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Brewed by Russell Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Surrey, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Blood Alley Bitter is an Extra Special Bitter named after a notorious cobblestone laneway in Vancouver’s Gastown district. At 50 ibu this beer is slightly higher in bitterness than the average ESB but it is well balanced by the rich roasted malt flavours


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
simonblaine (327) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
Pours copper, decent head. Aroma of malty caramel. Taste is slightly hoppy caramel toasted malts. Very good from my old home town brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11540) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 7, 2014
On tap @ The Flying Pig (Gastown). Amber colored pour with a soapy off-white head. Some bread, toasted malt, and floral hops. Slightly spicy and earthy. A lot of caramel, too. Flavor is a bit on the sweet side--lots of caramel and toast. Slight brown sugar. Light grassy bitterness. Some earthy and a lot of leafy, floral hops. Probably not terribly authentic as an ESB, but I liked it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Listigovers (366) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Nice copper golden colour, thin head, slight floral hop aroma. First sip, I am taken aback. Extremely complex bitterness, moves from the sides to the back of the tongue, leaving a lingering ghost of the huge flavour in its wake. Sparkling on the tongue, very refreshing, this is a grade a beer. On tap.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flip_soeperman (643) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2014
Nice citrus in the aroma with some breadiness. Nice medium bitterness that is not astringent. Some sweetness. Nice and clean. Surprising new world ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
On tap. Balanced citrus and pine aroma with a nice light caramel accent. Clear copper under a persistent off-white top. Bitter grapefruit peel flavour up front with pine hops and sweet caramel in the finish. Clean fermentation profile. Medium light body, medium carbonation, lingering bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (1993) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a clear copper color with almost not head. Aromas of toffee, light pine and tropical fruit. Flavors of sweet malts, grass, and candied fruit. Long bitter finish. An easy drinker.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (800) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Couleur de cuivre avec un col moyen blanc. L’arôme du malt avec un très peu d’houblon. Le goût est du malt et céréales (assez fort) bien équilibré avec une final amer. Carbonation moyen, un très peu sucré d’abord, mais sec en finale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewturba (1074) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
Pours a clear copper with average sized dense with head that leaves great lace. Aroma is citrus, floral, grassy and mildly bready. Flavour is citrus, grapefruit, grass, spicy/peppery, medium bitterness, bready notes and some toffee notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentAle (789) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
Aroma is citrus,grapefruit, clove and grass notes. Taste is mostly a bitter hopiness with some earthiness. Appearance is a clear brown with a lace head that retains well.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (1419) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Very clear light brown with a reasonable pale head. Aroma is toffee, wildflowers, herbal hops. Reasonably light bodied, bitter on the palate with a dry finish and burnt aftertaste. Taste is burnt toffee, citrus pith, caramel, black pepper. A little overly bitter for my liking.


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