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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   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!


2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Westchesterco (841) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Poured from a can it is a hazy golden color with a slight head. The aroma is of cherry with some citrus. The taste is bitter and is hard to put a finger on the flavors. There is a metal after taste

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3041) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2013
From a 12 oz can shared in Avon NC. Pours clear deep copper with an off white head. Light malty nose. Flavor of malt and floral hops. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Moderately bitter finish. Quite quaffable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (14442) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
4th April 2013
Bright clear amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and semi dry. Fine minerally carbonation. Starts with a little floral sweetness. Milky sweetness follows. A touch of papery caramel. Light citrus before the semi dry finish. Pleasantly sweet. Okay!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (1474) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Decent beer. I thought it was better than its ratings. Pours amber with a light head. Malty and caramel. Some floral notes. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (4282) - Utah, USA - SEP 7, 2013
12oz can from Total Beverage in CO
Pours clear golden/copper with a small white head, no lacing. Mild aroma of toasted malts, caramel and metallic. Flavors of toasted malts, caramel, lemon and herbal bitterness
OK, nothing to write home about.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2120) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2013
Can from Great Grog, Edinburgh. This is a hazy amber beer with red fruit, caramel and currant flavours, spicy hoppy and candi sugar with a smooth creamy finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hanan (78) - NW Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Average esb. A little metallic. Got the bitters on par. Not a huge esb fan here. Ska does good beer normally. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7267) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
Can courtesy of Casey, cheers mate! Consumed in a field at Truck Festival, Steventon, Oxon 19.07.13 watching The Family Rain (new band for me) Pours hazy mud brown with off white head. Nose is hoppy but my factor 50 suntan spray is rather clouding matters a little. Very soft carbonation, oodles of fresh hop juiciness, leaving a dry tanginess, however the spliff that Gary has just thrust my way is also affecting my taste buds a little. Decent hoppy beer that slips down well whilst watching The Family Rain do their stuff in wonderful blisteringly hot sunshine. Beer & Music festivals, marvellous... A8 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.8

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2013
12oz can served in a Sam Adams perfect pint A - Pours a clear amber body with fleeting head. S - Grainy biscuit, cereal malt, red wheat, clean bread, slightly toasted. T - Follows the nose with cereal grains, lightly toasted caramel, moderate citrus hops wrap around providing a solid bitterness. The grainy malt holds strong against the semi-aggresive hops. Some floral hops and vanilla come out when warmed up. Finishes dry. M - Creamy carbonation, grainy, wet the dry on the finish. Light to medium body. A solid all around ESB. Hops are more pronounced than it’s English counterparts. The citrus plays off the malt well and makes for a hopped up bready ESB. Serving type: can 04-07-2013

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Poured from a can into a glass. Mrehhh not the best ESB ever, has metallic qualities that don’t help the beer’s flavor. A malty beer with a bitterness that isn’t from hops or finish, just bitter because it’s lacking some... flavorful... OOPMH. Ya’know?


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