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SKA Special ESB Ale

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45
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Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This English Special Bitter is our “Special Ale.” Special because it is one of only a handful of canned microbrews in the nation. Special because the Galena hops and pale ale malts create a crisp first sip, a hoppy tongue, and a malty sweet finish. Though “bitter” is part of the name, “better” would be a more accurate term. Fresh and lively, this canned beer suits the needs of any outdoor enthusiast. Like it says on the can: Fish, Luau, Golf, Raft, Toboggan. Ska can!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenkiGonzo (220) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 24, 2014
Can at Cherry Bomb. Dark gold colour, little head. Malty aroma with some hops. Flavour has nice nutty and malty notes. Dry, hoppy finish. Best ESB I’ve had. (Subject to change)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1324) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Biscuity malt aroma, with some citrus notes. Pours a clear light amber with a thin white head. Biscuit malts to start with, finishes with a mild sweetness which slowly changes to bitter hops. There are some fruity notes coming from the yeast as well. Overall, I’ve had better ESB’s.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (1982) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 14, 2014
Can from Sugaya. Fat citrusy nose, moderate malt, spiced-up caramel. Hazy orange-amber, thin filmy head. Medium-strength citrus initial, light strokes of hopping throughout, sweetish hard candy, thinly sweet finish. Thin-medium body. A bit more hopped up than typical; sweeter base, too. Okay.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Can out of the 12 pack. Not bad with a fairly hoppy nose and flavor. Mildly bitter with some grapefruit and citrus flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1392) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Can. Pours an amber color with a fair head and spotty lacing. Aroma of malt, some citrus, nuts and caramel. Taste of malt, bit of caramel sweetness, citrus and nuts. Malty bitterness and a dry finish. Moderate body, with a metallic tinge. Decent beer for the style but not quite what I expected.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2495) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours orange clear. SMell is fruity malt and cardboard and band aids. Taste is malty and fruity but not too sweet. Slight bitterness to balance but not the most appealing flavor. Kind of tart maltiness. Decent, but not really good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 10, 2014
Can from Ezo Beer. Served in a half-pint glass. A deep copper gold pour with a thin foamy beige head. Fruity ale yeast notes that are a bit plum like, decent maltiness & a slight lemon/citrus hop aroma. Medium bodied, a crackery biscuit malt profile, a dash of caramel & bitter citrusy hops in the finish make for an exceptionally balanced ESB & probably one of my favorite examples of the style as I typically find them too sweet due to a cloyingly caramel flavor. Nice stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
odannyob (71) - Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 Aroma: cereal, floral, earthy, alcohol. Appearance: amber, dull, minimal head. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Palate: medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter. Overall: Good to Mid-Land.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2013
Pours hazy golden slightly cloudy, hoppy on the nose, tangy fruits, its ok nothing great.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
12oz can from peterhazelton! Pours a clear golden copper color with 2 fingers of foamy off white head. Aroma of grain, caramel, hay, and old citrus. Taste of slightly sour citrus fruit, sweet grain, grass, and a hint of booze.


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