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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Undeniably Spokane’s most storied ale pays homage to Crystal Laundry that had to be torn down for Expo ’74. This burgundy-colored ale is an intriguing spin cycle of English, German, and American brewing techniques. This ale dispenses a big herbal hop nose, layered malt flavors, and a palette-cleansing bitterness

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7668) - Mölndal, - JUN 29, 2013
1 pt 6 fl oz bottle, thanks to Jörgen (not on ratebeer). Marked "Crystal Bitter ESB" and 5.75% ABV. BB Aug 2014, sampled on June 28, 2013.
Hazy brown color, fluffy yellow head. Malty, sweet, bisquit, hoppy scent. Malty, bitter, fruity taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (3002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
Draft - Light toasted malts and some caramel. Clear dark copper with a nice beige head. Sweet woody caramel, with some maple notes. Bitter but nice finish. Interesting, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1486) - Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2014
22 oz bottle- Pours hazy dark orange with a one finger light tan head that slowly reduces leaving a blanket and some lace. The aroma is caramel malt, spicy hops. The taste is really creamy, smooth and really good actually, caramel candy, mild hops dry things out, salty finish. I am pleasantly surprised by this one, really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1582) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2014
Dark amber with a thin off-white head. Malty, earthy, herbal and caramel with a suitably bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at Big Texas Beer Fest. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, caramel, and some bread. Taste is bready spice, nice bitterness, and almost mint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3750) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
BTBF. 2003 Cavaliers show was one of my all-time favorites. Pours a clear orange color. Malty nose, grainy, sweet and sugary. Flavor is sweet, tasty and grainy. Splooie

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3639) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle at BTBF 2014. Deep amber with a decent cream colored head. Aroma is of malt, leaves, grass and earth. Taste is of herbal hops, malt, caramel, tea, and leaves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
Sampled at Repeal. I wish I would have had this earlier. Amber with copper. This is a nice Americanized version of an ESB. Those west coast hops are a nice addition to the Noble ones. Malts are just right and are pale and crystal. Nothing like caramel. This is what I want in an American ESB. Unfortunately, I had it after a dozen or so other beers which is not the way this beer should be enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4784) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2014
Deep amber with a cream head. Caramel, roasted malts, dough, and toffee. Easy palate, caramel, dough, bitter, sweet finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheGooch510 (13) - Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Great ESB! I can see why it won the Gold at the Great American Beer Festival in that category. Malty sweet characteristics and nose with a great hop finish. Very subtle in the bitterness. Good to see a brewery doing a good ESB!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (1808) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2014
@ Whole Foods Market / Asheville NC --- Hazy dark ruby amber, long-lasting off-white head, stripes of lace. Taste is malt at the beginning, growing stronger and sweeter through the palate before slowly growing more bitter as it lingers in a very long finish. A satisfying, easy drinking brew. No-Li is doing a lot of things very well. Recommended.

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