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Brewed by Merchant Ale House / Murray Street Brewing
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Saint Catharines, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   ABV: -
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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redpooba (396) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2013
A hazy amber-yellow, with a frothy white head. The spices are layered and mess well together, the bitter is robust but built in nicely. A good esb ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoberDave (132) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
Weak aroma with a cloudy golden pour. Pungeant bitter, ginger and lime flavour. Some fizz on the tongue and a nice bite to it.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Had @ the Merchant Ale House in St Catherines, Canada - drinking this beer on draft .. . woah, worst nose ever for a brewpub beer .. some wheat, nice bitterness .. . damn the nose kills this beer, but other than than- good all round .. .
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
Pale golden pour with a little bit of white head. The aroma has a nice fresh bite. A bright spicy hop aroma with a bit of light malt. A nice bright UK hop flavour along with a touch of light minerally bitterness. Really solid bitter. Lingering bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
For an ESB this one was quite sweet and it was bitter but not as bitter as other ESB in a good way. I really enjoyed this beer, good offering

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
[1541-20080719] Tap. Mild grains aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Bitter lemon rind grains flavour is a little hoppy. Medium body is tangy. Average.
(@ Merchant Ale House; St. Catherines, ON)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2008
On tap at the brewery- Deep copper/amber with a frothy white cap. Nose is of muted earthy malts and wet hay, alongside some vague fruitiness and butterscotch. Flavour profile is weak sweet malts with a dank fruity component. Very weak. Something says this isnít right. Itís sorta of muddled and doesnít resemble much. Itís a sweet, dank, strange muddy concoction. Not offensive, but confused.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8619) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
hoppy aroma, initial hop bite and flavour, and then notice much carbonationaand water. Citrus. White crown hhead with lace on medium grapefruit colour. Some creaminess in the mouthfeel.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
Draught at the Merchant Ale House. Hazy golden-amber with a tight white head. Muted aroma, but what I could find seemed stale to me. Flavour was pretty standard for the style, but again, somewhat muted and stale. This staleness seemed to appear in a lot of their beers - maybe they just havenít had a lot of turnover through the holidays? Whatever the case, thereís no excuse for serving stale product at a brewpub, and my ratings reflect that.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught. At Merchant Ale House, shared with jerc and GregClow. Poured hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma said "stale barn" to me - stale hops, weak malt, sourish grain mash. Taste similar, bump the hops up, a bit more sour and vegetal (not if a really bad way). Mouthfeel is thin and astringent - overall quite disappointing, but if fresh (and not so cold) this might have been decent.


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