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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deep amber ale with pronounced hop bitterness and aromatics, substantial and balanced.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1141) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2013
On draught at Beer Revolution in Oakland. Red-brown, clear, head doesn’t stick around for long. Dry hop taste, bitter, but has some body to it. After the initial hop shock its quite smooth. The aroma is good, hoppy hint of toastiness, and some citrus zest.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bmsulliv (166) - - FEB 21, 2013
Room temp hand pumped. Smells dank. Dark copper red. Tastes malty but luckily a nice hop kick balances it out ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (927) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
An interesting beer. Pours a beautiful red with a thick white head. Not much smell, a little hops. Taste is hoppy, a little creamy, not much else. Had on tap at Hopmonk. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Cask from the Toronado in SF. Pours copper with a tiny light beige head. Nose of toffee malts and English hops. Balance of sweet and bitter taste. Simple but great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
On tap at the Toronado. Flavor is lightly malty and sweet with a slight bitter hop...served lukewarm. Eh, wha? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
16 ounce sample on cask at Toronado. Fruity and estery aroma with some berries and a piney, spruce-like quality present. I almost get some rye in this beer...actually, a lot. Transparent dark amber body with a medium, creamy off-yellowish head present. Fantastic lacing. Spicy, black pepper flavors are present to start, with a nice roastiness in the middle. Some toast is also there. Finishes lightly metallic with more spiciness that seems to be rye to me. Pretty good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lightandrhythm (63) - - MAY 26, 2012
Deep amber color. Sharp on the palate and very hoppy for an ESB. Darker malt flavor balances the bitter hops nicely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloshgator (426) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pretty decent English bitter drank cask conditioned tonight. Bitterness tends to overwhelm the more subtle flavors that come through occasionally.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GypsyHead (33) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Loved this brew on cask at Toronado in SF. Great fruity brew with just a little caramel roastiness, wonderfully refreshing and light

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Draft at The Linkery in San Diego. Pours a dark golden amber color with a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind. Floral, earthy aroma with a nice balance of piney and citrus hop notes.  Pine needle, grapefruit and orange peel along with some biscuity malt. Fuller bodied than expected with a good balance of dry bitterness, citrus rind and sweet malt.  Slightly dry and resinous with some pine needle and floral notes countered by some grapefruit and orange peel. Decent malt backbone provides balance without taking away from the hops.  Slightly sweet with hints of caramel, subtle toffe and biscuit.  Well done.


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