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Sea Level Blue Heron Special Bitter

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

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
plaugher (157) - 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!

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ImPA (15) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
baldric (15) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1127) - 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)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1110) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
500ml bottle. Amber pour with very little head, some lacing. Aroma definitely points to dry hopsing. Taste is dominated by the dry hops, some caramel and tart fruit undertones. Palate was disappointingly thin. Overall, quite good apart from the palate, but it tasted more like an American Pale (but a very good one) than an ESB, likely due to the dry hops process.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grwido (57) - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
amber beer with an off white head. Citrus nose. nicely balanced hoppy taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (927) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2010
650ml bottle. Pours a deep clear amber with light tan head. Big citrusy hops on the nose with a solid caramel underbelly. A little confused on the palate and lighter bodied than expected. Caramel sweetness up front but the hops and bitterness kick in on the mid-palate and flow through the finish nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1056) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 1L growler. Rich frothy head havig auburn colour. really hoppy on the nose, nice citrus notes and fresh pine cones, it also has a sort of creamy, frothy essence., it is fairly bitter on the palate with pine cones and an almost citrus notes. very nice stuff. one of my favorites in the province. Especially considering it is supposed to be an ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2010
bottle, courtesy of OKBeer. Pours a hazy dark orange with an orange-tinted finely bubble head that retains very well. Sweet sticky toffee aroma, notes of orange and pine. Sweet toasty toffee malts married to bright citrusy and coniferous hops. Finish is soundly bitter, marred slightly by a band-aid note that creeps in late. A lovely bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1284) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pour is hazy copper with large beige rocky head. Aroma is quite nice; citrus hops with a malt backbone. very clean smell with notes of orange and maybe a touch of metal. Flavor is slight acidic malt with a nice hoopy finish. the lingering flavors are honey, malt, orange, and faint hop resin. Nice beer, better than expected.


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