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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6384) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Golden amber with a respectable poofy head. Nice light hop aroma. Very yummy balanced goodness ... mellow yet fruity hops and crisp caramel malt. I adore beers along these lines ... this is very, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Color is a nice golden orange with a medium ivory cap of whipped froth. It has steady bubbles within the glow of the body and the cap keeps a good steady weight on top which hardly ever moves from its seat. Lacing is in thin broken sheeting. Aroma is quite nice here with a pleasant diplay of fresh herbal hops with a twist of citrus and a great biscuit bread backing thats clean and crisp. Notes akin to a musky burnt popcorn as it nears the bottom of the glass. Taste has a clean profile with a mild brigade of hoppyness bringing in some floral tones, citrus, and slight herbal woodyness. The malt backing of biscuit malts is super nice, very crisp and earthy with a lingering kinda burntness and grain husks. Nice finisher. Well rounded and balanced. A very good taster bordering the aspects of some Pale ales with a nice Vienna twist of grains thrown in. Feel is quite clean, quick but flavorful, slides right down with an excellent finish. I could, and probably will, drink alot of these. A super session beer ítis true.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Excellent beer, far exceeding expectations. Pours a great hazy orange with a very sticky head. Aroma is remrkable hops and honey malt. Flavor is hoppy for an ESB, but I think it balances enough with a honey sweet finish. Great creamy, silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmku (300) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Full in body, flavor, and aroma, this is one very nice ESB. Glad itís now available in these parts. Assertive hop aroma (mildly grassy), sweet and lightly caramel-like malt backbone with a fruity nose. I could make this a regular in my domicile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer pours a glossy burnt orange, I poured softly and still put forth a thick 2 in head beige in color. The aroma is fruity, the smell is grapey a similar smell to the fermentation room in a winery with a bitter aspect. The taste is good, clean, light carbonation. The feel on the palate is tannic mildy bitter but balanced with a caramel malty sweetness that finishes mildy. Great beer fantastic style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Hazy golden amber colour. Sweet malt citrus aroma. Frothy palate, bitter flavour with citrus spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCEO (100) - USA - JUL 9, 2007
Iím digginí this Beer...very refreshing with a long, bitter aftertaste...an excellent alternative and step up from Lagers and Pilsners...too bad YOU probably wonít be able to step up though...since itís RETIRED and all...LOL!! @ YOU!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Great Divide Brewing Company--Hot Shot ESB--Extra Special Bitter Ale. 2005-A 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--30 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Beer of the Month Club Selection February, 2005. Nice lacy head. Clear thick dark golden color. Mild toasted earthy hop front. Crisp dry sweet mild butter caramel biscuit body. Creamy mild hop bitter end. Clean balanced mild ESB. Sampled 2/27/2005. 2005-B 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--30 IBUís. (4.5 / 5.0) Rich mild lace head. Rich clear dark golden color. Light toasted earthy malt hop front. Smooth rich earthy biscuit caramel mild sweet creamy body. Spicy earthy bitter hop spice end. Classic ESB. Rich flavor. Sampled 7/31/2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Clear deep golden color w/ good sized head. Light fruit hop aroma. Taste is clean and malty with a hoppy finish. Nice. Very good ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Poured a hazy orange with a fluffy white head. Hoppy nose, mostly of pine. Very easy drinking, with fresh orange marmalade and biscuits on the front with a clean finish. Really fresh and enjoyable session beer.

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