Spinnakers Mitchells ESB
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Brewed by Spinnakers Brewpub
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Victoria, Canada
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A reddish, copper-coloured ale with a complex malty body derived from English Pale and Crystal Malts hopped with pitchings of Northern Brewer, Cascades and U.S. Kent Golding for a subdued bitterness and flowery hop aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4681) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Tap. Pours slightly hazy amber with a small wispy white head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is husky and grainy with some light English hops and some sweet caramel. The flavor is on the sweeter side with some light floral hops, lightly husky finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Below average for the style, too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2000) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Cask - Toasted malts and toffee. Clear dark brown with a decent off white head. Roasted malts, nutty and some grain. Very smooth and well balanced, not bitterness but no significant sweetness either. Classic English style. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DeanF (1628) - Nunavut, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
Has a velvet-amber body with a decent head, though a little light. Strong swampy aroma with a hint of corn and lemon. Flavour is a lot of lemon-ness with a hint of watery malt and bitter grass on the back end. Doesnít taste skunked, just tastes unbalanced. Needs a little more of everything.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (2992) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Decently done. Pours brown clear with lacing and some head. A little bitter, some malt. Not very interesting but thatís the whole styleís goal. Average carbonation. On tap at brewpub.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
WheatKing (1162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Bomber. Underwhelming, but hops are nice. Thin, looks like it has crystal malt but surprisingly dry, no personality. I honestly think this was a good beer when it was made but it now tastes stale and oxidized. Hate to be a neophyte saying this about the experts (I canít see my homebrew rating above a 1), but I think this brewery has a bottling problem.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrFecesious (799) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
Meh. Nothin special about this extra. Easy drinkin. Light malt flavour. Move along.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gramity (1301) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Rusty brown and dark orange color with a lush tan head on top. Creamy, toasty white bread and biscuit flavors, semi-scratchy palate, but very decent overall, with a pleasent dryness in the finish. Very fresh tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (3828) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
650ml bottle pours a pale amber brown color with a finger and a half of white head that has nice retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral and spicy hops with hints of caramel and roasted grains. Taste is light caramel malty sweetness with a much stronger punch of earthy and spicy hop bitterness that finishes nicely on the palate. A nicely done brew for the style and rivals some of the best bitters from England.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
From cask. Floral aroma, some fruitiness, marmelade, toasted malts. Nice aroma. Pours amber, thin foam ring. The flavors has nice bitterness, good floral notes, a little peppery, a little toasty, some sweetness as well. Cask carbonation, Very solid ESB. Very to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1201) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2011
On tap at the Victoria Brewpub. This was one of the highlights of our visit. Itís a nice dry bitter with a good cask creaminess to it. Even MB, who doesnít normally like cask ales, enjoyed this.

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