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


on tap


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
This full-flavoured pale ale provides a complex taste experience, beginning with notes of nuts and toffee and ending in lingering hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3380) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
500 ml bottle from Alcool NB Liquor in Fredericton. Pours a slightly murky brown with moderate off-white head. Caramel and nuttiness in nose with mild hoppiness. Strong caramel malty flavour with citrus hops becoming more prominent as the beer warms. Lasting moderate bitter finish. Hadn’t heard of this brewery so didn’t know what to expect - was pleasantly surprised with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2009 A: Poured with a very large, off-white head that hung around at a good two-finger size for almost the entire consumption of the 500 ml bottle. Head is clumpy, and yields nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Body is hazy, and a nice, dark-amber color. S: Consistent aroma of some light, roasted malt, and strong bitterness. Maybe some light fruit in there as well, but nothing too distinctive. T: Very nice taste of sweetness at the beginning, and finishing with a moderately-bitter flavor that is intermediate-lasting. Nothing too overpowering, but far from boring as well. Quite a nice tasting bitter. M: Medium-to-full bodied and creamy texture. Average carbonation. D: An excellent bitter, and one of Picaroons better entries. Easy to drink, but more than enough in the flavor and mouthfeel department to be extremely enjoyable... and easily the best-looking Picaroons to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
A hazy clear brown ale with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, pleasant butterscotch, cherry wood, vinous, rosewater and caramel, In mouth, a nutty malt, with alcohol, dry hops, wooden notes and rosewater. Medium bodied. Early 2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Bouteille de 500 ml. La bière est de couleur orange brulé avec une mousse démesurée. Au nez on respire des arômes de caramel brulé, de sapin et de céréales. En bouche le corps est mince-moyen avec une effervescence élevée. On goûte des saveurs de sapin, de caramel et de houblon sec, tranchant et amère.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 Bottle. Clear amber with decent white head. Clean caramel malt soon becomes obscured by acetone aromas. Mmmmm diacetyl on top of caramel malt. Doh! Carbonation is medium, with decent mouthfeel. Some nutty flavors but flawed, with acridity and acetone in finish. Am thinking we got a skunked bottle, purchased @ Sackville, NB govt store. Sampled again with only slightly higher ratings and averaged together...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 Bottle. Smoky, sweet caramel, nutty malt aroma. Deep copper in colour, decent off white head. Smoky, nutty flavour. Tangy bitter finish. Little thin in texture but a good English style bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcwattsrugger (12186) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2007
500ml bottle-pours a big foamy to shaving cream light tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, some spicy fruit. Taste is more like a bitter. Also some issues, so I’ll adjust up slightly. Mild carbonation. Thanks Ed Notch for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Pours deep amber with a nice medium head. You get the malt notes of toasted grains and some spices. The palate shows some citrus notes from the hops. The finish has a bit of a slight bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tessic (1036) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
This ale poured a cloudy dark orange colour with a nice creamy light brown head. Scents included nuts, roasted malt, nutmeg and yeast. First taste was very citrusy with flavours of oranges and light lemon flavour. Slightly bitter with a smoke finish. Slightly watery mouthfeel but quire a bit of flavour. Slightly yeasty palate. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - AUG 11, 2007
Bought this in Bathurst, New Brunswick. I’d never heard of the brewery before, so I was delighted to pick up three different offerings. Pours a dark toffee-copper with tan head o’ foam. The head kept up the covering pretty well until just before the end of it all. The aroma is mostly hops, a mix of cut grass, lemons, and hay, with a touch of grain. The mouthfeel is smooth and, as others have noted, slight creamy. It did have a bit more carbonation than I expect from a bitter, but no big deal. The taste is molasses, slightly roasted malt, big on the hops, citrus, buckwheat honey. This is a hoppy, malty, and earthy bitter. Quite good and true to style. I actually enjoyed this bitter better than most of what I had the chance to try while in south England. I wish I had access to this beer in Newfoundland. Alas...

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