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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: 945   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.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 Man if this is this good in the bottle overseas, I cant even imagine it on cask. Faint aroma of hops, and some malt, small white frothy head, orange and brown intermingled with some red streaks. Opens up full and malty, with some fruit tones making their way in quickly. . cherry, peach, maybe a tiny bit of orange. There is a brief glimpse of hops(very brief) and something more than that, a sugary yet spicy flavor that I cant name(very fleeting, maybe apple blossom?). Finishes fairly even, though there is a bit of bubbliness in the bottle, that Im sure is taken care of on cask. Beer is full bodied and not overly bitter for a biiter, though there is a some bitterness as it ends. The body is full and flavorful, but mainly tastes of caramel notes, and the complexity does not stand up to the likes of Ipswich, Fullers, or Crooked River. A very solid beer nonetheless.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Very creamy, slightly bitter. Nice foamy head. I didn't like it a lot, but it was alright.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2003
(Bottled)Amber colored with a small head. Good aroma of butter, nuts with some fruity acidity. The taste was like: Yuick!! Very watery and skunked, weak notes of butter acid. There you go, pour out in the drain.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2003
Nitro Can, Amber colored with creamy white head. mild sweet malt aroma.creamy but yet fairly thin in the mouth, nutty with a slight hint of fruit, and a mild hop bite in a nice dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Had this beer on tap. A mesmerizing thick white cloudy head. Orange, even apple taste came through. Fairly light for an ale. Finished clean and somewhat dry.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2003
What a bitch to open and pour exploded al over my floor and kept going even after the nitro was done.Must be the hazards of drinking nitro cans.Oh well here we go.Nice amber color tall and creamy head that didnt last to long,faded to a 1/4 inch of white foam at the top of the glass.Mildly malty sweet aroma with a hint of hops.Sweet taste with a maltiness and hop presence.Theres an almost gritty feeling to this one as well.The after taste is semi-sweet with a mild hop bite that seems to last quite awhile.and the feel in the mouth is a little thin or watery.This is not that great and i'm glad i have only one of these to stomach.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2005 Bottle. Golden amber, beige head. Toffee presence, some butterscotch, bittersweet. Light hops on the end. Medium body and quite easy to drink. Pretty nice bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2003
Amber colour, but surprisingly low head despite of the widget. Nutty aroma, very smooth and drinkable. Dry aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2003 The can, but not widgety. Good amber colour but head dissipates a bit too quickly. Nutty nose but the flavour is lacking in English hop character. I don't quite understand the comments on the can that it is brewed longer for a fuller flavour. Doesn't that attenuate the beer more?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2003
(Can) Poured to small but creamy head, orange tint. Aroma a little fruity and nutty, but not very strong. Mild taste, smooth, not very complex. Little aftertaste, a very average ale. Boddington can was better. Would like to try this on tap however.


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