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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2007
I believe this is my first ESB in a can. It pours a very pale amber body with a slight head that lingers none too long. Little of any lacing. It has a light aroma of toffee, fresh bread dough, and just a wee bit of floral hops. SKA needs to remember that a Bitter should have some bittering hops, because the flavor is practically all malt, a tired toffee and some bread dough. Just a bit of hops figure into the finish, quite dry. Drinkable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (4176) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 12 oz can. Clear burnt orange with a small, lasting head. Aroma is toffee with slight prickly herb-spice. Flavor is initially big toffee-apple; turns to a delicate, bitter herb and light fruit finish. Slight wood and smoke on the finish at times, too. Pretty decent for a canned beer, and seems true to the style. Not a bad ESB, but there are others I prefer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (7032) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2007
12 oz. can (nice). Pours a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma has some malt and some floral hops with the slightest hint of citrus. The flavor is part malt, a larger part dry bitterness, with a small amount ofdough or bread. Not too bad, just missing something. I like the can.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 12, 2007
In the can from Boulder Liquor Mart. Pours a light amber with an off white head. Delicious caramel toasted flavor. Nice mild floral hops. Very mild beer, but has the redeeming quality of a solid malty body without producing any unbalanced bitterness. I like the can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Date: 09/25/2007
Mode: Can
Source: Roadtrip

clear copper, fine dirty white head, lots of drippy lace, crystal malt aroma with only a hint of sweetness and balancing earthy hops, sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of rich bready character, nice long lasting tasty bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Suttree (5548) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Ska, Ska, Ska. What are we going to do with you? You get so much right, with the cool packaging and all - I love the fact that this was in a can, and all the pretty fonts and the skeletons and all. But look man, the beer has got to get better before I’ll consider buying any of your stuff a second time. I mean look at this one, for example. Cool packaging, as we’ve already discussed. And the beer looks fine, and smells basically OK. If I stop there, you’re golden, you’re a champ. But unfortunately for you - and for me, it turns out - most people actually drink the beer, and that’s where everything falls apart. Mildly sweet bready flavors at first, then a huge mess of sour and wet cardboard. Terrible. Oh, Ska, how you never fail to disappoint...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Pours a yellow-amber with a nice white head. The head disipates. Smell is malty and floral. Tastes of citrus, banana, bread. Clean finish. I’d say this was more of an IPA than an ESB. That’s because of the floral hops used. This is a pleasing but not great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2007
12 oz can, 7/4/07: Orange/amber w/ a thin, but lasting off white head. Caramelly, toasty, & bready malts & a very light citrusy, almost floral hop w/ just a hint of roast in the background. Well balanced, but caramel and bready malts dominate flavor profile; Semi dry finish and a bit of a yeasty flavor, but it’s light. Aftertaste is caramel and bready malt w/a bit of lingering bitterness. Lighter body, maybe a bit light for what it is? Dry m/f, lower medium carbonation. A nice pool or beach beer since it comes in a can! Not outstanding, but solid flavor wise, and definitely worth a try!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2007
can. hazy golden brown with tiny head. light hop aroma with some sweet malt. lightly rich flavor that is decently smooth. easy drinker but nothing ground breaking. I do enjoy seeing and tasting better quality beers from a can so bonus for that. not bad at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarrettB (1223) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 On sighting this ruby red can I immediately thought of Oskar Blues. Their defiant stand against glass coupled with exceptional brewing has given the shiny cylinder a new chance to wrap itself around brews par excellence. Having never tried SKA brewing’s work before I naturally extended Oskar Blues’ reputation to SKA. Both are based in Colorado and both are micros working with grains and metal. Of course, this was a mistake. The SKA ESB is a lesson in Mullerian mimicry – one species taking on the colors of another to derive the same benefits without actually exhibiting the same features. The head is webby, mottled and white, like an overflowing dome of soap suds. Meanwhile the body takes second stage with a hazy, dull amber blush. The aroma produces an effervescent cloud of orange and tangerine pith, clove, hops, old leather, a squeeze of lime and, most tragic, Windex. It’s like walking into a freshly cleaned Harley Davidson fashion store. This is totally wrong by itself, but for the SKA ESB to conjure that image with its nose is all the more discouraging. The spice character is the saving grace, but insufficient to combat the other bewildering smells. And yet, despite the overwhelmingly eccentric aroma, the taste is watery, loose and weak. Two light notes of malt and caramel amble through a pleasing carbonation, but both are too timid to make any impact on the tongue. The carbonation is precisely what I expect in an ESB, but this particular rendition is devoid of any flavors at all. I feel like I’m rating a wood pulp flavored soda. Good thing, then, that the flavors aren’t so odious as to abominate the whole of the beer. It’s simply too beige and too unengaging. It’s actually so boring as to be vexing. But, at least it’s a craft beer coming in a can. Whether or not the beer is any good is somewhat allayed by the fact that SKA is dabbling in cans, promoting a new market for those in need of non-glass, well brewed beers.

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