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Brewed by Northampton Brewing Co. (NB)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Fredericton, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This full-flavoured pale ale provides a complex taste experience, beginning with notes of nuts and toffee and ending in lingering hop bitterness.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle trade with OKbeer. Appearance: Cloudy copper gold with thick white head. Aroma: Malt, spice, banana bread, hay and chesy hops. Flavour: Flat, low malt flavour for a bitter. Spicy character is nice but out of place. Musty - an oxidized bottle. Overall: Musty and cheesy with with little malt character to back it up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4862) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a nice foamy head with some good retention. Aroma of malt with a light floral aroma. Taste is lightly sweet with some subtle floral hops. Body is fuller then expected with some adequate carbonation. Well done session ale that stays within the style parameter.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2007
500 ml bottle from New Brunswick Liquor Corporation on King Street, Saint John, New Brunswick (May 2007) served at cellar temperature from a Samuel Smiths pint glass. A frothy medium-bubbled buff head descends gracefully into a small puddle atop the hazy medium amber body.....at first the aroma gives a whiff of butterscotch, uh oh, but this is quickly added to by a lovely cidery scent, and the resulting buttery-apple smell is quite charming, with a light earthy-funky hoppiness backing it up for more pleasure....the body is nutty, lightly fruity (apricots, cherries) and offers a nice level of carbonation, but alas it is also extraordinarily thin and watery, there is so little malt that the flavors just sag and disappear in a thin mess with a light brackish/salty quality at the finish that doesn’t help matters any. A nice start, but on the whole not very appealing, and it gets progressively cloying, syrupy and somewhat unclean as it warms (though less watery, I guess). Not a fan of this brewery thus far....

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1905) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
nice amber colour, very good bitter. decent head with minimal lacing. nice caremel malts nice hops nose, some nuttiness

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 500ml bottle. Hazy tea-coloured amber, huge head that generates some terrific lace. Earthy aroma, faintly sweet as well. Nutty toffee with some faintly fruity hop character and a respectable bitter finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. Pumpkin orange color, good sized frothy white head. They manage to maintain for lack of better term a "natural" flavor while this beer is very sweet and nutty. Other flavors include notes of caramel, and a sweet malt flavor. I am very impressed with this one.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
probstblueribbon (3058) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2006
500 mL bottle from ANBL. Medium orangey-brown and a tight, foamy light mocha head. An odd, dirty, burnt nose. Some hops comes through. Reminds me of wet ashtray, or old coffee grinds. Med bodied and fairly soft carbonation. Luckily the flavour isn’t quite as bad as the smell. A little bit of malt and nut at first, followed by a generous hops flavour. Floral and slightly resunous. Fairly dry with a moderate bitterness that hangs on for a short time. Bought at the same time as the Summer Wheat and I question the store’s stock rotation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
Robe dorée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche fugace. Arômes de houblon fruité et floral. Saveurs franches de houblon fruité, floral et épiceé. Très bien balancée.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Any first impressions?
-The frothy head depletes to a veil over the gleaming dark amber.
-Flourishing herbal, wooden hops are beautifully glued to caramel malts and fruity esters.
-Piney bark is engulfed into toffee sweetness.
-The active carbonation is a tad too much maybe for the smooth, malty body.

What if you dig deeper?
-The resinous, tea-like, wooden hop bitterness is nicely leveled.
-Wet earthiness builds in the nose within the wood and leaves.
-Mineral angles are found; hard water?
-Malts also contribute a bready character from aroma to finish.
-Cherry fruitiness seems to stem from the caramel sweetness, broadening the already complex flavor spectrum.
-This is a very good bitter for your hardworking muscles; every flavor grew on me as I downed the pint, and that’s always a good sign, isn’t it?

Bottles.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eructoblaster (3108) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 On tap. Amber body with low carbonation and a thin but lasting white foamy/creamy head. Hoppy aroma is rather thin and carries some hints of pine. Decent hoppy taste that lacks complexity. It ends with a fair bitter finish. This is neither bad or exciting.


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