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Great Divide HotShot ESB

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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
HotShot ESB is an easy-drinking and remarkably smooth Extra Special Bitter, brewed in the classic-English style. More assertively hopped than ordinary bitters, light copper-colored HotShot showcases clean hop flavors, balanced by its slightly fruity nose and light-caramel malt character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
Post-GABF football Sunday in an Irish pub after the Broncos game (I can’t recall the name of the pub). The server said that Great Divide allows them to serve this under the name "Max Evans Welsch Ale", but she thought it was their regular ESB. Deep copper amber, thin almond head. Sweet toffee malt, creamy mouthfeel, low earthy/woody bitterness. quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a copper amber body with a light white head. Light fruit apple and citrus in the nose. Malt is very subtle with a fruity floral hoppy acidity. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2008
bottled jan of 2003. Aroma of caramel, and citrus hops. Medium amber hue with a massive off-white rocky head that mostly lasted and left fantastic lace. Flavor is caramel malts and a nice crisp bitterness. Palate is light bodied and lively. This was an old bottle found in a bargain bin. Extreme carbonation may mean a possible contamination and there was an off flavor in there but just a hint and not enough knock it. Decent for a 5.5 year old beer that’s only 5% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Different from other ESBs but not great. It had a strange taste of a homebrew that had not been aged long enough. It would have been much better otherwise. Decent malt and hops balance. Mine was extremely carbonated and I had to wait a while for the head to settle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2008
As the description notes, greater hop than most ESB’s. This beer doesn’t possess the caramel and chocolate highlights that I find in other ESBs. Those seem to have been forgone in lieu of the additional hop, which absorbs the traditional malts that would give those flavors. That said, this is not an unbalanced beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2008
this was a nice drinking beer overall. decent amount of bittering hops combined with plenty of fruity and caramel character. nice and smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 Bottle, pours a clear orange. Head is off white and creamy. Aroma is a nice balance of hop and malt bursts. Flavor is mostly malty with a hop backround. The end is dry, but not un plesent. Awesome beer for what I was expecting. Retired?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
Wow good beer thanks DANGLE! Pours a hazy orange color with minimal head that turns to bubbles and lacing on top. Kind of smells like a barley wine but does not taste like it with its notes of caramel and vanilla with clean hops and a bitter finish. I like this one to bad its retired....ha nucci your brother gave me and collin a retired beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Bockyhorsey - Not quite sure how old this bottle is. At least 11 months by the bottle markings. Anyways, it pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is mostly toasted malt and light hops. Flavor is mostly toasted malt with some light hop bitterness. Light to medium body. Not bad, not bad at all. Thanks Bill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 Bottle at The Rover, Gothenburg. Orange/red color with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma: Mostly sweet malt, tobacco, caramel and some light hops. Flavor: Sweet malt, tobacco, caramel, biscuits, light citrus bitterness. A bit too unbalanced on the malty side. It needs some more hops. Not my favorite beer from Great Divide.

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