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RATINGS: 293   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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7364) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
Can courtesy of Casey, cheers mate! Consumed in a field at Truck Festival, Steventon, Oxon 19.07.13 watching The Family Rain (new band for me) Pours hazy mud brown with off white head. Nose is hoppy but my factor 50 suntan spray is rather clouding matters a little. Very soft carbonation, oodles of fresh hop juiciness, leaving a dry tanginess, however the spliff that Gary has just thrust my way is also affecting my taste buds a little. Decent hoppy beer that slips down well whilst watching The Family Rain do their stuff in wonderful blisteringly hot sunshine. Beer & Music festivals, marvellous... A8 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.8

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2013
12oz can served in a Sam Adams perfect pint A - Pours a clear amber body with fleeting head. S - Grainy biscuit, cereal malt, red wheat, clean bread, slightly toasted. T - Follows the nose with cereal grains, lightly toasted caramel, moderate citrus hops wrap around providing a solid bitterness. The grainy malt holds strong against the semi-aggresive hops. Some floral hops and vanilla come out when warmed up. Finishes dry. M - Creamy carbonation, grainy, wet the dry on the finish. Light to medium body. A solid all around ESB. Hops are more pronounced than it’s English counterparts. The citrus plays off the malt well and makes for a hopped up bready ESB. Serving type: can 04-07-2013

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Poured from a can into a glass. Mrehhh not the best ESB ever, has metallic qualities that don’t help the beer’s flavor. A malty beer with a bitterness that isn’t from hops or finish, just bitter because it’s lacking some... flavorful... OOPMH. Ya’know?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brouwerij (919) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Can. Pours clear copper with fine off-white head, settles quickly with thin lacing. Aroma is bitter, hoppy, fruity, apple/pear, mild and soapy. Flavor is mildly hoppy, sweet and mildly fruity, with a mildly malty, nutty finish. Flavor has some balance between hop and malt but is slightly underwhelming. Soft to moderate carbonation, light body, and crisp texture.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2013
[355ml can, Trembling Madness bottle shop, York] Hazy opaque amber pour, with a thin white lacing. Aroma is sweetly caramel-led, but with some grassy herbal hop in there as well. Tastewise, more of the caramel at first, then the slight citrus hop comes in, before more toffee sweetness on the finish [19052013]

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ajnepple (2117) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2013
12 oz can from a friend. Amber and clear with an off-white head and patchy lacing. Toasty caramel malts, earthy bitter hops and floral/herbs hit the nose. Similar flavor, bitter and lightly sweet. Medium body with a dry finish. Meh.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gururyan (597) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Poured from can into snifter, clear deep orange, light head, peculiar aroma. Quite chuggable, not bad...but not anything great either. I will finish this in the shower and likely not bother buying any more.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (464) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Appearance: very clear deep gold to orange color, very small white head that dissipated immediately Aroma: hints of fruity hops and malt, pretty devoid of aromas Taste: some hoppy grass flavor, mild bitterness, also get hints of malty sweetness Palate: almost zero carbonation, all of these ska cans I drove back from Colorado are very flat, slight bitter aftertaste Overall: despite all the shortcomings this is a pretty tasty beer, it severely lacks in the appearance, aroma, and palate areas though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aholmb1 (89) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Appearance: translucent golden orange color, nice dense head, the head is about an inch when fully poured Aroma: not an extremely strong aroma, can smell key notes of hops and malt Taste. Slightly bitter but does have a slightsweetness at the end, hoppy key notes, pretty smooth taste, the taste evolves throughout the sip Palette: tinges at first and then smooths out Overall: this is a very enjoyable beer, easy to drink, light and refreshing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DMLINAZ (285) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2013
Typical for the style, this is pretty well balanced; it’s mild with malts on the front and some moderate herbal or spicy bitterness, and some floral notes. From a can at Total Wine beer tasting class on canned beers.


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