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Dale’s Extra Special Bitter

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Brewed by Dale’s Brewing Co.
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Nelson, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
British Maris Otter, amber and cystal malts provide a luscious toffeeish base, while a warm-fermenting London ale yeast rewards my ESB with orange marmalade-like esters. All very English so far then, but a trio of Nelson-grown hops with their zingy tropical fruit and citrus top notes give the beer an unmistakeable Kiwi accent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GlassBrass440 (306) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2015
Aromas bring mango, orange and a light caramel note. There is a plasticy tone that runs throughout the aroma. Not entirely offputting, but not what I would call pleasant. Biscuity english malts and caramel ground the flavour after the fruity hops of the aroma before the hops make a return in the mid palate. Again with mango and orange. A fairly assertive bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DylansDad (473) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2013
A good solid beer. This is not some painted be-sequined tart tottering precariously atop some ridiculous high heels, it is an unpretentious wellmade ale with a classic English flavor and aroma and the perfect amount of bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
The head is medium, the body orange, red. It smells hoparomatic, bitter, ok. The taste is hoppy, bitter, bit aomatic, malty, bit fruity. OK

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2013
This is a style I have a tremendous amount of affection for. It is part of a cultural heritage I embrace from afar and a good example of the style is a very precious thing to me indeed. This one was sampled from bottle and appeared golden amber in colour with a temporary greyish white head. The aromas suggest good classic English malt aromas of marmalade, apricots, peaches and golden tart. There’s some orange orchard apples varieties as well. This is all manifest in the flavour along with the slight toffeeish, biscuity flavour and mild mouthfeel. Bitterness is subtle to subdued but flavour abounds, as does my enjoyment of this beer. This is a bloody good nudge actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2013
i’m really starting to like this genre, the esb. always so fruity and smooth. and while this isn’t my favourite of the style, it’s still rather good. just a little muted compared to some of the others i’ve had.

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