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Alaskan Bitter Billiken Ale

Alaskan Bitter Billiken Ale
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Bitter Billiken Ale is a medium-bodied, deceptively-sessionable ale brewed as an Americanized version of the classic English Best Bitter style. Slightly darker than the traditional Best Bitter, the Billiken glows a rich chestnut color, echoing the complex and European-focused malt flavors. Nutty, toasted almond, biscuity, and toffee malt flavors flirt with hints of wheat and chocolate. Fruity hop aroma and flavor with notes of mango, tropical fruit, strawberry and subtle resin is imparted by hearty dry-hopping using several U.S. hop varieties, including Simcoe, Bravo and El Dorado—a new hop variety harvested for the first time in 2010. The result is a quick burst of hop fruitiness, aroma and flavor that does not overwhelm the complex malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2014
On tap at WOB in Arlington. Light amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of nuts, light pine, caramel, mango, and light booze. Taste is of biscuit, nuts, light booze, mango, pine, grass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Clear amber color with ivory head. Earthy, spicy hop, bready, caramel aromas. Medium body. Light toast, bready flavors with mild spicy hoppage___easy smooth finish--not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Draft at seattle taproom at seatac. Big pine and citrus (grapefruit) aroma. Some biscuit underneath. Pours clear amber, minimal white head. Good lacing. Taste: actually almost some smoky chocolate in there. Toast, biscuit. Minimal sweetness, short light pleasant bitterness at the end; short crisp finish. Light body, smooth and almost creamy texture. Pleasant toasty biscuit aftertaste. Overall: quite nice, really. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Draft at sb. Pours a hazy dark amber with a loose white head. Light sheeting lace. Big sweet caramel and soft toffee on the nose, also showing light fruity grapefruit hop. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty caramel mid palate with lively carb. Soft molasses and toffee notes, balanced by gentle hoppy grapefruit. Mild caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Tap at Happy Gnome. Slightly murky amber orange pour with a frothy white head. Earthy and dusty, some mild caramel, maybe some cardboard. Not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11480) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
On draught at Seattle Taproom at the airport. Pours a clear amber color with a medium foamy white head that dissipates gradually to a film. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, hops and caramel. Light to medium body with flavors of roasted malt, earthy hops and sweet caramel. The finish is malty and fruity. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2013
When I ordered this from the menu, I thought (assumed) the "bitter" in the name implied a West Coast hop monster. But in fact, I just now learned, I was getting a Bitter by style, and in fact, the English qualities are in evidence. Not extraordinarily so, as I didn’t see anything that screamed "English" but it did have a really noticeable malt backbone and hop/malt balance. The hops were quite mild in fact. Decent drinker. (on tap, Groveland Tap, St. Paul)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice malt and hops balance. There is a interesting hint of bittering hops in the finish and this is also a darker than usual beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy fruit bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Draft: Poured an orange dirty brown with off white head. Aroma is malty light hops. Soft bitter front that leaves way for some semi sweet malt.

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