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


on tap

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RATINGS: 675   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Very true to type. Dry with a definate bitter profile. The head lasted and lasted and a surprising sweetness in the begining

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rightoff70 (4) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2003 does not count
Reddish brown color. Palate smooth and rather thin. Taste bitter throughout (surprise!) with a little something I couldn't place in the finish. It seemed vaguely soapy or leathery, and most closely resembled the smell of a room in barn full of saddles and other equestrian equipment. Better than average but not something I'd go out of my way to get.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (13365) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2004 Amber/orange color with an ok head. Mild hoppy aroma, and the flavor is hoppy as well. Quite bitter and the finish adds to it. Im not impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Cloudy rust-colored beer with substantial marshmellowy head. There's a sweet aroma reminiscent of cake icing. The beer itself is predominately sweet -- very caramel -- with a bitter candied overtone. Very different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Color was a dark amber brown, very thick white head about a finger high. Smells very dry right from the start with a strange musty old cloth aroma, some floral hops, sweet citrus and bitterness. Taste was very dried out and a little empty, lots of floral hopiness, and citrusy bitterness. Clean and smooth, but lacking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2003
Not terrible for the style. Good for the first beer of the night, and did I mention that the minimum 75 character limit is stoopid?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Nitro can. Copper color with thick off-white head. Hoppy aroma, but the nitro always seems to take something away from the aroma. Bitter flavor with a dry finish. Medium body. It was ok but I don't know if I would buy again, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CEZ (405) - Milano, ITALY - JUN 16, 2003
[50 cl. can] Dark orange color. Pours a small, decently lasting head. Nutty, hoppy, earthly and also a bit metallic, aroma. The taste is moderately bitter, but rather mild overall. Light/medium body and dry finish. Good, but not exciting.

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