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


on tap

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RATINGS: 683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Available filtered in a variety of containers in Finland, UK, USA, Brazil, Denmark, France, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.
Can has been 4.3% since at least 2014
Ingredients: Pale Malt; Bramling Cross hops.
Originally brewed in the Ruddles brewery in Oakham, Leicestershire (Rutland); moved in 1997 to the Morland brewery in Abingdon, Oxfordshire; finally moved in 2000 to the Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2003
I picked up some of this the other night, and I won't lie, I thought the cap was cool on it. I drank it at a party and my friends thought I was drinking an iced tea. The mouthfeel lingered even after swallowing. Some caramel notes with a good bit of bitterness. Tastes fairly typical of most of the average English brews that I've had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1470) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2003
I've been passing this one by on the shelves of my local retailer for a while now. It's hard to miss such a unique packaging. The pull top did require a little leverage to get opened, however. The brew: wonderfully mild and balanced. Very flowery as I made my way down the glass, almost lavender in flavor. The malts do strut their stuff a bit too. Worth trying once, at least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Not very bitter for a bitter beer. Maybe my tastebuds were expecting something different. Had on tap, so cannot blame a widget. Taste was more of toasted malt with hints of fruit (like pear). Aftertaste was a bit cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
The Etruscan (583) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 9, 2003
Weak white head. dark copper color. Aroma is malty with strong caramel and wood notes. Flavor is malty too, slightly roasted with some crispy notes, ending in a dry bitter wooden finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2003
Amber coloured beer with a medium to big head. Clear toffee aroma. Very bitter caramel tasting beer with a dry bitter aftertaste. Not my type of beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Canned: Not to my liking. Yes, it was smooth, but the flavor wasn't very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2003
A beautiful dark amber colour. A distinct hop-aroma with some hints of toffee. A really bitter one with a lot of hoppy flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2003
The bitterness is more in the aftertaste than upfront, and there weren't any other strong flavours immediately noticeable. Crisp carbonation, though not a strong head. Rather light for a "bitter ale"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2003
A standard bitter. Nasty bottle. Don't expose to sunlight. Looks lie Earl Grey tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2003
Dark copper color, sherry and dark malt aroma, taste of roasted malt and licorice with increasing smack of sweet aromatic hops. Slightly bitter finish. Heavy body. Hopbitter and malty sweet aftertaste .Not very drinkable.

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