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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!


mdntklrmth's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mdntklrmth (34) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Simply mediocre. I get molasses in the aroma. The taste is a bit spicy, and a bit candy-like, but it's all too clean tasting. The name made me think it was an ESB, an English beer by nature. And this tastes too Americanized. It's got a grainy malt character. As an APA, it's all right.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TattooJack (132) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Poured from the can into a pint glass, nice foamy reddish look in the glass smells sweet. Very easy drinking to the tune of about 10 minutes a beer. I like that it tastes English with a hop aftertaste. The can gets the recycle points, well done then.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Medium amber body shows off soft caramel and toffee malts that pick up refreshing, bitter hops and light floral sweetness through the finish, which turns a bit watery on the back of the palate. Straightforward and drinkable, but nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"no longer one of onlt a handful of canned microbrews...a decent example of a bitter, but not one that separates itself from the crowd. very quaffable with a pleasant lite malty sweetness, caramel and toffee, and a slight floral hop kick."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (811) - - AUG 23, 2014
Hoppy nose, touch of honey. Fruity hops, caramel, lemon peel, dry bitter finish. Quite bitter as expected, decent hoppiness even though a bit dry on the palate.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotchzombie (355) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Pours mostly clear copper with a lacy white head that fades to a coating. Aroma is wet hay, bready malts, maybe some citrus. Taste is floral hops, grass, toasted bread and caramel malts with a slightly bitter hop finish. Very dry on the palate. I enjoy the style and this is a nice variation. Better poured in a glass!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenkiGonzo (338) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 24, 2014
Can at Cherry Bomb. Dark gold colour, little head. Malty aroma with some hops. Flavour has nice nutty and malty notes. Dry, hoppy finish. Best ESB I’ve had. (Subject to change)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1388) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Biscuity malt aroma, with some citrus notes. Pours a clear light amber with a thin white head. Biscuit malts to start with, finishes with a mild sweetness which slowly changes to bitter hops. There are some fruity notes coming from the yeast as well. Overall, I’ve had better ESB’s.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2240) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 14, 2014
Can from Sugaya. Fat citrusy nose, moderate malt, spiced-up caramel. Hazy orange-amber, thin filmy head. Medium-strength citrus initial, light strokes of hopping throughout, sweetish hard candy, thinly sweet finish. Thin-medium body. A bit more hopped up than typical; sweeter base, too. Okay.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1684) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Can out of the 12 pack. Not bad with a fairly hoppy nose and flavor. Mildly bitter with some grapefruit and citrus flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1540) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Can. Pours an amber color with a fair head and spotty lacing. Aroma of malt, some citrus, nuts and caramel. Taste of malt, bit of caramel sweetness, citrus and nuts. Malty bitterness and a dry finish. Moderate body, with a metallic tinge. Decent beer for the style but not quite what I expected.


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