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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (16909) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Draft. Clear golden color. Aroma of straw. Taste is bitter pepper, clean and crisp.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of grass, earth, and biscuits. Flavor of grain, earth, and grass with a moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (12229) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9309) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft/ Pepper and caramel malt aroma. Amber with small head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (6906) - Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a completely transparent light copperish orange with white lacing. Smells and tastes mildly sweet and hoppy; maybe just a hint of grain too. Average on the palate. Not bad, but forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
Sampled on tap at the brewery (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a nice solid amber, some lighter edges, a good whitish head that dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are a touch of funky hops, grass and citrus pair with a light spice, a caramel and pale malt base, just ebough, with a touch of stinkiness, english type malts, a touch of metal, and a bit stale. Initial is lighter side of medium bodied, grainy malts, pale with bread and a touch of toffee, grassy and slightly spicy hops, a bit stinky. Sweet malts, decent hopping, but sadly a bit forgettable. And I generally really look forward to this style. Finish is malty, almost a touch of buttery bread or butterscotch, and light hopping. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2010
1/2 growler courtesy of stfun. Pours amber with an off white head. Smells of citrus, earthy, some metallic hints, peppery, some tea. Tastes of biscuits, pepper, citrussy, some touches of caramel, grainy with a light, earthy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5206) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Rated on 9-05-2009 at Sun King Brewery. This draft beer forms a small ivory head with a short retention, golden body, no carbonation noted, and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is malty and bitter hops. The Taste is malty and lightly bitter. The Palate is fizzy and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, I did not enjoy this beer as it lacks character and the flavor is bland and boring. This is a beer that I do not recommend unless one likes bland and boring tasting beer.

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