Brewed by Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
Steels Creek, Victoria, Australia


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Our cult beer, this is a "new world" interpretation of the classic English style. This ale features considerable crystal malt character, as a backbone to carry the hefty bitterness. Substantially dry hopped with carefully selected hops from either the US, NZ, or Australia (currently Nelson Sauv in from NZ), this adds aromatic and flavour notes of ripe passionfruit .

Rosslew's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosslew (320) - - APR 4, 2014
Lovely caramel aroma. Burnt toast but reminiscent of morning. Nutty taste early, spicy and bitter on the end. Nice lingering finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kurtos (136) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours a nice murky brown. Aroma. a fruity of aroma of mainly stone and tropical fruits. Taste. Piney Bitterness with a slightly sweet citrus backing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (191) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 7, 2015
On tap at the brewery’s bar. A nice hazy amber colour, with a floral and fruity nose that surprised, had me thinking APA. The taste was like a modern English PA, some caramel sweetness blended with the citrus touches and a fair amount of bitterness. Actually really delicious and downright drinkable, regardless of how to label it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
heyheyguesswho (26) - - AUG 15, 2015
Pretty much on target for an ESB. Problem is hopping is too floral and citrus for an ESB. Body is too light and head doesn't last.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1670) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2015
330mL bottle from Slowbeer Bottled 19/01/15 Bronze bod, small head. Good nose - tropical fruits, guava, citrus, with toffee nutty, biscuity malt. Full bodied, slightly chewy texture, moderate carbonation. Biscuity nutty malts pave he way for tropical fruity, resiny, citrus hops. Moderate bitterness finish. Nice, hardly traditional ESB, but good hop character.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ngejo (567) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Hazy, orange, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, oily feel, average carbonation, & bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2416) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2014
I really think the ESB title is misleading as it really is more of an APA than anything. Copper with a white head. Rustic hop aroma with a medium malt profile and some sweetness. Round malty finish leads to a dryer hop aftertaste. Quite hoppy with a hefty fruit tone. Very enjoyable once I got past thinking it was going to be an ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackFox (1) - AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2014 does not count
Off the hand-pump in Hart’s Pub today, this lovely soft pint took me back to pub gardens lost, in the shadow of Shangri-La

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ColaKid (70) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2014
I was really surprised by this ESB, had a bottle at The Firehouse in Ringwood VIC. It has a surprisingly bright taste for an ESB with a nice caramel balance to the bitterness. There has been a fair bit of a dry hopping which adds good complexity to what is sometimes lacking in an ESB. A very good beer and will definitely have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marom92 (47) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2014
330ml Bottle. A dark amber/caramel coloured beer with a frothy off white head. Aromas of a toasted caramel malt, and a piney/citrus hops with hints of spice and bread. Taste is smooth and malty with a slight toffee sweetness. Moves into a bitter, hoppy finish. Very nice, easy drinking.

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