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RATINGS: 296   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!


2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (517) - 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 (110) - 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 (301) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopbomber (103) - 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 (5480) - 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 (11343) - 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 (11238) - 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 (14095) - 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.


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