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Galbraith Bitter and Twisted

Brewed by Galbraith Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Our version of the classic London ESB style was put together by myself and Bob Hudson when he came to New Zealand for the first time in 1998. We were on holiday in Northland and had just completed an exhaustive internal assessment of the style (in the sun) when the recipe struck us. Brewed with Maris Otter and two other darker malts from Simpsons it has generous additions of classic UK hops throughout the boil. The resulting ale is deep copper-red with full bitter/sweet flavours. There are powerful aromatic hops on the nose and palate. A pint for supping not quaffing.

Gold Medal and Trophy - NZ International Beer Awards 1999

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tstamba (748) - Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Pint at Deacon Brodie before the tattoo 2016. Golden amber with one finger thick foamy white head. Nicely balanced toasted malt and English bitters... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
[8415-20160531] Cask. Light maple taffy malt aroma. Slightly hazy, dark orange red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Light corn and toasted malty sweet grains flavour has a noticeable black tea bag note in the finish. Medium body. Average. (6/3/6/3/13) 3.1
(@ Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland, NZ)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2016
2016-05-31. Lightly hazy dark red-amber body, headless. Aroma of caramel and toffee malt, lightly fruity notes. Flavour is malty up front, lightly toasty malt has a very English impression to it. Average to light bodied palate, no carbonation. Under carbonated, not necessarily at it’s best, just okay. 5-6/3/5-6/3/12+ On cask at Galbraiths, Auckland, NZ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4186) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Cask pours clear deep amber with a small but lasting white head. Coconut and non-coco nut aroma, good enough to make you...um...nut. Went there. Boom! Medium body with soft carbonation. Fooooking. Gooooood. Beeeeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2013
The head is ok, the body darkbrown. It smells malty, chestnut, fruity, darkmalty. The taste is malty, aromatic, hoppy, bit creamy, fruity, aromatic. Tasty! 13/13/12/13/-/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2013
Cask - Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Poured with a fine and fading loose off-white head atop a clear chestnut brown coloured body. Lovely nutty, earthy, biscuity and gently toasty malts complemented by a choice mid-fruit character and grassy, leafy English hoppiness. Light to medium body, soft mouthfeel and a lingering almost grapefruity hoppiness in the finish. Lovely stuff and a taste of home. That soft tangerine on the nose is a joy. Yes, this is gorgeous. Simple but gorgeous. Juicy fruits in the aftertaste. Immensely drinkable. At 5.2% it’s not an ideal session bitter but I won’t let that stop me... Come all the way to NZ and sit in an English-styled pub drinking ESB? Hell yes. It’s not my favourite style for nothing and this more than justified my preference on a rainy mid-winter afternoon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1941) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUL 13, 2013
Served at room temp. Soft and flat, friendly caramel right through the palate and mild bitterness to finish. Must be off hand pump.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeuroPliny (242) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2013
Poured from the tap into a pint glass. Pours copper red with a generous head that leaves ample lacing. Aroma is a rich bouquet of dark malts and hops. The flavour delivers on the aroma with sweet malts balanced with lively hops. Long finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
anfractuosity (349) - - JUN 2, 2013
Tastes fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
Copper colour and the head died. Very spicy aroma - cumin, five spice, and maybe some D. Malty palate, very spicy, caramel, some juiciness in the finish.

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