Brewed by Granite Brewery (Toronto)
Style: Bitter
Toronto, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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A dry hopped full bodied ale, copper in color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
On tap at the Toronto location, served in an English pint. Pours hazy amber with a frothy, off-white head. The head remains through to the end and leaves a moderate amount of lace. On the nose, there are big notes of citrus and pale malts, along with floral notes and a hint of honey. The flavour is crisp up front, balanced between moderate sweet malts and floral, citrusy hops. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a smooth, watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent, refreshing citrusy bitter in the English style. A pleasing session ale. 2011-03-17

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
Copper colour with a pale creamy head. Delicious texture. Smooth balance of malt and hops. More grain and less bitterness than expected, but it’s a well articulated flavour. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2010
On cask at the Toronto location, clear amber color, with a white head, nice floral hop citrusy nose with some leafy, grassy notes, with some light toasted, caramel malt, nutty accents, and subtle toffeeness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a fruity flowery hop citrus, grapefruit character with some leafy, piney upfront notes, with some light caramel, toasty undertone flavours, leading towards a herbal hop, leafy, dry bitterness finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GRM (2990) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2010
Verre, 3 onces, en fût, bue à la brasserie, savourée le 16 septembre 2009; oeil : cuivrée avec une teinte orange, claire, pas d’effervescence, minuscule anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, orange, léger houblon, pamplemousse; bouche : malt, orange, léger houblon, pamplemousse, finale légèrement houblonnée avec légère présence de caramel, peu carbonatée, corps moyen, très légère astringence, très légèrement amère, légèrement granuleuse, un peu mince; en résumé : ordinaire

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Tap at Toronto location. Pours a slightly darker color than the orginal, with a thin foamy head. Aroma is a bit more earhty and tea like with the hops and a bit more toasty caramel as well. Flavor is more malts, crystal, deep toast and some honey with a earthy and floral hop character- a bit more body but not as easy drinking as the best bitter. I liked the BB a little better, but this is a nice ESB overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2401) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2009
Draught at Toronto brewpub. Pours a dark amber with average-sized, foamy off-white head; good lacing. Aroma is strong on the hops but with solid malt backbone. Dry hops dominate the flavour giving the beer a very dry bitter finish. Some toasty malt flavour too. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2008
Clear amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt and mild hops. Interesting flavor of caramel, toasted malt and mild hops, there is some mild bitterness in the end. The body is light with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Cask @ brewpub, Toronto. Dark amber red with light off-white/cream-colored head and great lacing. Sweet nutty aroma with nice maltiness predominant. Woodsy and rootsy--nice. Perfect mouthfeel. Quaffable. Relatively complex array of flavors. has some licorice root, some roasted dandelion root, ending in absolute moreish bitterness. Delightful and gorgeous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
Objectively speaking: The dry-hopped version of the best bitter. Hoppier, but less easy to drink.
I like: Keeps more or less the same authenticity in the malt profile than the best bitter.
I dislike: Its fresh hops bouquet does not provide much. We’re simply getting further away from Britain, it’s sharper without feeling fresher and even becomes a bit less easy to drink in my mind. More intense, but it becomes harder to capt the toasty nuances from the malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2008
Cask sample at the Victory - poured a murky but bright plum colour with a small off-white head. Really nice looker. Aromas of citrusy hops and dark fruits, but nothing overpowering - incredibly well-balanced and enticing on the nose. Flavour is wonderfully refreshing, with fruit black tea, and definitely moreish. Good bitter punch in the finish, and the dry-hopping is a step up from their regular (still very good) bitter. A wonderful beer - one I would get regularly if more widely available.

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