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RATINGS: 285   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!


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 16, 2005
(12 oz can: Obtained in trade with whaleman, thanks David!) Like all the other canned craft beers I’ve had, the pour yields a very tall and long-lasting head, with this beer easily rising four inches or more in height. It’s off-white in color and very bubbly and rocky, and sits atop a hazy and bright amber body for the duration of the session. Unfortunately, the nose is fairly soapy, sweet and fruity, and wow, the flavor is even moreso. Sweet, fruity and very soapy, plus the bitterness is practically non-existent. Medium bodied, and ignoring the soapiness for a second, the sweet fruitiness is unchecked, so the palate is a bit tiring. Lots of lacing though. But try as I might, it’s not possible to look past the soapiness with this beer. Too bad, I thought this was going to be a good one.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 15, 2005
12oz can. poured in to glass. Bronze beer w/ scant foam...carmel malt aroma, some hints of fruit...first impression: watery, thin & bland. This is light both in flavor and feel. Falls short of enjoyable...leaves me at a loss...very mainstream beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear red-copper color with a frothy light tan colored head. The aroma is light and spicy with notes of caramel and a bit of herbal/ citrusy hops. The taste is lightly sweet up front, and finishes with a mellow bitterness. This beer is quite light on the palate with a nice balance between a caramel grain note and a bit of spicy hops. As it warms and sits on my palate a hint of toasty malt character begins to develop. This beer is quite the quaffer, and is definitely a session type brew, though I would like to see a just a hint more hop character to balance the malt and a bit more fruity yeast character. Though this is certainly in line with a British Special Bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 4, 2005
12 oz can. Medium amber copper color. Small sized white foamy head, with strong lacing. Aromas are bready malts, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied Premium bitter/ESB. Malts are bready, fruity and sweet. Hops are mild and slightly spicy. Perhaps a little thin tasting, but nicely balanced with a nice malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2005
Can poured a nice copper amber with a smallish head. Aroma is malty,fruity, clean and crisp. Flavor is malt and light hops with a nice bitter finish. Good beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2005
Golden-copper body with abundant fine particulates, substantial carbonation and a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of carbonic acid, light earthy/spicy hops, and some fruity malt. Flavor includes a stale, apply quality with iced tea elements. Just an average beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2005
12 oz CAN! Here we go, another colorado beer in a can. I dont understand how Ska can do this, when this is the only beer in their lineup that is canned. pours a beautiful orange hue with a foamy white head with some slight haze (canned conditioned? HA!). great lacing from the start-nice cascading sheets. Citric aroma-big pineapple, green apples, orange and mango. not really an ESB by style, more a sweet APA. This beer has lots of fruit flavors with a resiny/dry finish. This is a pretty solid effort from Ska and I would definately drink this again. Has some slight metalic notes that mimic hops at times.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2005
The disembarks the 12-ounce can a cloudless amber with a portly light tan head that is frothy in texture, after its eventual demise the lace forms an obfuscating sheet upon the glass. Nose is fresh fruit, sweet malt, crisp and clean with the start sweet and the malt profile adequate, the top is middling in feel. Finish is mildly acidic and the hops personable in their spiciness, aftertaste is quite dry and long lasting, a decent drinking beer and would make a fine session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Light copper. Canned. Juicy and Fruity aroma with notes of flowers, medicine, toasted bread and melon. This is a pleasant ESB. Very fruity and well balanced with notes of caramel, herbs and flowers. Nice malt backbone and a nice hop selection.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bill Becker (184) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pretty nice rendition of an ESB type ale. I found the balance between the hops and malt to be good and...it’s a nice beer with above average drinkability. And in the can, even.(Dale’s Pale rocks) Best regards, Bill


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