Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Staveley, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Pasteurised bottle.
Note: The cask version has a separate listing.

Deep red in colour, rich, malty and dry. A more robust version of the Best Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAR 16, 2015
500 ml bottle from Les Vignerons. Wonderful dark amber/light copper, perfectly clear, with a nice, fluffy and persistent yellowish head. I had my last proper ESB a while ago, but this one it seems quite a textbook example, concerning the aroma. Slightly toasted malts, caramel, citrus jam/marmelade, earthy hops, a subtle hint of smoke and coffee as well. Taste pretty much follow suite. Silky smooth, very gentle fizz, moderate, clean and lingering bitterness. Solid level of taste (again caramel/toffee and fruity jam/marmelade) and ridicolous drinkability. Not the cleanest aftertaste (just a hint of cardboard/metallic notes) but I can’t really complain, it really is a perfectly decent interpretation of the style, imho. Soft to average carbonation, medium body, creamy texture. I wouldn’t mind 1 or 2 pints of this one on cask. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (3888) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2015
Clear dark ruby, light brown lacing foam head. Strong hoppy bitter aroma and also strong bitter taste. Dry in mouth, lasting aftertaste. (Velp 201502)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmacklin (883) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
500 ml bottle. (4.4% ABV) Pours a slightly hazy, deep copper-red colour with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of malt, caramel and berries. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, caramel and red berries with a dry, bitter hoppy finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5401) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle from the Spar. Appearance - amber to copper with a nicely proportioned head. Nose - red berries sweet malt and gentle biscuits. Taste - more of the same. Palate - close to medium bodied with a sweet yet crunchy texture and a long balanced finish. Overall - very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
(Bottle): Pours an amber, maybe a touch of red with a small white head. Aroma of toffee and malty notes. Kind of generic malt, toffee and slight fruit/hop notes in the tasting. Dry finish and the flavour lingers for a while. It’s an average bitter but produced quite well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8778) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2013
Copper-red in colour, next to no head with a bitter and sweet character. Has a pleasant medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (3504) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Aroma: Grassy and earthy with toffee and citrus notes.

Appearance: Clear amber body with a thick off-white head. Lively carbonation. Great lacing.

Taste: Toffee, red apple, wood and roasted malt. Bitter finish.

Palate: Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation.

Overall: A solid, malty Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4654) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle. Brownish reddish beer with a very strong frothy light brown head. The aroma is lightly roasted and the flavour is very deeply roasted and bitter with a caramel finish. Overall a nice deeply bitter and roasted beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Cooper-amber with good head and pebbled lace. Aroma has a bit of vanilla, light spice and malt. Flavou mirrors the scent with a raw woody character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5762) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2011
500ml bottle listed at 4.4%ABV pours amber in color with a small white head which leaves little lacing. Aroma is light caramel with a hint of hops. Taste is light caramel sweetness and a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Light to medium body and decent carbonation provide an adequate mouthfeel. A decent enough beer, but nothing really stands out.

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