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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: 22   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6980) - 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 (1323) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10291) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
A nice dark golden ale with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, a nice biscuitty malt overlayed with British hops. In mouth, a nice ESB, with good biscuitty malts, a good dose of herbal British hops, very quaffable, herbaceous and piney. Medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, Oct. 10 2009.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of tuqueboy - thanks, Josh! A very fresh bottle, received by Josh from the brewery just a few days before he passed it on to me. Dark and clear amber-orange with a nice and creamy head. Both aroma and flavour have a great balance of malt that is both sweet (esp. toffee) and bready, and zingy, slightly citric hops. Hops build nicely as it warms, almost pushing into IPA land by the time I finish the bottle. Fine stuff indeed, very solid and sessionable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
Deep amber beer with a thin white head. Sort of rocky/chunky in appearance. Fairly spicy hop nose over some biscuity/caramelly malts. Nice sweetness with a bit of orange peel flavour and a lingering hoppy finish. A bit of resinousness on the back. It’s quite a lovely ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
Draught at the Port. Pours a clear orange gold with small near-white head. Nice eartly hop aroma balanced with grainy malts. Taste follows suit and yields a nice bitter finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2009
[2325-20090723] 650mL bottle. Tart hoppy citrus rind aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a long-lasting very foamy off-white head and very thick lacing. Thick hoppy tart citrus flavour. Medium body. Good.
(w/ jerc, other)

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
2009-07-23. Amber body with a foamy creamy beige head. (3+) Aroma of dry malt, tart tangy notes. Flavour is predominantly dry malt with a modest generic bitterness, citric tangy bitterness. Average to thin palate. The foamy head and rumblings about the bottles not keeping well make me suspect this is drier than intended but its still quaffable, albeit a bit dull. Bottle from OKBeer

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2194) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
On tap at the Port Pub. Great appearance. Decent crisp head. Seems highly hopped for an ESB, but the beer is just perfectly balanced. Hops, citrus fruit and it has a great bitterness. Great quality beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
On tap at the Port Pub, sampled 10/4/08. Red/brown/amber colour with a fully lasting frothy tan head. Earthy, bready, fruity, citrus, and lightyl woody and piny aroma. Earthy and bready malts with a long lingering earthy, woody, piny, and citrusy bitter finish. Medium bodied, firm and even a bit chewy mouthfeel. Stunningly well made and possibly the best bitter/ESB I’ve ever had.

As an add-on, a couple of samples from the bottle have made my opinion of this beer soar even higher. While I expected the bottles might not live up to the pub sampling, my experience has been the opposite. The numbers above reflect my pub rating, but this may well be the best beer made in this province right now.


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