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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Our well rounded approach to the classic British ale. There’s middle of the road, and then there’s middle of the river, and if there’s one thing that’s important in the middle of the river, it’s balance.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bent Paddle does it again. Pours a hazy amber with cool spotted head. Lots of citrus on the nose, nice malt backbone, could slay a 6er of this no problem..


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
On tap. Aroma is perfectly balanced toffee and earthy UK hops with some sweety maltiness throughout. Almost clear orange-amber under a persistent wispy white top and collar. Sweet brown sugar and toffee malt flavour with potent earthy hops flavour and bitterness. Very light citrus fermentation esters. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Reddened amber pour. Aroma shows biscuit malt, autumn leaves, lingonberry or cranberry, brown sugar. Low crystal notes. Classically understated; the layering of the malt feels a little flimsy. A touch of hamster cage must is strangely pleasant here. Nut skin and floral notes compose a quietly bitter flavor. The crystal shading is gaining momentum and spreading out its icy, slick bittersweetness. The baked bread and caramel malt foundation is supportive enough. The body is crisp, and fairly clean, but sometimes feels stripped for depth. Honey and distant berry notes in a somewhat watery finish. Pretty good style representation here, with some of the usual qualities I don’t care for being more prominent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6417) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Pour on tap at Beer Dabbler, hazy orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of bread, toast, orange, cherry, hints of caramel, toffee, spicy notes as well come through. Taste is a mix of bread, toast, dough, yeast, some caramel, toffee, some slight red fruit and grass, spice, finishing bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MNAle (37) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Nice aroma. Dark brown color. Nice cream head, dissipates in a few minutes. Hops are evident, but the malt taste is also there; a very good balance. This is a well done interpretation of an English bitter. This beer has a more substantial body and mouth feel than does the Badger Hill MSB, and is not as hoppy as the Surly Bitter Brewer (both local MN interpretations of ESB). In fact, this now supplants the Surly as my favorite local bitter, unless I am looking for having more than 2... the Surly’s lower ABV is its only advantage over the 14 degree ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mothergoose311 (26) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Served in a 12 oz. can. Pours a dark copper color with a slight white head. Slight malt flavor with hoppy aroma. Good flavor! Nice ESB!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt4054 (35) - Cottage Grove, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Extra bitter beer that is pretty good. I’m usually not a big bitter fan, but I do like this beer. Nice smell and flavor. Good hops. I like Bent Paddle’s other options more, but this is definitely worth trying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
12 oz can purchased as a single at France 44 in Minneapolis. The pour is a slightly hazed orange golden with a brilliant and well formed 1/2 inch light tan head. Nice lace coats the glass. The aroma is caramel malt with fresh floral hops all in nice balance. The taste is crisp clean straight forward flavors of the nose (caramel malt and the floral hops). The palate is medium bodied with soft natural carbonation and mineral along with some gypsum almost metallic in the finish. Tasty, easy drinking beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Copper-toned beer. Meaty malt drinker wtih toffee and mealy wheat bread character, then a tight, sharp and tangy finish. (#5672, 8/29/2014)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (6973) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Sampled on nitro at Republic. Pours a clear amber with a creamy brown head that lasts throughout the beer and laces. Aroma has sweet grains with a touch of darkness and toffee. Flavor has toffee and slightly dark grains throughout with a touch of butterscotch in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Deep ruby copper color with a medium head. Caramel, toffee, and floral aroma. Light biscuity flavor. Mild bitterness. Slightly earthy. Medium body. One of the better US made ESBs I’ve had.


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