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


on tap

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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Blood Alley Bitter is an Extra Special Bitter named after a notorious cobblestone laneway in Vancouverís 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

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greglikesbeer (35) - Ancaster, Ontario, - MAR 10, 2012
Pours amber and cloudy with a moderate white head. Slightly week aroma - spruce hops and a bit of maltiness. Taste is what I would describe as a woody bitterness with roasted malts. Finish is abrupt and bitter. Not much else going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2529) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Lightly hazy with white head that leaves good lacing. Pleasant bitterness though ends up being kind of one-dimensional by the end of the pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9283) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2015
Bottled on June 19, 2015
Clear amber color, white head. Hoppy, citrus scent. Malty, hoppy taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9263) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2015
On tap at Smith. Pours a clear amber orange with a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a bit of bread and grains with a light fruity hop note. Flavor combines grass and grains with a bread note underlying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
exeter (488) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy amber colour with nice head and a great curtain of lace. Taste is of citrus hops, earthy flavours with caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oldschool_Mike (264) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear copper colour with nice tan head. Aroma is earthy and orangey hops. Taste is earthy fruity hops with a touch of malt. Smooth bitterness. Great beer. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jur (462) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2015
Draught @ The Beacon, Whistler B.C. Caramax!! Bitter, where? None to be had. Completely overboard sugary sweet, caramel, cookie dough. Looks pretty enough, clear red copper, beige head, but a frappacino at Starbucks is more bitter...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patricks110 (2283) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
An enjoyable bitter with a moderate malt and nice showing of hops. Biscuity and bready malts with light citrus and floral, spicy hops show in a light amber body. The finish is moderately bitter with light astringency.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_sully (379) - - FEB 8, 2015
Light white head and a clear copper body. Very strong Aroma of hops, bitter taste at first transitioning to a smooth caramel taste and the a strong hoppy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
RD400F (223) - 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, itís an ESB or so the bottle says. Ignoring the style stuff this is good but I donít like bullshit surprises. Palate is good...thin, easy to drink, balanced well. Carb is pretty high for the style. Overall...Iím 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (11932) - 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.

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