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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 (1771) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1630) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2015
On tap at bent paddle taproom, pours a clear copper with a medium khaki head. Dry caramel and toffee malt aroma. Light citrus hop and bitterness into dry caramel and toffee malt. Pleasent and drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Obfuscate (228) - Minneapolis, - FEB 28, 2015
Copper in color with off white/light khaki head. Drinks easy enough and I like to try local beers. OK.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2572) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2015
12 oz can pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, roast, grain, earth, and hint of citrus. Taste is grains and some hoppy bitterness.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Prufrockstar (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Can, thanks to Bacterial. Pours a clear dark copper with creamy white head, good retention. Aroma of bread, damp leaves, acrid caramel, decay. I confess to not being a regular ESB drinker, but this smells off to me. Taste (sweet, deep caramel, mild bitterness) isn’t wholly unpleasant, but doesn’t completely escape the nose. Palate: medium body, aggressive carbonation. Overall: I’ll give this one another go on draft next time I’m in MN.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4563) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (7590) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2656) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1644) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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)


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