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


on tap


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A distinctive copper colored, full-bodied ale. Though you may have sampled it in Toronto, this beer originated at the Halifax Granite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
In short: A problematic body almost saved by nice English style hopping. Drinkable.
How: Post-Mondial 2008 tasting session. Growler from one of the Ontario visitor
The look: Clear dark copper body topped by a little ring of foam
In long: I don’t if I should fault the growler or the beer but since the growler was supposedly fresh I fault the beer. Body felt lifeless with its extra-soft carbonation and watery mouthfeel. Taste is light but not in a “subtle light” kind of way, taste is light in “watery light” kind of way. Watery caramel, some butterscotch and extra-ripe citrus fruits. This would have deserved and extra-low score but the beer was somewhat saved by some nice leafy hops with a light tea-ish after-taste. Overall the beer was drinkable but not something I feel like having again. This is not a solid beer, Clay ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
Objectively speaking: Appealing, fruity, almost authentic English bitter with striahgt-on toasty, orangey- slightly apricot like flavours and the mildest earthy leanings.
I like: Probably my favourite of the lot at Granite. Well-executed with good restriction, just enough bittering hops. Smooth carbonation.
I dislike: Did not quite manage the perfect smooth texture of a real Cask English bitter. Yet it remains easy to drink and agreeeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Cask version on tap at C’est What? Orange with a white head. Mild citrus aroma. This is really true to style. Mild and not so bitter up front. Has a lingering mild bitterness. Very smooth palate. This is not my favorite stye, but they did indeed nail it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blasphemies (45) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2008
Draught at the Granite Toronto. Nice hop aroma. Copper colour with small white head. Citris mild bitter taste, low carbonation. Really enojy this one, I think even a bit more than the best bitter special (cask), (but I’ll have to try that one again some day)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gethinbeer (2386) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap in Gingers. Golden brown in colour with a thin creamy white head. Smooth texture, no bitterness in this really. Sweet and smooth. A little dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2007
Draught at The Magpie, Toronto - came clear amber/copper gold with a medium white head. Aroma is mild citrus and grassy hops. A little understated. Flavour is typically English in character, citrus mixed with earthy hops and sweet malt in the background. Creamy and very sessionable. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2007
The beer pours a mid range amber with notes of light citrus and some light bitterness on the nose. The palate seems to come off a bit watery and a bit of the bitterness seems to disappear.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1276) - TAIWAN - JUL 3, 2007
draft at granite brewery in toronto. pale amber with off white head, the hops is pronounced. unfortunately the malt profile that is essential for bitter style ale is lacking here. maybe this is due to my bias against canadian 2 row barley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1941) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2007
had at Magpie, good sweet nose, good hops good head. fruit on the nose as well some slight malt good beer, nice dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Cask pint at the brewpub in Halifax, NS (May 2007). Medium translucent amber with a sliver of small white creamy lasting head....fresh earthy-grassy nose, just a bit cidery-tart, a hint of vinegar....beautifully full and malty, lightly cidery again on the tongue, delicate and effervescent, moderately sweet at the front and just nicely bitter at the finish....a bit "indistinct" if that’s the word, just doesn’t come together as well as it might, but this is solid stuff on the whole.

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