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


on tap

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RATINGS: 92   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brufrog (15) - New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 6, 2005
Wow this beer has recently improved. The last bottle I had was very intense in the hop aroma department -- almost West Coast style. Overall, a great bitter, with lots of minerally components from the water (much like UK real ale), plus the tasty fruity house yeast profile and plenty of hop bitterness, aroma and flavour. Great session beer - if it were lower in alcohol. A great beer to serve in cask conditioned format (please!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swiseman (482) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 9, 2004
This is another great beer from Picaroons. The name really says it all - "best" -well, very good and -"bitter" - exceptionally bitter aftertaste. I think this is one beer that people will either love or hate - nothing in between. Like all Picaroons beers, there is certainly a full flavour. Another one that is worth a try when in New Brunswick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidarmanini (2) - USA - JUN 2, 2010 does not count
This is my favorite beer from Picaroons, nice first and after bitter taste, amber coloured and perfect carbonation for me (medium to low).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (11216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2004
Very good ingredients: the malt, the yeast, the hops, the creamy mouthfeel. An initial bite, with nuts and fruit. Amber-mahagoney dark. Fresh as if on tap. Thank you for sharing, mr_kimchee!

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbariario (1) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 5, 2011 does not count
A great, well-bodied micro brew from New Brunswick. This beer is not as bitter as its name implies, nor is it as hoppy as one would assume. It’s smooth with a well-rounded aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierdimpfe (490) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2016
Slightly hazy copper and amber colors with strong subtle activity. Creamy beige sparkly 2 finger head, lasting 15 minutes, with strong legs. Nice caramel and spicy hops smell. Flavors of toffee, molasses, dark berries, apples, lemon, coriander, and herbal spices. Well balanced syrupy sweetness having a bready feel, coupled with a pleasant sharp citrus, fruity, and spicy grassy feel. Slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong finish of medium length, ending with some crisp citrus sourness and thick noble spices on the tongue. Overall a solid craft offering excellent flavors that are well balanced and intensified, with crispy freshness. A little heavy on the spices but still enjoyable.

   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.

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (3094) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2010
Bought this one in Edmonston, N.B. when I was on tour with my band (summer 2009 - sampled January 2010). Pours a caramel-orange colour with a huge off-white head, long retention, foamy-cream texture and lacing all-around. Fruity nose with a touch of apples and grapes. Then, after breathing, notes of vanilla, malt and hop present themselves. Beautiful tiny bubble carbonation at an average pace and mouthfeel is wet, but not too watery... meaning, refreshing with a little stickiness and medium-bodied. Nutty and fruity malts, with some light bitterness in the finish and some grain malt in the aftertaste. It even gets hazy near the end of the bottle. Lots of aromas and flavours in this one. Just a wonderful Canadian version of the ESB that I would have anytime (if we could get it here).

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