Brewed by Clocktower Brewpub
Style: Bitter
Ottawa, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   ABV: -
Traditional English-style esb, copper-coloured & extremely drinkable; floral hop aromas supported by a malty profile to balance this classic style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mnurda (1214) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
On tap at bank street location. Not the best nose. No hoppy taste like I was expecting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Nice clear copper amber with a decent white head that laces the glass. Aroma has some good toasty caramalts and burnt toffee, with minor hop presence in background. Flavour is very good, same burnt toffee upfront, orange ester playing a significant background role, and rounding out with some minor hop flavour. Residual sweetness and malt afternotes. Very enjoyable, I could drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
In short: A grainy toasted amber ale with some leafy hops. Decent beer.
How: Tap at brewpub, Bank street location
The look: Mostly clear orange-copper body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose has some timid leafy hops over some toasted cereals. Taste packs a lot of grainy toasted cereals (more than a true British bitter is supposed to), dry crusty bread, a bit of crunchy caramel, notes of plain cookies, light notes of tree bark and modest a amount of leafy hops. Bitterness level is low. I would not call it refreshing but the beer doesn’t feel sweet and remains quite drinkable. Not exciting but not bad at all, actually a lot better than what I expected considering the reputation of this brewpub. It’s still pretty pathetic that Clocktower is the best (and only) brewpub that our Canada national capital has to offer. So anyway the brewpub is called Clocktower and they do have a clock tower over the pub. I was the big hand pointing to a number and the little hand pointing to another number, that means it was time for a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
asheft (2777) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2011
[on tap at brewpub] Sweet caramel aroma with some fruity esters, though clean. Clear dark copper with a thin white cover and ring. Weak, sweet flavour with toffee that quickly trails off to a moderate bitterness. Clean. Light body, moderate carbonation, clean finish. A clean beer, apparently.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (6211) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2011
on tap at brewpub. clear deep golden with a nice off-white head, good retention and lacing. aroma and taste is malty, grainy, rye with a great hop profile - citrusy, herbal, grassy and peppery, medium finish. average carbonation, light to medium body. good brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cfrancis (2789) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
Pours a wood brown with little or no head. Aroma is leather bitterness with malt. Taste is good malt body with a semi-dry bitterness. Moderate to low bitterness. The flavours are not pronounced and you have to fish for them. Well balanced but was looking for something more.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (1939) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - FEB 8, 2011
Okay amber body with little head, what do you expect from a brewpub brew on tap! Yet, the flavour is all right, plenty of malts and a bit of caramel and hops. Just all right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
Cask at ’Volo Cask Days 2010’. Pours a murky orange-copper with a small bubbly white head. Nice pleasant hoppy aroma, very citrusy, though a touch sweeter then I prefer. Good hoppy flavour, juicy and citrusy, slightly astringent in the finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good and better then I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
[3458-20101030] Cask. Fresh orange-like roughage aroma. Murky, dark orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Tea-like brewed orange peels flavour. Medium body. Average.
(Cask Days @ Volo, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2225) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
On tap at Byward Market in May ’09. OK at best light copper. Slight peach, ok aromatic hops, maybe too sweet? Not sure. Caramel. Tasty with solid hops, quite thick (which was a surprise), good fruit, some caramel, solid bitterness, very very drinkable but the thickness may be a touch to heavy after 6 of ’em. Near medium bodied, great carbonation, good malt middle, average bitter finish length. Best beer on tap with ease.

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