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


on tap


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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   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; Goldings, Challenger & 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.

An English Ale with a distinctive flavour of dark toffee and caramel combined with a crisp bitterness derived from using rare Bramling Cross hops. Tropical and berry fruits from the mix of hops, in particular the rare Bramling Cross which adds black and redcurrants. Challenger in the boiling copper gives robust bitterness and this is balanced by the sweetness from the pale and crystal malts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Befuddled by the ruddle---where has it been all these years? Honey colored with nice light head. Nose is sweet with a slightly off balanced spiciness. The flavor is equally sweet with notes of nuts, caramel, and fruit, combined with a woody farm ruggediness Really good balance. Dry finish. I get this beer! The perfect counter part to the Guiness extra stout. A smart combination that sustains and it comes in a convenient pratical can...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lshockey199 (23) - USA - OCT 8, 2001
great... produces an amazing yeast strain from the bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 7, 2002
My favorite beer. Rich and balanced. I think it’s perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewster (29) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2003
This is it!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2829) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2002
Amber coloured, small but firm head. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy smoooooooth bitterness. Great beer. Very pour-friendly bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2003
Don´t let the bottles prevent you from buying this amber/copper coloured, really bitter ale. It´s sold in big plasic PET bottles or in transparant "milkbottles" with a 2 inch neck ! It´s what´s inside that matters. This is as close to an English countryside pub you get without travelling, unless you´re English. A big hoppy nose, with a malty dry continuation that ends with a whole bouquet of hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 28, 2005
It took me awhile to buy this because I always thought it looked like tea. Wow, this is nice. Velvety smooth, hoppy yet not scratchy, with a perfectly balanced head. Excellent poured or straght out of the bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2002
Aaahh…! This one has it all. Hops and malt, sugar and bitter, depth and freshness. It lingers, restore and vitalize. A favourite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2005
Bottled. Copper colour with decent white head. Fruity aroma with syrup and fudge notes. A bit creamy. Malty flavor with notes of bread, licorice and cream. Huge bitterness if you get a fresh bottle. One of my all time favorites. A true classic english bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2005
Bottled. Dark copper coloured with white foamy head, which disappears quickly. Hoppy nose with fruitish hints. Very wellbalanced taste, mainly of fruits, but also bitterness. Mouthdrying effect, but still very fresh mouthfeel.

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