RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
A profusion of tangy hops dominates this British Ale from the nose through the long bitter finish. Cask conditioned with gentle carbonation. A must try for IPA fans.

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Dogbrick (13012) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2007
Cask sample at the brewpub: Arbor likes their Bitters! Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a foamy bone white head that lasts awhile. Patchy lacing on the glass. Tangy fruit and malt aroma. Medium-bodied and glassy-smooth with an unassertive hops flavor, as well as touches of fruit and malt. The finish is mildly bitter and short. Pretty forgettable overall.

hopdog (12549) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
On tap at the Arbor Brew Pub. Cask. Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Floral aromas with citrus. Tastes of citrus and caramel. Subtle. Light lacing left on the glass.

arminjewell (9669) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of grass, bread, hints of biscuit, yeasty notes with a touch of caramel and doughy notes, hints of slight spicy yeast as well. Taste was a mix of grass, bread, biscuit and caramel, some spice, grass, almost a floral note with a hint of toast, finishing bitter, dry.

ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Cask in house. Lighter color than most ESB's Ive seen. Also a lighter aroma of mild berry/hops. Not surprisingly then, it had a lighter taste. Medium to light bodied. This beer seemed like they were testing the waters and just didnt committ to an ESB. Not enough hops, not enough barley, not enough body. Though what was there was a good even beer, it just had only passing flavor which I had to strain and drink quickly to taste. A good start, but needs improvement.

thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2004
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of finely sized mostly diminishing white colored bubbles that left behind an unnoted lacing. The body contained no carbonation, was transparent and light gold in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild sweaty sock malts . Its mouth feel is off with a malty aftertaste. Its flavor contained weird sweaty sock notes and was ick yucky. Not one I would buy again.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2008
In short: A light honeyed English blonde ale of some kind. From the cask it was quite good. Probably very ordinary on regular tap.
How: From the cask at brewpub
The look: Partly cloudy blonde body with a little white head
In long: Honeyed fruits is the main attraction. Honey pears, honeyed bananas, honeyed peaches, a little caramel touch and a twist of lemon. The juicy/fruity/honeyed body is followed by hops that add a welcomed contrasting dryness with a mild bitterness. Lacks the crispness that I like from the style. However the cask conditioning was top-notch. Smooth bubbles and velvety moutfeel. Overall it is a very average ESB but the superb cask conditioning really ups my score to a superior ESB but if you remove the cask… well… you’re gonna have beer all over the floor.

hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Draft at Arbor Brewing Company Pub & Eatery. White small head, good lacing, uncarbonated, transparent, and a light gold hue. Hoppy aroma and flavor. Smooth mouthfeel.

chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Draft... Ugly medium murky honey gold, a bit of brown, ok light tan head... Super sweet nose, this doesn’t look or smell like a esb, very fruity, light wet grain, ok... Tastes bad, wet skunky grains, very hoppy but a weird greeny quality that I hate

beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2006
Cloudy golden pour with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops. Flavor of citrusy hops with a very strong and dominating bitter finish. The body is light and oily with soft carbonation. Not bad but there’s more bitterness than hop flavor.

auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Crystal clear orange-tinted gold, with a white rim. Aroma is a real, dry grassy hop, nice and glowing. Flavor is a little flacid. Cask seems a touch warm to me. There’s some buttery, cheesy hop character right off the bat, and then more of the grassy, juicy English hop style. Fresh tasting. Cask carbonation is working well. Pretty heavily hopped. Not much malt to back it up. Not bad. But, I get stuck on the cheesy, butteriness that develops as being unclean.

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