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Greene King St. Edmunds Ale

Formerly brewed at Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
note; This is not the same beer as the 4.2% St Edmunds released in 2007.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Dark golden with a handsome, rich head. Weak, nutty, malty flavours with a marked, bitter finish. Decent, but not really very premium... 310700

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 7, 2007
330ml bottle. Golden and sticky looking. Pours without a head if so desired. Superb bitter aroma, plenty nutty, some toffee-sweet. Enormous but well balanced flavour - spoilt a little with a mettalic tinge, but otherwise a fullsome malt and bitter combination. Moreish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (12919) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2004
Bottled, Pasteurised. Red brown beer with lasting though muddy coloured head. Strange aroma, can't pick it out but a little off putting. Should have a roasted malt quality, but it is more metallic, tinny but there is a pleasant hop flavour that saves the beer a little. Dark beer that doesn't quite make it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Skinnyviking (8630) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2008
Draughyt. Low fluffy off-white quickly disappearing head. Clear amber body. Weak honey fruity aroma. Weak honey fruity flavor with low carbonation and a short aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Pale copper color with a full lacy head. Aroma of Goldings hops and crystal malt. Body is full and has the properties of a bitter, light on malt with a strong bitter finish. Pretty true to its English style, but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5528) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2002
Initially pleasing with a warm hit of alcohol firmly rooted in a flavoursome and solid malt body with enough zippy hops to create an invigorating balance, this quickly slides into yet another strong sweet beer with not enough enduring character to want to drink more. Worth a ranking of 5 for the neat trick of creating such a quality gap between first delicious gulp and last unpleasant sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Orange brown color with a tall dark cream colored head. Decent lace. English nose, with caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, old wood and traditional hopsack. Initial toasty sweetness taken back by dry earthy wood flavor. Finish is dry and uneventful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5007) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Grainy, otter ale aroma. Medium chestnut brown, great label, cream head. Dry, woody bitter ale, a tad cidery or otherwise acidic. Medium body, tannic medium finish. Would have liked some more caramel in this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2003
From the excellent Greene King PLC comes, once again, an excellent Suffolk ale. Definite citrusy/sourish notes and a mild malt body. This could easily be classified as a Bitter. Ringo is right when he refers to a distinctive "English" taste and how most UK brews have it. I'd love to know what malt/hop combo is so prevalent "across the pond" that it makes most of their beers distinctively English.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2003
As it sets in the pint glass a translucent burnished copper color, the head prodigious, spumous in texture, light tan in color and as it erodes the left over lace a nice coating upon the glass. The aroma of fresh cut grass, yeast, sweet malts, a different nose to be sure with the start sweet and loaded with malt, top is skimpy in feel. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops pleasant in their spicy presence, dry aftertaste. A classic English style ale, pleasant and unassuming, drinkable and meant to be easy on the palate, different and maybe not a beer many would like, guess what I’m saying is that its not overbearing like most American Pales, but still decent nonetheless.

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