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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!


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopbomber (107) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2013 Keg @ common mcr, similar to traditional English bitter with added American hop bite, hints of caramel and fudge from the malts medium carbonation. Average.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbierlover (596) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 29, 2013
This has nothing to do with bitter ale. I found the overhoppiness of this beer something not pleasant. Where is the buscuit/malty taste? Where is the slightly metallic aftertaste of bitter ales?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5347) - ITALY - MAR 27, 2013
Ambrata buona schiuma discreta persistenza inizio discretamente naltato poi buona luppolatura discreta secchezza leggero floreae buon amaro

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (10904) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013
Can @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - fruity. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. 050313

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chrisv10 (10888) - DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013
Can. Clear dark yellow/amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, fruit, little caramel, little earhty and a little hop. Flavour is malt, fruit, little caramel, little sweet, little bitter and a little earthy.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
saxo (13852) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013
Can. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, slightly earthy hops and grass.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - FEB 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 Ambrata rossiccia, la carbonazione le conferisce un bel cappello di schiuma mediamente persistente. Ingresso in bocca carbonato, un attacco dolce di malto e un retrogusto di liquirizia, equilibrato da un bell’amaro corrobante. La lattina guasta, indubbiamente, e la birra risulta forse un pò troppo carbonata e metallica. Beverina, ma non eccellente.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unstablefable (225) - SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2013
pours a golden orange with a thin but good looking head, fair amount of sediment in the glass, aroma is syrup & biscuits, fruity toffee. taste is really rich caramel, more biscuits....bit like ginger hop knobs, nice boozy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kdm1984 (650) - Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Pedestrian orange-gold appearance with a tiny head and average lacing. Good ***TRUE*** ESB aroma of caramel malts with a bit of raisin/banana fruit and acid, although maybe a bit too much booze for something that is a mere 5.7% ABV. Taste is far too vegetal, though - meh, this is not what I was expecting from the aromas. ESBs should never taste...vegetal. Also some grain. Kind of a mess, really. Disappointed with what smelled so promising. 02/24 update: OK, I was trying some of my beers too warm yesterday, including this one. The vegetal quality is gone now. However, it’s still rather watery and weak - not much beyond some vaguely caramelly malts here. Uprate, but very slight.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2466) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2013
355ml can from Appellation Wines. Pours amber with a thin but attractive head. The nose has a fairly faint hint of ginger biscuits. The taste has toffee,some biscuits then toffee again. The palate is medium bodied and crispy in texture but still quite clean and refreshing. Overall, my co-drinkers think it would become cloying but I disagree.


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