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


on tap

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Howlader (696) - - JUL 5, 2014
On draught at the Grove in Winnipeg. Served in a pint glass. A very good ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2484) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (1675) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (630) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewturba (950) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentAle (599) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (1132) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
Rating #907 - January 13, 2014 - Taster flight at Craft Beer Market, 4 oz sample.. Pours a dark amber with a foamy off-white head that dissipates slowly, medium-strong retention. Aroma is mild toasted malt, hints of wildflowers. Hop presence is significant, giving the bitter character, but the breadiness of the malt is what makes this beer. Creamy mouthfeel Well balanced, medium bodied ale that is easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2487) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Esb in name but tastes like a pale ale. It’s floral and hoppy with moderate bitterness. Pretty good but not toasty or nutty like an esb usually is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
camelean (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
A very slight bitterness to it....it is a 50 IBU. Not overly strong, I do like a strong bitter but this allows for a bitter taste if you want to have multiple beverages in an evening.

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