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RATINGS: 291   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!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1353) - 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 (11353) - 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 (8823) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - 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 (5277) - 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.


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