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Sea Level Blue Heron Special Bitter

Brewed by Sea Level Brewing
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Port Williams, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer_rel_goals (3) - - SEP 27, 2016 does not count
Tinnie bought from brewery shop. Tasty with a lingering bitterness. Good take on ESB style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4269) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2016
12 oz can purchased at the brewery and consumed about 1 hour later. Clear amber body topped by a decent head. Spotty lacing. The fruity aroma is quite nice. The flavor reflects a nicely balanced mix of hops and malts, with a well chosen hop mix. High hop load for a beer from Nova Scotia.. Moderately bitter Medium-light carbonation. Body seems slightly too thin. .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OOKPIKABLE (193) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
Brought up from Halifax: thanks, Dad! Tasty bitter. More "bitter" than expected. Creamy mouthfeel. Not my favourite style, but I like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
voyageurmike (283) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Amber with lacy off white head. Hops aroma and medium body. Bitter taste but perhaps not ESB level, with a nice lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (632) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
A banger ESB from N.S.! I am loving these Sea Level brews. My only complaint is that they fill their cans a wee bit high and the carbonation is always a bit low. For this style though, it fits the bill and works well. Light copper with a fine lacing white head, notes of earthy hops, caramel, honey and cereal. A great flavour that starts heavy on the sweet malt side and transitions into a bitter beast that makes you crave the sweetness again. Soft carbonation with a lightly oily medium-full body, a delicious brew that I would session with alacrity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hidden_Pooch (518) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
I had fun with this little bitter. Pours a clear amber, with yes a weird little head. Aroma was of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and pine. Tasted woody, toffee, pine, and biscuit. Very unique taste and very memorable. Had a medium smooth body with low carbonation and malt bitter aftertaste. Haven’t had a ESB for a while now and glad I tried this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
plaugher (407) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
12oz can into an English pint. Pours a clear, deep amber with a half-inch, lasting tan head and some lacing. A bit of carbonation. Nose of caramel and citrusy hops with a similar caramel sweetness flavour-wise, with a lasting bitterness. Not too bad!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ImPA (14) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Pours amber. Nice aroma at first but buttery diacetyl really comes through ruining it. Way too little carbonation, too heavy on the finish hops for the style. Slick slick slick mouthfeel, butterscotch ruins what seems like might be a good beer underneath. I know some diacetyl is okay in a Bitter but this has taken that thought to new heights. Sorry but i tried cans of the product and everyone said it’s way better at the pub, tried it there, not as bad but still ruined with butterscotch.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
baldric (16) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
Pours a straw colour, not what I’d expect from an ESB. Nice aroma, but piney hops don’t add to the style. Taste is west coast pale ale, not ESB. Way too much carbonation for an ESB, way too much hops, way too much bitterness. Not complaining about the fact that it’s bitter, but if you’re going to call something an ESB, them make an ESB, not a west coast pale. This beer isn’t half bad but it’s so far off the mark in style that I thought that this can might have been mis-labeled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1965) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
Elle est cuivrée et limpide et coiffée d’une mousse épaisse et persistante, qui dessine une dentelle significative en se résorbant. Des arômes de caramel, principalement, en émanent, s’ensuivent des odeurs d’épices et d’herbes salines. Très agréable en bouche, des saveurs d’épices sucrées nous imprègnent la bouche, alors qu’une amertume douce et civilisée balaie le tout pour laisser cette sensation amère pendant un bon moment. Une touche acidulée se pointe le nez. Surprenante ESB. Bonne bière. (344-10/110912)

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