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


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (22608) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2006
Cask at the brewpub. Reddish copper colour. Hay aroma. Sweet, fruity and caramelly. Boldly malty with near full body and a somewhat raw mouthfeel . Distinct very salty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14669) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
Cask. Deep golden colour. Big earthy and citrusy hop aroma. There are also some woody notes overlying the light caramel malts. Flavour is slightly sweet, earthy and woody hop flavour. Nice full body. Slightly sweet, but balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8969) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4697) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
hazy amber color. Lots of apricots, and earthiness. Woody. Dry full bodied, hops are much more present than in the bitter. Well balanced and rounded

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3993) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3718) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2003
Hazy gold,lasting beige head. Carmel malt nose. Flavor of light malt with softly carbonation and hopping.

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - 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.

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