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


on tap

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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (938) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Poured amber in color with thick creamy head. Slight hops on the nose, sweet malts, bready. Flavor is kind of... soggy. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Cask at Crown Rivers. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt, light diacetyl, herbal hops and dates. Flavor is sweet malt, light fruity esters, earthy hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1202) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
Cask Newcastle 2009. Clear dark copper, small off-white head; sweet malty nose, caramel, hint of soap, citrus; medium body, oily texture; mild bitter and a bit watery finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (812) - - MAY 4, 2014
Hardly any smell but looks like a proper ale. Nice thick creamy head and a deep rich taste. Like velvet. Hoppy with a fruity undertone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crossovert (9207) - Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Cask. Pretty standard one here, yeast esters, slight earthiness, not really amazing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4172) - SWEDEN - APR 22, 2014
Pint at the Plough. Pours deeper dark amber with a nice tanned creamy head. Aroma is fruity malty slightly caramel like the flavor with a pleasant dry bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gegwilson (2119) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Cask in the Thomas Sheraton, Stockton. Amber with a white head. Quite sweet at first with caramel before a more bitter finish that’s a bit fruity. Not too bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daddydonkey (1) - - MAR 11, 2014 does not count
I have been drinking this for years and have never been disapointed. Always nice lacing..fruity without the sourness of most others and so smooth its like drinking whipped cream .

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
edsspoon (756) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Pours amber with a creamy white head. Faint hoppy aroma with some fruit and sweetness, fairly weak. Taste of lots of hops and bitterness. It’s a little bit watery but quite nice otherwise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Cask at Deep Ellum, January 2014
Off-white head tops a strawberry-blonde colored beer, very clear. Retention is moderate.
Minerals, sweet buttercream and light fruitiness in the nose with very little in the way of hops. Perhaps a touch of earthy bitterness but very fleeting. I do get a bit of sharpness, however, just a bit of alcohol mixing with the esters.
The flavor shows more creamy, somewhat bland malts, with light sweetness, light nuttiness and lots of fruitiness that grows slightly alcoholic and a touch bitter (hoppiness) on the finish. Drinkable, but very low in character and quite forgettable. Wateriness seems appropriate and the body is still approximately medium despite this. Enough maltiness to keep it drinkable. Not sure where the alcohol sharpness is coming from.

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