Firebrand Great British Beer

Formerly brewed at Hop Back
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Salisbury, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottled beer contract brewed by Hop Back for Threshers.
Optic Pale Malt and East Kent Goldings

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2012
Indifferent bottled ale, ruby coloured with a thin head, aroma of berry fruit and bitter hop. Dominant hop flavour with a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8464) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle. A standard strong bitter. Amber coloured with little head. Red fruit and grassy hop aroma. Flavour had some biscuit malt and fruit, before a decent bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
Scotland August 2005, the last evening... Amber with a nice head and good lace. The aroma has aroma hops and the flavour has even more of it, and it also has notes of fruits and caramel. the finish has a nice bitterness. It was a nice surprise and I liked it...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (24620) - Tyres, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber. Papery aroma. Dry and ashy with some crystal amlt and clean, hard mouthfeel, low hop rate. Short, empty finish. Simplistic and uninspired. British beer? I guess so. Great? No way!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (5306) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2005
Golden with no head upon pouring.Bitterness dominates although there are other flavours present-its just hard to find them.A bitter that lives up to its name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2005
Poured from the bottle, a light brown, slightly cloudy but with a brilliant big rocky head. The aroma was a good blend of hops, malt and fruits which was reflected in the flavours. On the palate, a nice hoppiness was left in the mouth. I certainly got a lot more from this beer than I was expecting, will be a regular in my house I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotty (1185) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2005
Initially very little aroma, but after a few minutes it opens up into lovely mix of malt & hops. Lovely mid-gold colour and a good botte-conditioned head that lasts. Not the best, but well worth a sup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2004
This beer is Threshers own brand beer and despite working for them I have to report that it is distinctively average. The beer has a copper hue with a small foamy white head. Rich toffee and woody nose. Nutty roasted malt flavours with rusty hints and a slightly watery feel. A very short after taste of nuts any hoppy character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2004
Bottle. Very clear amber coloured beer with thin white head. Aroma is oaky, fruity, malty. Malty, caramel flavour; some hops some fruit. Thinish mouthfeel. Average, nowhere near great. Hopback shouldnt have bothered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 500 ml bottle brewed by Hopback. Dark amber colour, rocky, fast-fading off-white head. Aroma is very woodsy and oaky with a bit of orange/blackberry fruitiness. Flavour is slightly malty, a bit fruity and shows some woodsiness. Gets cloyingly sweet. Yeast seems to have thrown off some nastiness as well, a bit of DMS. Not enough bitterness for my liking either.

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