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

NeuroPliny's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeuroPliny (238) - Calgary, Alberta, - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4058) - 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 (1932) - 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 (1902) - 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
anfractuosity (312) - - JUN 2, 2013
Tastes fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14884) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (1956) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2013
On tapbrewpub. Served a brownish amber color with a decent head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel with bit of fruit and nut in the background. Taste of malt, some carmel sweetness and a bit of nuts. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Fairly full body, smooth and quite creamy, nicely balanced. Best of the bitters that they serve. Good stuff that hit the spot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4835) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dudar (107) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAY 26, 2011
Rich fruity nose, raisins, toffee. low to med body, low carbonation, taste chewy toasty malts, raisins, caramel, earthy minerally bitterness, clean finish. Nice

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