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


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RATINGS: 665   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Very creamy looking with a little help from the nitro.Otherwise its an litely colored amber,with a creamy white head.It's hard to get a good smell with all that foam but what i think is there is,malty,lemony,with a mild hopping.The taste is watery,mildly malty and semi-sweet with a good hop presence,that gives a nice after taste at the end of mild lemon and hops.I like this brew it was a surprise at the pour and even more so at the tasting.I'd be glad to have this in my beer inventory all the time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2003
The immediate impact is the rich copper colour of the beer. The flavour is then as promised, a similarly rich toffeish finish and a high hop note. The head is not greatly prominent but is typical of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2003
Good looking beer, nice lacework. Smooth at first and later a lingering bitterness. Easy drinkable. Will have this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5064) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured a medium foamy head of fine off-white bubbles and a carbonated slightly dark amber colored body. It has a malt-hop-floral aroma with a slightly chewy hop-bread flavor that starts out smooth and ends with a lingering slight bitter aftertaste. It leave a most excellent clinging vine lacing on the side of the mug when you tip it that never disappeared and covered the entire side of the mug. One of the best lacings I have seen in a brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Can. This brew poured a vanilla color long-lasting creamy head with fine-small bubbles. The lacing was excellent, but it did not last long. It had a spicy aroma to me. There was no carbonation present. The body was orangish. This brew was definitely bitter tasting and it also had a lingering aftertaste to it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Yeeeargh!!! Skunky! I'll try and pick out the stuff around the skunkiness...Poured with a flat white head, cloudy amber color. I can definitely taste the burnt toffee, caramel, and bitterness as described by the company...but...ugh...Skunky...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2003
Bottled. Medium to dark orange hue with virtually no head. It didn't look appertising I must admit. Drinks with with the burnt toffee coming through first and then a good does of refreshing bitterness. Medium to long lasting palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Panzuriel (1407) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2003
Nice amber body with a fine head. Floral hops with a touch of malt. Good bitter flavor with some floral hop tones. Nice beer. Somewhat thin and a little flat but good none the less.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2003
Body si amber and clear. Head is creamy, off-white and medium sized. Aroma is malty and nicely hoppy. Flavour is semi-sweet, hoppy and finishes bitter and slightly acidic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6653) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 Widemouth bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted light bread), moderately hoppy (flowers), with notes of peach and diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. I'll never understand why nitro beer is popular (see draught can review below). It ruins beer. Period. Granted, this still isn't a great brew, but it's at least above average from this medium...pleasant aroma and assertive bitterness. Case closed.

Draught can. Head is initially small, creamy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted light bread), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Rated 4/4/5/2/9=2.4.

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