Brewed by Bath
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bristol, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Bottle conditioned. Also available in cask at 4.1%. Ratings for the cask version should be entered under Bath Gem (cask)

A rich aroma of hops and malt develops a full texture in the mouth. It has a long, deep, bitter-sweet finish. Without doubt an exceptional best bitter.

Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt. Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
strawman (26) - - JUL 29, 2012
Bottles from Sainsburys. Light copper colour with an off-white head. Decent carbonation, with mid range head retention, but good lacing. Slight metallic twang, certainly not unpalatable. Well rounded bitterness and a dry aftertaste. Would quite like to find a cask example for comparison. Reasonably nice beer, could easilly drink more than one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyit (3445) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2014
Clear copper of color with an off white head. An aroma of hops, raisins, bread and grass. A flavor of raisins, bread and grass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (632) - NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
Clear copper. Off-white head. Aroma of amber malt and berries. Good taste drinkability and similarly good, but slightly short, aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (506) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle at home from Waitrose. Colour is rich copper red with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, and malt. Flavour is malty, nutty, with caramel and a touch of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (2272) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2014
Egenimportert flaske delt med Ovesen: fint beige skum som lander raskt . Klar, kobberfarge. Lett aroma, lett munnfylde - glir ubesværet over drøvelen, og lett bitterhet i ettersmaken. Myk og avrundet. Grei nok, men ingen personlighet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (597) - SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Red copper ale limited aroma taste is red berries some toffee and carmel slightly earthy notes sweet finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (3584) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear copper colour with small to average, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Minimally earthy, malty aroma, a touch of toffee, minimally fruity overtones. Taste is malty with a touch of toffee, fruity hoppy overtones with hints of red berries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1073) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2014
Absolutely splendid ESB. I look for I. This style maltiness and slippery mouthfeel. Gem has both in spades. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (232) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 13, 2014
Pours light amber, slightly hazy. Almost no head. Aroma of hay and herbs. Silky, round mouthfeel. Medium-to-full body, more than usual for an English ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarauckelman (155) - Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 13, 2014
Clear reddish brown shading down to light orange at the bottom of the glass; nice fine upright bubbles, little head. Minerally aroma with hints of brown bread. Taste is of strong minerals and brown bread, too. The mouthfeel is a little bit oily. A very solid ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dashimus (218) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper red with a medium thick white head that isn’t long lasting. Roasted malts, almost burnt, caramel, earth, Apple and pass and finally nuts. Flavour is moderately bitter but very short lived. Medium sweetness. Well balanced. Thin to medium bodied with initially good carbonation that fades fast.

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