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

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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


Sask89's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sask89 (508) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - APR 29, 2012
Pours a clear light amber colour with a big frothy white head. Aroma is a light mix of grains and caramel malts with not much else really. Taste is mildly bitter initially, which is followed by a lingering sweetness. Light body, average carbonation, thinner on the palate. A very enjoyable bitter.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (5500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Dark orange pour at bear street tavern in Banff. White head. Citrus juicy and punch flavor. Pretty good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1396) - CANADA - MAY 24, 2016
Appearance: clear pale amber with one finger of growing fluffy off-white head, excellent retention and chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: grainy caramel and biscuity malt, citrus, pine, grassy and light floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration bitter finish. (3/5) A bitter, that’s actually bitter? What’s next, a premium lager that’s actually premium? Solid ESB, with a decent hop presence only slightly behind a biscuity caramel malt. Pleasant body with a drying bitter finish. Solid example of a style that usually fails to impress. (14/20)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (757) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
On tap. Pours a clear dark amber with a medium, long lasting, creamy, off-white head that laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, bread and grassy hops. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dried fruit and grass with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (805) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 13, 2016
650ml bottle. Mild citrus aroma. Pours copper in colour with a medium frothy head. Mild citrus bitter flavour with caramel and nutty notes. Medium body and a long bitter finish. Fairly good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2619) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9496) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2015
Bottled on June 19, 2015
Clear amber color, white head. Hoppy, citrus scent. Malty, hoppy taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9912) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
exeter (499) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oldschool_Mike (309) - 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

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jur (468) - 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...


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