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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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The Bitter Druid ESB is a new twist on an old favorite. Our Americanized ESB blends American 2-row pale malt with choice British specialty malts to create a rich malt start that is followed by a crisp, American hop finish. This beer is a wonderful gateway to the world of hops due to it’s delicate balance and rich array of flavors.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jethro6191 (433) - Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Growler. Pours clear amber with an off-white head that laces the glass. Hop aroma with hop, caramel, and toffee flavors. Finishes bitter with a sweet caramel aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Medium body with mild carbonation. Nicely balanced ESB.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2009
(draft). Clear golden color. Medium off white head. Light malt aroma. Sweet malt flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 21, 2009
This draft brew from the brewery poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a transparent uncarbonated orange brown colored body. The mild aroma was malty. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice crisp flavor contained notes of malt and bitter hops. A quaff-able decent brew just nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Draft at Old Town Ale House in Fishers - Aroma is biscuit malts, some toffee and subtle hops. Flavor is sweet malts with a nice hop finish. Palate is creamy and smooth. Very refreshing first beer of the night.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (10596) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Draft sample at IBGF Summer09. Poured clear golden color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate earthy hop and malty aroma. Medium body and smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good start.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 On tap at Old Town Ale House. Pours dark rusty copper with a thin white head. The nose has some well done biscuits with dark honey character. The flavor has loads of earthy hops. Strong bitterness. Medium body with a lingering dry finish. You can tell that its very fresh.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rscaletta (9) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2009 does not count
On tap at MacNiven’s. Small tight head that quickly disippated. Clear golden color, darker and more substantial than a lager but not amber. Scent of American hops, mostly Cascade. First sip is bitter, flavorful American ale with a balanced finish. Like a pale ale but with more sweetness to balance the flavors. Hops flavor is piney with some earthiness. Altogether a very enjoyable beer, flavorful and bitter. Went great with the steak pie.

For comparison, my next beer was Stone Levitation. A good beer, mind you, but citric and thin compared to the Osiris, not balanced.

Is this beer going to be in bottles soon?

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2009
IBGF 2009: I was looking forward to trying a new brewery and had high hopes, sadly after drinking this ESB I passed on attempting any others of the Sun King beers this day. Perhaps one day I will stop by and get them a second chance... Golden hue with an okay head and lace. The aroma has notes of clean bittering hops, Maris Otter and 2-Row malt and a hint of dusty yeast esters. The taste is slightly bitter and grainy with little else going on, while not bad it hardly made me want to take another sip. The mouth feel is soft and thin-bodied.Maybe it would be better on a handpull (which you can say about most ESB’s anyway). Disappointing.


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