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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
500ml bottles and 440/500ml cans: Filtered. Also available in kegs under nitro pressure.
Ingredients: Pale, Crystal and Amber malts; First Gold, Challenger and Fuggles hops - late-hopped with Fuggles.
First brewed in the 1950s.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - APR 20, 2004
A very interesting pour. The gases settle much like a guiness and I'm left with a very froathy head. A beatiful amber color with an eggshell head. Very smooth, but not what I expected. Nice flavor but a horrible finish.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2004
Served on nitro: Poured copper with a tight lasting head. Nitro killed most aroma, just a bit of fruity hops. Nice sweet malty start with a mildly hoppy bitter finish. Bit of citrus there too? Bit thin on the mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2004
Light amber colored body with a small head. Very hoppy aroma with some malt and caramel tones. Flavor is mild malty and hoppy. Acrid dry finish. OK, but nothing more!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 Great beer! Copper color with a great dense, thick head. Lots of lacing. Mouthfeel is apple and cream. Surprisingly smooth. Very even, consistent malt flavor without being over bearing. Finishes like sweet cream.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5165) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2004
Poured from the bottle with a large off-white head that dissapated quickly. The dark ruby color was complemented by the remaining small head. Cherries and malt on the nose. Flavor has malt, apples, and a little bread and butter. This is a subtle brew that would make a good session.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - MAR 31, 2004
Pretty good. Smooth, almost creamy. Pretty light color for an ale. I enjoyed it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Choos (661) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2004
On tap. Aroma lovely floral hops with a hint of sweetness. Appearance is slightly copper heading toward a light brown with a great lasting white head. Flavour starts hoppy and malty sweet but begins to get watery toward the end and leaves a slightly sour bitter aftertaste. On the thinner side but still enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2004
Nitro can. Was expecting not a whole lot, but was pleasantly surprised. Clear copper with a thin, creamy head. Nose isn't much, bit fruity, some malt character, bit of toffee. Has the usual nitro deadness when it first hits the mouth, but after the swallow it picks up some nuttiness, nice buttery character, hangs in the mouth for a while. Palate sucks, of course, because it's nitro, but really not bad at all.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
omhper (20915) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2004
Nitro-can. Dark amber, small creamy head. Sulphury with raw sweetness. Fruity, mellow and dead.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Widget can. The widget smoothed this one out a little too much, and gave a watery palate. What I could taste was nice, though. I imagine drinking something like this in an old English pub, in the dimple mug that I am using for it now.


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