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Brewed by Townshend Brewery
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Brewer’s Reserve.
A deeply satisfying, new world ESB, delicately hopped with old world Bramling Cross Hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - FEB 28, 2013
Full, sweet and tangy, well rounded and rich in colour, frothy with head and thirst quenching. This is another superb bitter from Martin Townshend; he really does bring the best out of the style. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NorthlandBrewr (11) - - SEP 24, 2014
While bitters are not my favorite style of beer, this is a nice one. Easy drinking but still substantial. Toast and light caramel with a subdued English hop profile and perhaps a touch of lemon. The subtle sugary rum flavor and aroma creeps in and out as you sip. Having just dumped an entire bottle of another (unnamed brand) bitter, I can honestly say this is a good one and the bottle will be finished :-) Really like the creativity of this brewery, while still being modest in their approach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cantabrian (989) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2013
Very pleasant bitter, as sweet and mellow as a good ESB. Lots of caramel, biscuits, a touch of groseille and a few drops of some miracle tonic that must have been bought from a very convincing medice man in an old wagon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2012
It looks as if bitter ought to, amber with a fluffy white head that was persistent. Aromas are held back a little by the head, but I gleaned a bit of grassy hop, crystal malt and biscuits. Flavours were golden and bready. More mellow sweetness than challenging bitterness but a good sessionable pint. Tangelo sweetness on the finish, but lacking a little in body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4961) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2011
deep amber color. Caramel, earthy nose with just a hint of hops. Mouth is much more hoppy with notes of blackcurrant, earth and caramel. Very well balanced. Dry. Moderate bitter finish. Very very pleasant. Half way between a American and English pale ale. Loved it!

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