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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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A British style Extra Special Bitter with an even balance of malt and hops. Medium bodied with bready and caramel malt notes and UK hops. Winner of “B est in Show” for the 2012 World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan. 13.9°

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (9014) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light fruittiness with a crisp lingering earthy finish. A fairly dull beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Clear amber with a thin tan head that dissolves into a thin layer with minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel sticky bread, mild fruit with some florally/vegetal hops. Pretty blasé and the first descriptor that comes to mind is thin bodied and over-roasted malt. Vegetal hops and mild bitterness mix in with a rather tasteless malt base. Just not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (3394) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2010
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting courtesy of jsquire - Pours light amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is very mild hops. It tastes moderately bitter with caramel malt. To my surprise this one’s a little astringent on the palate so I don’t think the flavors came together quite right. It finishes bitter, but not unpleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Clean amber pour with fluffy white head. Nose is pretty subdued...light caramel and bread dough...very light earthy/herbal hopping. Flavors are likewise centered on the caramel/toffee/bread dough malting and lightly earthy/herbal bittering. Just OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onslow (1094) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Slightly cloudy amber brew with a thinish off white head that diminishes to frothiness. Aroma of malt and grassy hops. Taste is a fine blend of sweet butterscotch malt with a fine lingering bitter hops finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3336) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Out of the bottle I brought back from Saugatuck. Golden amber color with a thin white head. Light yeasty nose with some hop bitterness. Hoppy grass and citrus rind bitterness with some buscuit and noticable alcohol when you exhale. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber body, thin off-white head. Nose of floral, spicy hops and bready malts. Caramely body, not too sweet, with soapy, floral hops and burned fruitskin. Bitter, spicy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (7926) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Served on draft at the Michigan Summer Beerfest, 2010, as part of RBSG festivities. Pours a clear amber color with a medium offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet sugar caramel with very faint citrus and floral notes. The taste is bitter hops, earthy notes, toffee and caramel. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (1386) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Amber color, with medium head. Taste was as described: both malt sweetness up front, with lingering hop bitterness. Much more taste than typical Amber!

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