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Against the Grain Full Special Bitter

Against the Grain Full Special Bitter
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   IBU: 49   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Those Brits have made a few good ales here and there. This is our take on an aggressive English Bitter. A good base of highly modified English malt forms the canvas for the subtle interplay of wheat, rye, and caramel malts. The main show, though, is the dominant English hop character. A blend of English Phoenix, First Goldings, and East Kent Goldings really highlight the stereotypical flavors of English hops. Look for grassy, bitter, earthy, and slightly spicy notes in a hop profile that spends more time on the tongue than the nose.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpiritToAle (32) - - FEB 18, 2014
This is a gorgeous cask conditioned ale. Perfect copper coloring and a nice tight bubbled head. The lacing is gorgeous and hard to describe. It's almost atmospheric with high cloud cover snowing heavily on a little smurf village. Very traditional in flavor. Strong bitterness from all the English style hops and that almost musty flavor. A fine ESB ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3662) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Tap: Clear, orange-amber with a short, off-white head. Tobacco smoke, bitter nut aroma. Leafy, earthy hopping, almost tangy taste. A very nice take on the style.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ContemplateBeer (1542) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Aroma: Rye and caramel with some woody, earthy hops. Complex, but murky. Appearance: Dark copper with a light white head. Flavor: Rye bread and caramel malts up front with a very bitter grassy/earthy presence toward the finish. Not just assertive, but overwhelming. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, flat carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: A bitter taken to an extreme; this did not work for me, unfortunately.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
On tap at the brewpub
This was the second sample and a nice transition towards the higher gravity offerings. A solid bitter ale is a bit hoppier than the typical British version but for an American interpretation very enjoyable.

Aroma / Appearance - The caramel bronze body retains a soft white presence for a head. Maple, soft hops, and a gentle woody foundation tie together a simple pleasant nose.

Flavor / Palate - Starting from the creamy smooth mouthfeel the profile is well balanced, flavorful, but does not fatigue the palate. Tea, malt, and caramel linger briefly before fading on the back of the throat. It could be a little more malt forward. Overall though this is as good an example of a fresh bitter as you will find on this side of the ocean.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Sampled at the brewery. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, dough, and floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not a bad beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (2923) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Growler. Toasty barley malt and hay aroma. Clear copper with a small white head. Toasty caramel malt and grassy/herbal bitter flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Tap sample at ATG. Poured clear golden pour with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate complex drak balanced aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3998) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Draught at brewery. Nice yellow ish pour. Bitter in taste. Hoppy overall. Slight caramel in finish. Quite enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7606) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Draft. Light lemon, barley malt and hay aroma. Cloudy golden yellow with small head. Earthy barley malt and moderately bitter grass/hay flavor. Solid - on the hoppy side.


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