Brewed by Hop Studio
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
York, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
XS is an extremely special complex, strong ale. Maris Otter Pale and Crystal Malt provide the rich malty base.Challenger, Northdown, and Target hops contribute a complex rounded bitterness enhanced by floral, citrus aromas and flavours from Wakatu hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (7325) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours hazy amber, nose is toffee, floral, taste is very sweet, not too bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7033) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2015
(Cask at Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell, London, 30 Nov 2014) Amber colour with brief, frothy head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of citrus, orange and apricots. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, orange, apricots, tropical fruit and a balanced citric bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a certain malt sweetness. Tasty and balanced with a fresh hop character. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2543) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle from Beers of Europe [180115]
Dark copper amber, clear, frothy white head dissipates to thin layer, slight lacing
Aroma of soft citrus hops, slight gooseberry, touch floral
Taste of caramel malts, soft hedgerow hops, bitter zest hops, quite malty, hops more bitter than fruity
Palate - soft carb, medium body, fairly oily, soft sweet, quite bitter. Finish is a bit dry with a bitter zest linger
Overall - OK, but too much crystal malt in this

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (6244) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Cask @ Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge. Copper with a thin head. Fairly smooth tasting with a small liquorice sweetness alongside some light malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2014
Cask conditioned handpump Veritas Leeds 01/05/14. A mid brown coloured beer with a tight white head and lace. Pretty highly hopped with some woody and chocolatey malty flavours. On the sweet side but not oppressively so. A good body. Tasty for sure. Oranges noted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_hartshorne (2413) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2014
Cask west ridings dewsbury. Hazy copper colour ok white head and lacing. Aroma is weak fruity malts. Taste is sweet malts some citrus spice light bitter finish really nice taste. Medium body soft carbonation. Decent tasting stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
Rook & Gaskill, York 26 Jan 13. Aprikosfarget. Veldig uklar. Lavt skum. Beskjeden søt aroma. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken litt tung fruktig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8562) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Baz, (cheers Baz) consumed at Eardisley, Herefordshire Friday 8th November 2013 This looks every bit an ESB. Pours copper in colour, looks good, clarity good, sweet, there is a metallicy bitterness. Solid tasting ESB, quite bitter, but also quite malty. A6 A4 T7 P3 Ov13 3.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5955) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a slightly hazy chesnut brown with a bubbly off-white head. The aroma is malt hop. The flavour is medium bitter with a medium bodied low carbonation palate and a liqourice bitter malt finish. A classic slightly hoppy ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Tap at the Pub, Leicester. Fresh hop aroma. Toffee appearance. Lovely IPA taste, slightly thin. Easy drinking. Worth a try.

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