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

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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



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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
On tap at brewhouse. Top-class real ale. Earthly aromas, with apple and caramel. Sweet long-lasting flavour, with bitter finish. Oily palate, and medium body. Red colour, with a thin, fizzy head.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6286) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Cask at the brewpub. Pours a deep brown amber with a small eggshell white head. Sweet malts and caramel on the nose, as well as aromatic hops, fruit, and a rich earthiness. Hoppy, earthy, sweet flavor. Medium bodied. Bitter- the best of the three bitters I tried at Galbraith.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2009
Nice copper colour, well balanced bitter with a hoppy taste and a hint of citrus. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2009
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Pours amber with a creamy white head. This has a good malt backbone for a bitter, and was well balanced with fruity hops. A decent drop from the hand pump.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
(Cask) Clear, dark amber with a lacing, off-white head. Lovely fruity aroma. Quite full-bodied with a soft mouth feel and a low carbonation. Lots of dry caramel notes - perhaps even a little burned. Some fruit and vitamin notes. A fairly bitter finish. A very solid ESB. 070208

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2007
Tasted 11/06. Sweet malty caramel aroma, Lovely red/brown/copper colour poured with alovely full head. Complex from the outset. Delicious malt / hop combinations, a fruit/nut smorgasboard. Bitter sweet, great finish, If this was all I drunk for the rest of my life I’d be quite content

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xanti (1) - USA - DEC 12, 2007 does not count
love it! great taste and after taste , plenty of hops - well done papa smurf (the brewer) . kiwi hops ? not likely !!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Pint pulled at the brew pub, a light brown with a white bubbled head. A good rich malty aroma, slightly toasted with a touch of tobacco. Deep earthy qualities to the smooth malty palate and some burnt toffee notes. Damn fine if I do say so.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Extremely moorish ESB styled beer, used to be my favourite of the Galbraiths range but either my palate has changed or the recipe has changed over the years.... In any case it’s still a great beer, the citrus twist to it is especially good Re-rated 24/10/08 seems like this has come full circle, back to the glory days! Rich fruitcake nose, amber colour with gorgeous belgian lace, amazing fruity full bodied mouthful with a lingering bitter finish, so fruity that it makes me think of raisons soaked in some sort of liquor.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 21, 2007
Dark amber in colour with small white head. earthy malt aroma, woody flavour, typical of English bitter.


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