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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2008
12oz can. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was foamy and off white with good retention and decent lacing. Aroma was of caramel, subdued steeping barley, and whole milk. Sweet on the tongue and medium bodied. Malt-dominated flavor with caramel up front followed by husky grain, biscuits, sweet cream, a touch of toffee, and some light grassy hops. Decent, but a bit on the grainy/raw barley-ish side.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2008
12oz can purchased from Binny’s South Loop location. Clear, dark amber with medium creamy, long lasting beige head with a good amount of lacing. Aroma is sprucey with oxidized malt aromas, some citrus, biscuit and dough. Flavor is still pretty well-hopped citrus despite my feeling that this is not very fresh, pretty distinct esb biscuit and hop bitterness with some dough, medium sweet.. Medium to thin body that is a tad it watery, though it seems in-style. Overall I think that this beer is pretty instyle though I would like a fresher can just to compare.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kyzr (1331) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Gold color with white head. Sweet nose with more malt than most ESBs. Flavor was sweet grain with very little hop. Almost a light body with clean finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Brought back from Grand Junction by Mrs. Prosqtor. Pours nice and rich, a crisp and clear amber color with a puffy white head. It’s a little sweet, and probably not hoppy enough. Decent ESB though. Might have to re-rate after my cold is gone.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2008
pours a clear amber, fluffy white head, slight lacing. aroma of musty air and over-ripe corn. sweetish flavor, the corn sniff might be corn syrup. perfumy finish. soap and lingering perfume in the palate. the one beer to drink if you want to drink only one. not sure what the brewer was shooting for here.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Hazy amber color out of the can. I’m really starting to love canned craft beer. Attractive off white head that shrank pretty quickly and left some lace on the glass. Some wet grains in the nose with some nuttiness and something tangy as it warms. Toffee sweetness, with bready malts and some grassy hops. I do get the tea in here, and there is an odd tang that may be from the hops. Okay beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2008
12oz can. Pours very clear with a nice chestnut color to it. Great looking carbonation and head. Makes me look forward to drinking it. Malty aroma with a touch of sweetness. Nutty malty flavor with earthy hops piled on top. Though that is not my favorite profile it is quite good in this case and there is nothing off at all. Good carbonation level for the style, medium body. Lingering malty finish. A solid brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Headbanger (3780) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
12oz can-Pours an medium orange with a nice tight two finger off white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and a little toffee. Taste of this medium bodied brew is of hops caramel, and toffee with a piney finish. I was expecting worse so this was not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours a mostly clear, bright golden/orange body under a wet yet creamy yellowhite head. A sour grassiness is the first aroma to reach my nose with dusty caramel/toffee following. Creamy in the mouth, fuller-bodied than expected. Odd conglomeration of flavors with sourdough yeast, toffee, instant tea and coffeeground bitters. Essence of tea lingers with a mild sweetness of honey and saccharine.

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2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Aroma is a faint hop scent. Color is a deep golden with good carbonation and a thin head. Taste is light and clean. Starting with a light body it goes down easy with a slightly crisp feel. Finish comes in with a very mild malt flavor that is then backed by a faint bitterness and ends very clean. Its just not very bitter for an ESB. Overall its a nice little beer to drink but it doesn’t fit its style very well.


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