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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   IBU: 9   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Hale’s Special Bitter, or “HSB”, is a complex, deep amber colored ale that blends a silky smooth body with an intriguing hop aroma. Its nitrogen conditioning gives it a very creamy mouthfeel. HSB emulates the famous “special bitters” found in Great Britain. 4.8% ABV 9 IBUs Malts: 2-Row Pale ~ Crystal 75L ~ Victory ~ Special B ~ Aromatic ~ Rye Hops: Bravo ~ Chinook ~ Willamette ~ Columbus Original Gravity: 12° Plato

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hanuta06 (369) - Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2013 Serving: from (nitro) tap at Hale’s Brewery & Pub. Aroma: lightly sweet. Appearance: average-sized, creamy, white, initial head with excellent lacing and fully lasting longevity. Clear, flat, amber body. Taste: acetic initial flavor and moderately bitter finish with short duration. Palate: light body, creamy texture and no carbonation. Overall: excellent. Look forward to drinking this beer again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (3370) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Tap at Beveridge Place, Seattle. Colour is clear orange with small creamy white hear. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dryness, some caramel, hints of hops and malts. Quite good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2015
5oz at brewpub. Pretty nitro head from the nitro pour. Amber-copper clear beer. This tasted more like an English Pale than bitter to me. Aroma has hops present, despite the nitro. Nice English bright and clear minerally and earthy hops. Dusty, earthy malts below that. Low bitterness in both nose and flavor, which is nicely clean. Again, slightly dusty but clean malts with an apparent English hoppiness. Finishes clean. Soft nitro body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Travlr (14471) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
The server warned us about this one. But we just had to have the sampler - and this was the price we paid for that decision. Almost colorless, almost flavorless, with subtle hints of metal and cardboard. No. 2.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (15770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Draught at Hales Ales Brewery and Pub, nitro
Hazy amber color with creamy nitro head. Almost no aroma. Light caramel flavor, dry mouthfeel, a bit of toasted nuts, ordinary bitterness, and some metallic aftertaste.
Stop nitro!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
kaser (3582) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2013
This has a pungent taste and aroma to it. Reddish pour. Vinegar taste. Gross. Had on draft at hales brewery in Seattle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Nitro @ Hales... Poured dark reddish with a thick, floating, white head with constant retention. Super mild, very drinkable. Thin, soft mouthfeel. Some light doughy malt tones and just enough hops to balance the sweetness. Don’t expect much from this one, but when you need a session pint, it does the job.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rodriguez (313) - Quito, ECUADOR - OCT 13, 2012
Just a regular ESB, amber golden, everlasting head, good carbonation, malt and hops well balanced. Good but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (8973) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Sample at the brewpub. The beer pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a medium thin white head that evaporates steadily to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of bready malt, ripe fruit and a touch of grassy hops. The finish is mildly bitter with a short hoppy aftertaste. Average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (33597) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2012
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden amber with a small,creamy and tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and light caramelish. Bitter, toasted malty and light caramelish to breadish. Ends bitter and dry.

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