Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Regular.
Ingredients: Pale, Crystal and Amber malts; First Gold, Challenger and Fuggles hops - late-hopped with Fuggles.
First brewed in the 1950s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Cask at Dickens Tavern in London, near Paddington Station. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma has lots of toffee malts. Malt backbone of toffee, caramel, and grains that is balanced by a mild herbal bitterness. A tad sweeter and fruitier than many of the other bitters I sampled. Subtle tea flavors on the finish. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours a copper color with an off white head. Aroma is malty, yeasty, with some citrus hops. Flavor is yeasty, slightly fruity with a bitter citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerryballoono (32) - Urgup, TURKEY - DEC 10, 2007
Pint cask TMSC, Torpoint, Cornwall. Reddish brown bitter with tight white head, Dry but a bit heavy with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
[661-20070923] Cask @ Prince of Wales (Didcot, OX). Citrus aroma background has a bit of fruity caramel, paprika, and malty grains. Clear, amber brown body with a small long-lasting foamy off-white head. Spicy citrus hops flavour hints at paprika. Medium body thoroughly coats the mouth. Interesting and almost repeatable but could be a little cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 17, 2007
on cask at a few places. amber, faint but lingering head, aroma of red berry, grass and toffee, firm, hints of public swimming pool, mild bitterness, pretty drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
Cask at a Wetherspoons at Heathrow. Golden with a thin white head. Aroma is quite spicy with nice earthy hops and a soft grainy Maris Otter malt. Flavour is well-balanced with light fruitiness behind the earthy/spicy hops. A lightly spicy earthy bitterness. Nice pint.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2007
1 pint (at Wetherspoon in London) Amber clear colour with a nice creamy head. Light aroma of toffee and hints of malt. Flavour of malt and caramel very tasty in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (12623) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2007
Copper with a small but lasting white head. Caramel malty aroma with some grassy hops. Sweet and smooth, some caramel and butterscotch but balanced by the fresh hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alari (30) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2007
Cask Everywhere. A good session pint, solid. Quite fruity with hints of yeast and some malt. Decently hopped finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Cask at The Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham, 28/09/07. Clear amber with a little head. Aroma is mainly malt and alcohol, some hops. The alcohol comes through in the taste too and warms the finish. There’s a persistent fruity aftertaste. Overall, this is a solid if unspectacular ale. It’s a workhorse of a brand for GK and a "good port in a storm" when there’s little variety of ale on offer, but unlikely to ever be anyone’s favourite ale.

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