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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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"An Extra Special Bitter, but don't let the name steer you away. This bronze-colored brew offers a great balance between traditional English hops and a bit of residual malt sweetness"


chicagobears' rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (436) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
A fine looking burnt orange/amber beer pured into Sam Adams pint glass. Get a hint of caramel and tropical fruit in the nose. Sweet and earthy hops in the flavor. A nice bitterness in the flavor smoothed out with some caramel sweetness. A pick up a hint of tropical fruit along with a bubblegum note.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 24, 2015
Pouring at TAP NY 2014. Pours a clear gold with a thin to medium sized white head. Sweet malt and grain on the nose. Medium bodied, sweet, banana. Malty, sweet and easy drinking with a light bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
New England Bucket List Trip #176. Keg at the brewpub. Pours a clear copper with a thin creamy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of toasted malts and mild caramel. The taste is raisin, caramel, toasted malt, mild floral hops. Thin-medium bodied, mild lingerng bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (3779) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Pours a clear amber color with a white head that left light lacing. Nose of biscuit malts and floral hops. Medium body. Flavor is caramel malts and light greasy hops. Mild bitter finish., Nothing fancy here but drinks just fine/

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sudomorph (929) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours a clear caramel with a half finger, off white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, bread, and fruity English yeast. Taste is balanced. Mild notes of caramel, bread, traditional hops, and hints of fruity esters. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Overall pretty tasty for the style. Caramel, bread, and English yeast.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smboselli (137) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
This would be a much better rating if it actually tasted like an ale. Tastes like a lager to me ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle - 341ml. Nice amber body with average carbonation and a thin, off-white foamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with woody, spicy, and some caramel hints. Taste is slightly dominated by hoppy flavors. It carries malty, grainy, and oaky notes. Ends with a sharp bitter finish. Enjoyable Bitter.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
swoopjones (6986) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2014
bottle, bad all the way around except the color. caramel colored. chemical, pledge, rubbing alcohol. bad, should have of never have sold to Saranac

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
berkshirejohn (5223) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
12oz bottle from Wegman’s, West Seneca, NY. Golden amber with a trace of cream head; malty aroma; sweet caramel malt taste; some light herbal hops. Not like the ESBs I’m used to at home.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber with a moderate-large linen white head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Mild aroma of malt with some faint toast. The flavor is malt along with light toast and caramel. Mild-moderate hops bitterness at the finish with some slight dryness and lingering toast in the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a one finger fizzy off-white head that had decent retention. The nose is toasty and crystal malt with just a light hint of leafy hops. The flavor is a little overly sweet for the style based on what I expect. Minimal bitterness fading to a lingering husky and slightly sweet finish. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Not the most exciting beer, but even among the style it’s not one of the better examples.


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