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Great Divide HotShot ESB

Serve in English pint


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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 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 4, 2007
bottled, the rover, gothenburg. amber, reasonable head, simple aroma of caramel, modest bitterness, well-made but nothing special

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Amber brew with off-white head. Caramel in nose along with a slight hoppiness. Smooth and sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (6563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Bought ages ago at Merchants in Dearborn. Surprised to see it retired. A fairly decent ESB, though that style is not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (6512) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 Bottle at the Rover, Göteborg, Sweden. Hazy amber with a large and strong off-white head. Caramelly and toffeish malt aroma, quite one-dimensional, along with piney hops. Medium bodied and quite smooth. A bit sweet with a marked bitterness. A mediocre ESB, the bigger beers in the Great Divide portfoliio are so much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
I guess I just am not a huge fan of ESB for one thing. I got this in the "Mix Twelve" pack and I am a bit pissed off that there are only 3 beer varieties in the bizox. Dick’s does 11 different beers in their mix pack. C’mon Divide! lay something on me --- all I got for $17 was Pale, ESB, and IPA. Oi!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/15/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

murkey orange, whispy cream head that easily stirs into thick foam and a bit of drippy lace, soft floral hop aroma on a dry carmel malt base, creamy body, long mild bitter finish

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2007
A little upset that they discontinued this one, but they still have it in stock at my local liqour store, so I may need to stock up. As far as the beer style goes, this is a great example. Pours a nice amber with a decent white head. A little hop profile and nice maltiness make this one a good brew that I’m sad to see go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle: Light hop aroma. This beer has a quick hit of heavy hops that fades very fast. Decent off-white fizzy head and clear body. Nice ESB.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Bottle Copper pour with a decent quick dying head. Decent lacing. Very light hop aroma followed by a good hop flavor. Odd aftertaste, smooth, decent session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Pours a clear light copper with a frothy off-white head. On the nose are fruity hops, caramel malts, iced tea and faint Granny Smith apples. Light to medium bodied and relatively thin it finishes bitter and slightly metallic. Sweet and malty with a hit of earthy hop bitterness and a mildly bitter and almost nutty aftertaste. A decent ESB, but I’m not surprised to see Great Divide has dropped it from its stable of regular offerings.

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