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

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
RD400F (214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle to Sam Adams glass, the pour is a transparent red-amber with a small white head that quickly fades. The aroma is weak and quite hop forward for an ESB. Piney and citrusy and hardly any sign of biscuit/caramel/toffee.Taste is too bitter to be an ESB and is way loaded with hops. This is not an IPA, it’s an ESB or so the bottle says. Ignoring the style stuff this is good but I don’t like bullshit surprises. Palate is good...thin, easy to drink, balanced well. Carb is pretty high for the style. Overall...I’m getting the impression that these guys love to chuck more hops than necessary into every style of beer and mislabel it accordingly. They should just call this IPA #76...points off for being misleading.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10563) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
A hazed amber ale with a thick frothy lacing off white head. In aroma, light sweet caramel malt with light grassy hops, light oxidation, honey. In mouth, a nice caramel malt with light grassy hops, light mineral notes, light floral c-hops, a bit old.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
simonblaine (343) - 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 (11854) - 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 (382) - 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 (652) - 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 (2600) - 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 (2047) - 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 (844) - 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 (1118) - 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.


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