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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   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.

TheHOFF43's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1749) - 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..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MNAle (20) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mothergoose311 (24) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3219) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (714) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Draft. Dark copper with small off white head and nice lacing. Aroma of malt sweetness, light floral notes, and nut. Medium body, nut, caramel, and light bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2201) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Can. Really nice aroma. Unique for an ESB in that it has more of an American hop aroma. Dark reddish brown with a thin off white head. Excellent, layered sheet lace. ESBs must be a tough style for American brewers to master as most do not capture the essence of a true English ESB. This one does it better than most. Subtle bready bitterness in the finish. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilnatp (563) - Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2014
Tap. Pour was into a Nalgene so not much could be discerned. Nice fluffy off-white head. Being thirst, my first impression was how nicely it drank. Easy to gulp down a few refreshing mouthfuls. Malt, roast, caramel, and citrus on the nose. Taste is very well balanced between the sweet sugars and bitter hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freshkleen (5) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2014 does not count
A decent beer from a fine brewery. This is a good ESB, but it doesn’t stand up to their more layered, distinctive ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1100) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pour from a 12 oz. can. Scents of cracker, minerals, biscuit, shortbread cookie, canned peaches, and caramel. Pours a mostly clear, dull copper with perhaps a slight haze. Moderate effervescence. Moderate amount of light taupe head. Nice color to the liquid and nice shade of cream in the head. Flavors of toffee, brown sugar, caramel, cream, lime, minerals, dirt, and cookie. Really quite tasty. Burnt sugar aftertaste. Soft and insubstantial in the palate. I am being a tough rater, but this is an enjoyable and likable though subtle (in the sense of being the opposite of overwhelming) brew and a very good ESB. This is probably my favorite of the half dozen or so Bent Paddle beers I have sampled thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1960) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
Draft sample. Amber in colour with moderate carbonation. Clean pale malt and restrained orchard fruit are the dominant aromas. Flavor wise, there’s a good balance of orchard and sweet citrus fruits, herbal hops, and toffee. Medium bodied with a solid level of bitterness. Definitely less sweet or fruity than a lot of ESBs, which is to its benefit. Very nice overall.

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