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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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!


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
buerckholtz (33) - asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Out of a can, pours w/ a small white head. Lots of bubbles comming up to the top. Nose of faint malt and biscut aromas. plate of thin stale malt. High carbonation ending with a rather astrigent bitter hop finish. Not much hop aroma. ends with a slightly sour biscut flavor. Not impressed.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Part of my never ending quest to rate every micro-can I can find. Orange colored beer with a big white head. Slight citrus aroma with lots of malt. Thin bodied with a smooth but unpleasantly so mouthfeel. Fruity malt flavors. ugh

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2006
can. light for a bitter. golden/amber hazy pour iwth thin white head. effervecent. hops, malt, orange aroma. nice malts, a little watery. dry bite. best I’ve had from a can.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Tangerine orange pour with a small layer of white head that leaves a nice crown of lace. Light floral and hard candy aroma. Mild resiny bitternerss blending pleasantly with sweet malt and a just a touch of tartness in the finish. Very light on the palate--almost watery, but leaning toward refreshing rather than insipid. Pleasant, flaw-free, but not particularly memorable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Pours beautiful deep golden color w/ shallow spritzy froth. Aroma is full malt. Medium nectar w/ ample resdual effers. Flavors are cripy clean w/ a defined bittering character. Malty citrus rind. Overall: one of the best canned brews ever. Highly recommended.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2006
12oz. can. Clear amber color with a medium sized white head. Sweet malty aroma with some caramel and a bit of citrus. Sweet biscuity malt flavor with some nuttiness and a mildly unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2005
(12oz can) Lightly hazed amber body topped by a medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, orange, apricot. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, orange/apricot, caramel, some nutty. Light-medium body. A bit too sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12oz can acquired in a trade with FlactoAlto (thanks!). Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, stronger pineapple, and lightly nutty. Tastes of lighter caramel, citrus, and fruity. This one was definitely fruity sweet with a light hoppiness to it.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DarkElf (3033) - 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.


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