M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation. D: Itís fine, really... but, nothing that really makes you want to come racing back for another.


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