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


on tap


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle. Deep copper amber with a finely bubbled big ochre head that leaves some decent lace early on. Very fruity aroma that brings to mind caramel apples. Flavours of toasty toffee and fruit (apples, quince), with a subtle nuttiness that creeps in as the beer stands for a while. Not especially bitter. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. I really lked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (5337) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2010
330ml bottle. Solid looking in the glass with rich malty aromas that bounce up into your face. Deep light tan head that looks majestic atop a lightly copper coloured base. Strong malt flavour with some sweet flavours that hit the back of the mouth. Overall very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5085) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2011
Copper color. Earthy, malty. Decent backbone with some soft hops. Nice, but not setting the world on fire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2010
Deep amber pour strong carbonation aroma fruit caramel woodynesss flavour caramel woody taste citrus solid bitter pear apricot finish good bitter plenty of fruit aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3539) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2009
Bottle. A good looking ESB - dark amber with a large foamy head. Juicy and floral malt on the nose. Some astringency on the palate, which sharpens up the malt. There is a creaminess though, along with floral flavours. I’m not typically a fan of ESBs, but this is pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2011
Tasted on tap at Pommeroy’s, handpull. Warm nutty brown-amber in colour under a tight white collar of head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Good malt driven aroma of thick brown sugar, walnuts and malt biscuits. Similar flavours upon tasting, sweet and full with lots of body but not a great deal of bitterness. I did like this beer and my offsider and I went back for seconds, but sadly it sent my blood-sugar through the roof. Probably worth it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer-yum (1361) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 12, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2015 A solid bitter beer. Nothing special - but enjoyable nonetheless. Would not skip a session fuelled by this.

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