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Townshend Old House ESB

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

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3340) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
The head is good, the body red-brown. It smells maltaromatic, sweet, malty. The taste is malty, sweet, grain, bit hoppy, In the aftertaste bit sour-sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (848) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 From the comments below, seems to me way different from the beer of 2-3 years ago. Very cloudy amber, chicken broth cloudy, really, with a beige head that hangs around, no matter what. Little to whiff, exempt for a faint aroma of pale lager. The referred sweetness is vague, mostly hidden under a rather strong grassy, citrus bitterness. This wouldn’t have been my first choice, as I’d have expected more of that paradoxical sweet, more mellow, malty, "bitter". Still, it’s not bad!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
Handpump at HZ. My definition of a session ale. My glass evaporated before me. Nothing hugely 'in your face' going on, but I could happily have another (and another..) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (507) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 12, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2014 A solid bitter beer. Nothing special - but enjoyable nonetheless. Would not skip a session fuelled by this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2013
i only had this recently, but oddly can’t remember much about it. all i remember was typical a middle-of-the-road session with pleasant fruit and bitterness. was nice anyway.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (540) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. A really nice english bitter, classic ESB aromas and flavours. Loved it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2012
Not a bad beer, nice bitterness with a subtle hint of hops that are not overpowering. An OK beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brodies_Best (248) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2012
Pours golden with good head. Aroma is slightly malty and hoppy. Bitter smooth creamy taste. Kinda made me burp after each swig though. Not sure why.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2012
Draught @ The Free House, Nelson. The aroma is just light hoppy, bit malty. Clear, amber coloured with a slight off-white head. The taste is slightly toasted, has some hoppiness, citrus, quite clean.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2472) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 Bottle. Cloudy dull amber with a coat of off-white head. Fruity aroma with apples, pears, oranges and a little toffee. Lovely soft mouthfeel. Taste is strongly malty with sweet - and slightly buttery - toffee and fruit before a decent whack of slightly spicy bitterness. The finish doesn’t emerge seamlessly - there’s a bit of a lurch. [3.2]

New look bottle, 5.3% ABV. Pours bright this time. Aroma is fruity but subdued (-1), taste is a little cleaner and less butterscotchy (+1). Firm bitterness. No great magic to it, but a pretty solid strongish bitter.


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