Brewed by Ossett
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Ossett, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Cask & Bottle Conditioned; Regular.
Our strongest permanently available brew, Excelsior has a mellow yet full flavour that develops into a fruity dryness. A fresh, hoppy aroma with citrus, toffee and floral characteristics.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5018) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2012
50cl bottle. Thin white head. Golden/blond pour. Nice subtle bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (14282) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
5th August 2009
Cask at GBBF. Slightly hazy gold beer. Fresh light and dry palate. Semi sweet grapefruit hops. some bitterness as well, Decent but a let down by being a bit too dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Nov 2009: Every so often I find a breweries beers Iíve never heard of before, Ossett being the brewery this time, Excelsior being their strongest regular brew. Pick up in Cleethorpes and with 4 months life left, it was poured into a UK pint sleeve for this review. Pale and lager looking (gold and bright), a full foaming white head sat on top of the beer. On closer inspection a very slight haze could be detected within the body, but not enough to ruin its looks, but a haze none the less. Cascade hops are used, unusual for a UK bitter, helps the lightness but didnít add anything to the aroma, which was wheaty, a leaning towards floral, but after everything, a bland smelling beer. Hops, the Cascade boys now turn up to give some dryness; a yeasty, doughy taste combine within the flavours to make this a different beer to many Iíve reviewed. Light bodied, yet flavoursome with a strong aftertaste, the alcohol (5.2%ABV) being more prominent towards the end of the session.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dogbomb (917) - ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
On cask. Light gold, white top. Smells of bitter lemon. In the mouth there's a gin like slo-berry, lime, and bags of hoppy bitters. A bit off kilter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2308) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2012
On tap at the Haymarket Bar. Pours golden with a proportionate head. The nose has creamy, grapefruit. The taste has more of the same against a malt background. The palate is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a clean finish. Overall, a solid citizen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
superflyguy (422) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
gentle hop aroma. fuller flavour in the mouth with a little malt coming through. i felt the 5.2 came through too much. good head! cask. the hop. leeds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2012
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in September 2004. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale amber in colour with a thin white head. Distinct aroma of burnt toffee, short in the nose. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a rich fiery flavour to the biscuity base with a hint of toasted marshmallows. Slight prickle of bitter hop resins comes through in the short aftertaste. Finish is malty and robust with warming sweet notes of golden syrup and highland toffee. An excellent ESB and well recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3169) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2011
Cask @ The Bon Accord. Rich golden yellow colour, good head. Fruity resin aroma. Biscuit lemon flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1815) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
Cask, Interval Bar, Sheffield. Hazy gold, musty citrus aroma. Somewhat thick, good bitterness, then a milky lemon finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (1907) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2011
Cask at the Grape and Grain Autumn beer festival 2011, Crystal Palace. Pale gold pour with a white head. Citrus, malts and light fruit nose. Pear and a splash of citrus flavour. Fruity-bitter finish. Good.

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