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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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!


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2548) - 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 (2163) - 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 (76) - 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 (2144) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4080) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
12oz can thanks to Ed5388, when Ed fave me this he confessed to me he loves cates, I mean he confessed he "loves" cates....it’s cool though he swears they we’re all of legal age and not on their 9th life. Poured a crisp clear slight burnt orange brown body under a foamy way off white head. Aroma was a bit weak with some notes of dough, wet bread, nut shell, bad citrus. Medium body overall with softer carbonation and a slightly syrupy finish. Flavor of old grains, some tea, hintof nut shell and bad citrus. Meh ok.

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Westchesterco (985) - 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 (3347) - 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 (15309) - , 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 (1683) - 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.


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