RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Another fine example of the English style. This Bitter is more robust than the best bitter but still with an excellent balance between hops and malt. Pale Ale Malt along with Aromatic and Crystal malts combine with the Galena and Fuggles hops to create a sure-fire favorite.

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RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle from the brewpub. Im not very familiar with this style. Overall not bad at all. ..

JoeMcPhee (10224) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
Tap at Dragonmead. Deep amber pour. No real aroma at all. Soft and a little bit fruity. Lightly sweet malt with a touch of caramel and toffee but the hoppiness is quite light and subdued. Lightly plummy but it’s quite watery. Not a whole lot of character in here really. Hops are barely perceptible and there’s just a touch of dark malt sweetness.

kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed deep tea color of brown and red. Zero head to speak of. Slightly malty smell but other than that not a whole lot going on. Very clean aroma. The taste is slightly matly with a nice hops taste at the end that lingers. Overall a very clean semi full bodied esb that is decent. Medium mouthfeel.

zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Tap @ Dragonmead - really dry, cottony, but flavorless hoppings. Tooffee malts, solventy and dirty.

Cybercat (6514) - Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Has a nice, fruity, slightly malty aroma that is not strong but invites a taste. It pours an attractive clear mahogany with a thick and fairly persistent white head. Flavor is malty and a little fruity with a little hop bitterness and a cider-like undertone. Texture is lively and quite fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle and a hoppy, woody finish.

LilBeerDoctor (4291) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits, caramel malt, and bready, sweet malt. Flavor of sweet fruits, jam, nutty malt, and toasted malt. Palate is a little weak, almost juice-like. Rather sweet by the end of the glass. This one was ok. 6/4/7/3/12 [3.2/5]

JaBier (8518) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Sample at the brewpub. Clear copper pour with no head. Dank English malt and caramel aroma. Dank and fruity flavor. Tastes off.

Braudog (6979) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Draft 1/2 pint at the brewpub. This medium reddish brew doesn’t thrown much of an aroma at all that I can discern. My first impression of the beer is of a dirty soapy dishrag. I don’t think it’s the glass. The impression fades as I go, but the beer still seems uneven, bordering on unpleasant. (#3828, 1/28/2010)

SHIG (5322) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle: Poured a murky brown with a huge thick off white head. Aroma is sweet with malt. Taste was not very ESB like, more malty and chocolate. I enjoyed this eitherway.

darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to Kevin for bringing these back from Michigan. Pours a clear light brown. Small white head. Very similar to the hemp ale in flavor. Deep bread notes, doughy and yeasty with a slight bit of citrus form the hops. Nice body for a beer under 5% with a slightly spicy quality and big giant bread notes all throughout. Finishes with light bitterness and a bit of caramel. The choice of Galena hops is inspired and really gives a neat bit of hop dimension to this solidly made ESB. Well done.

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