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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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
Brilliant orange-brown colour. Aroma of fresh crystal malt, toast, demerara sugar, earthy hops, whiffs of cigar smoke and olive oil...shall I continue? Toasty palate, with breadcrust, light demerara, woody/mushroomy/earthy hops. Moderate bitterness. Very well balanced, just gorgeous stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10438) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8059) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7025) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6538) - 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)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Clear dark amber with spleididly creamy beige head. Another one with grain aromas so fresh it leaps from the glass and bursts with barley. Soft creamy sublime mouthfeel. Incredibly fresh! Great balance, great roasted subtlety. Gorgeous.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2559) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2202) - 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.


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