Defiant Extra Special Bitter
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
>Think of the whole tank as a large cask and you will taste the classic fruity flavors made famous by refermenting ales in the vessel it is served from. Amber in color, this ale is assertively hopped a and rich in caramel malts for a balanced finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2006
The brewers description is pretty accurate. Amber, with just a hint of orange depth in the color. Hop aroma is very earthly, english like, without being ídirtyí. The rich complexity of the malt is accentuated by the hops, with neither dominating the flavor. It has a good medium body, not watery nor to thick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 22, 2009
Nice and light and crisp bitterness. Dark amber color. Nice and smooth with some citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Cask at Mugs Ale House: Pours a hazy amber with a dense/strong creamy white head. The body is light and fluffy. The aroma is extremely perfumy and citric. Tart orange and acidic notes. The flavor is the same, with an overall citric acidity and lots of orange juice notes. Stuff isnít bad, itís just a bit perfumy and seems artificial in a way. The citric acidity is a bit weird as well, at least for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
TAP NY 08. Lighty hazy amber in color with a small off white head. Aroma is a nice mix of floral and light citrus and english malt. Taste is very nice, and rather assertive with a strong floral hop presence with some light citrus, alot of english, and toasted/biscuity malts- medium bodied, assertive bitter finish. Really good ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2006
On Cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn...This beer is surprisingly spicy and yet very mild. It is bitter, but not too tar. The citrus flavors and malts blend well together. It is very floral, cellared and musty. It makes me feel like Iím drinking something from 100ís of years ago. Maybe this beer is truly "authentic" for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2006
On tap at brewery. Golden/amber color with a good sized off white head. Nice hoppy aroma with some biscuit malt and a bit of wet hay. Flavor was only mildly bitter, with the hops being nicely balanced by the doughy malt and a bit of caramel. Extremely easy drinking, with a nice clean finish.

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