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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16882) - 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. Its 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 (11233) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Cask @ Gritty McDuffs 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 (911) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle from Epsom Circle Market. Aroma is grassy/herb/salad and a little bit like Elmers 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 dont know if Id call it a finish or just a bad taste left in my mouth. Brew date was 2/15 so shouldnt be spoiled by now. I think its just a rotten beer; I poured the remainder of it out--most of the 22 ounces. At this point Ive 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 (615) - - APR 23, 2015
I dont see a lot of bitters here in the U.S. This one is pretty good. Moderate bitterness. Low malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle from a friend from notes. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale malts, caramel, moderate sweetness, grass, herbal notes, tea, mild to moderate bitterness, very average stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlovell2 (2034) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2014
On tap at Freeport location. Pours Amber with white head. Biscuity malt aroma with caramel. Sweet caramel malt start with some biscuity malt notes and a dry pine hop finish. Some yeast spiciness. Nice bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Draft Freeport brewpub. Copper. Malty caramel aroma. Biscuit and hoppy pine in the taste with herbal notes. Nice bitterness that builds up. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bomber purchased at the brewpub. Brown color. Very little aroma. Flavor has a hint of caramel, nuts, and dry malt. Dry, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (5021) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a brown body and has a thick, lumpy white head that lasts for about forty seconds. Some carbonation is seen rising with minimal lacing around the glass. The smell was malty with some earthy hops, some nuttiness comes out as the beer warms. The taste was centered around the malts and it gives a pretty good sweet yet earthy and slightly bitter flavors. Everything is balanced pretty well. Some apple comes out once the beer warms. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, and had the right amount of carbonation that is felt on the tongue. Overall, this was a pretty good beer that I would have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (3764) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2014
On tap at Deschutes Portland brewpub, as "Grittys Best Bitter." Collaboration with Gritty McDuffs, brewed in Portland, OR (not Portland, ME). Rich caramel nose. Dark reddish color. Tasty caramel initial / hoppy, spicey, and a bit salty in mid / light wheat notes come in the finish. Medium body, with a bit of astringency. Rich stuff. More like a pale ale with extra caramel notes. Definitely a NW bitter.

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