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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Bitters are popular pub beers in England and are closely related to the more well known pale ales. Saranac Extra Special Bitter has a rich, maltytaste balanced by the pleasant bitterness of Willamette hops. The finish is dry with a hint of the floral english Fuggle and spicy Saaz hop. Enjoy!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours a bright, clear bronze with a pillowy off-white head. The nose is of grainy, bready malt and doughy yeast notes with a bit of earthy hops in support. Light to medium-bodied and almost creamy with a quick transition to a lightly astringent and mildly bitter finish. The flavor is of dry, dark bread-like malt with a sold earthy hop backing; more emphasis has been placed on the flavoring than the bittering hops. This is a decent beer. Itís not among my favorite ESBs, but I may have drank it a tad too warm.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009

Date: May 09, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: hazy dark amber, wispy off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, nice bready sweetness, light earthy bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Bottle Ė Pours medium dark amber, low caramel colored head. I found this to be a very easy beer to drink. The Bitter hops finish clean and leave a nice aftertaste, but not near as strong as other hoppier American Pale Aleís. For me, this would not be a go-to beer, but itís a good change.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle... Clear amber ale with orange highlights and a large, frothy, off-white head. Fantastic retention and lacing. Biscuity, soapy nose. Light-bodied and very mildly creamy with lively carbonation. Bitter, toasty flavor and finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
topherh (1924) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours coppery with a one finger white head. Aroma of caramel malts and wet grain. Flavor is bitter with a bit of caramel malt, but not real balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle from a mixed pack on 02/14/2009. Clear copper amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Toasty nutty notes with some cheerios. Slight grain, toast and cheerios flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy MrBunn...Reddish Amber pour, modest head. Slight scent of apple...not much else. Hints of caramel, but its quite disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a finger or so of head. Aromas of apple juice with a little bit of hops. Astringent alcohol shines through a lackluster body of caramel malt and spice. This just isnít a very good ESB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle from coopers. Pours a light amber color with some stale hop aromas. Taste is decient but not great with some mild hops and malt. Not the best of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrant (330) - New York, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Smells of pleasant bitter hops. Taste is well-balanced malts and bitter hops. Very nice ESB.

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