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Brewed by 4 Pines Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Sydney, Australia
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A full flavoured, amber coloured English ale. Rich toffee and raisin sweetness from the malt, balanced with a firm bitterness and a fresh, herbal hop aroma.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmar33 (70) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2014
Tap @ Brewery. ESB’s are not really my thing, but I found I enjoyed this. Good full bodied malty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Caramel and toffee malt aromas provide a background for spicy and fruity hops notes. Citrus and fruity hops up front lead into toffee malt and candied fruits in the mid-palate. Floral and fruity hops come through in the finish. This is an impressive attempt at an ESB by a non-English brewer, something which is always hard to find.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebigkahuna (27) - - JAN 19, 2014
Very bitter stout tasting beer. 500ml bottles hic...............................................

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Reddish-amber. Aroma is earthy, sweet caramel, light bitterness. Not hugely impressive...maybe disappointing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
M_Sack (275) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber with a thin brown/white head and quite heavy lacing. Grainy aromas of bread dough, caramel malt, dried fruit and a spicy hop note towards the end. Big, caramel malt, bread dough flavours, interspersed with a touch of dried fruits sweetness and a citrus/spice hop clean up. Really rich, creamy mouthfeel with perfectly low carbonation, just how a English style bitter should be.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (414) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Mid brown, small creamy head, caramel, toffee, earthy hops, slightly spicy, subtle bitter finish, quite good.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonnyguns (793) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle. Poured a deep brown/copper. Nose has nuts, carmael malt and roasted coffee. Taste is pretty lacklustre. Good smelling beer but taste lets it down

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (763) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2013
BB 06/08/2014. Poured a translucent coppery amber colour with a one- to two-finger beige coloured foamy head that retained a while but then collapsed. Laced poorly. Low carbonation with a few large bubbles. Aroma subtle of sweet fruity malt and a trace of floral hops. Taste of sweet malts followed by low level hops bitterness. Light body. Finish is long and of quite nice bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dervock (404) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle - pours deep copper with an off white head. Caramel and biscuit malt with hints of vanilla and dried fruit. Sweet toffee malt up front.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jado (437) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2013
From 500 ml bottle. Pours a clear russet red with a soapy off-white head and light carbonation. Aromas are gentle, but I pick up scents of caramel, malt, flowers and dried fruit (raisins). The taste kicks off with dark fruit - like stewed plums - and sweet malt, then a roasty bitterness in the mid-palate. There’s a lighter fruity finish before a biscuity, spicy aftertaste. Nice.


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