Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles.
"This succulent premium ale has a wonderful blend of hops that give spicy and citrus fruit flavours leading into a dried fruit and biscuit malt finish. Twice a gold medal winner at the British Bottlers’ Institute Awards. Rich and malty as well as fruity and spicy. Nutty amber malt and biscuit pale malt together with crystal malt giving toffee/caramel notes. Fuggles and Styrian hops brings masses of tropical fruit and fragrant spiciness. Robust bitterness is balanced with the full body and mouth feel provided by the malt and the satisfyingly complex hoppiness."
A Ridley’s beer, brewed at Greene King since late 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2007
This is an early rating, and very short. Amber with a nice head. The aroma has notes of malt and fruit. The flavour has floral, malty notes of fruit and it’s mild and mellow.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rune (11352) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2007
500ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, Holborn. Dark amber, good clarity and white foamy head. Vague citric aroma. Spicy and malty taste supported by mild tartness. Refreshing, but rather dull (01.02.2007).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vanvenlo (1787) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2007
10 Jun 2006 - Hairspray and hop aroma with light roasted malt. Clear brown-red colour, reasonable head and good sheet suds lacing. Light roasted malt and big hop flavour. A bit thin, finishes with a hoppinessand bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lunkie (1827) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2007
Very strange hoppy hairspray aroma. Clear red brown colour with good head and lacing. Bitter hop mlt flavour. Flat palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2007
Tangy sweet malt nose with some vinousness. Pours coppery red with a disappearing head. Flavour is fruity and richly bitter with some citrus and lots of hops. Finish is long and dry. A very nice ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GregClow (3215) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle shared with a bunch of folks at DougShoemaker’s Decemberfest 2006 - courtesy of Jon. Clear, bright amber with a small white head. Aroma - skunky. Damn. When will these UK brewers learn to stop with the clear bottles? Once the skunk clears a bit, there seems to be some decent malt notes. Same goes for the flavour - it seems like there’s a nice little ale in there, but the off-flavours just kill it for me. Too bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle. Clear orange with a small white head. Skunky aroma accompanied by bread and oranges. The flavour is quite light, malt-accented, and skunky though not nearly as much as the aroma. Meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle shared with the gang at Decemberfest 2006 -- courtesy of Jon. Pours a clear bubbly amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of UK hops, grain and sweet malt is unfortunately skunky -- damn clear bottles. Flavour of caramel malt and UK hops is also slightly off. Medium bodied. Probably a decent beer in here but if it keeps being imported in clear bottles I’ll never know.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle (500ml - clear). at Decemberfest 2006. Poured clear amber with a very small bit of head. Pretty nasty aroma of funk/skunk, sour papery cheap caramel malt, wet grain. Tate - sour; slightly skunky, with stale grassy hops and some brown sugar malt in the aftertaste. Dull body, sticky and moderately carbonated mouthfeel ... this might be a decent beer in a BROWN BOTTLE.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 14, 2006
Bright amber, sparkly, bright white porous top.
Aroma: medium pale malts, grainy character, light hints of alcohol.
Medium bodied, light bitter touch with malty base. Clean ale, a bit simple. Slightly thin hoppy finish.

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