Brewed by Galbraith Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Our version of the classic London ESB style was put together by myself and Bob Hudson when he came to New Zealand for the first time in 1998. We were on holiday in Northland and had just completed an exhaustive internal assessment of the style (in the sun) when the recipe struck us. Brewed with Maris Otter and two other darker malts from Simpsons it has generous additions of classic UK hops throughout the boil. The resulting ale is deep copper-red with full bitter/sweet flavours. There are powerful aromatic hops on the nose and palate. A pint for supping not quaffing.

Gold Medal and Trophy - NZ International Beer Awards 1999

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xanti (1) - USA - DEC 12, 2007 does not count
love it! great taste and after taste , plenty of hops - well done papa smurf (the brewer) . kiwi hops ? not likely !!

TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Pint pulled at the brew pub, a light brown with a white bubbled head. A good rich malty aroma, slightly toasted with a touch of tobacco. Deep earthy qualities to the smooth malty palate and some burnt toffee notes. Damn fine if I do say so.

kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Extremely moorish ESB styled beer, used to be my favourite of the Galbraiths range but either my palate has changed or the recipe has changed over the years.... In any case it’s still a great beer, the citrus twist to it is especially good Re-rated 24/10/08 seems like this has come full circle, back to the glory days! Rich fruitcake nose, amber colour with gorgeous belgian lace, amazing fruity full bodied mouthful with a lingering bitter finish, so fruity that it makes me think of raisons soaked in some sort of liquor.

beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 21, 2007
Dark amber in colour with small white head. earthy malt aroma, woody flavour, typical of English bitter.

OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2006
Served from the cask via beer engine with a sparkler. Pours a deep copper with a medium white head. Aroma has hints of ripe fruit and nutty malt. Palate starts sweet and develops a bitter sweet contrast with a slight hint of alcohol warms before finishing on firm satisfing bitterness. A pint to beware of. Very nice.

omhper (25377) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2006
Cask at the brewpub. Reddish copper colour. Hay aroma. Sweet, fruity and caramelly. Boldly malty with near full body and a somewhat raw mouthfeel . Distinct very salty finish.

JoeMcPhee (9458) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
Cask. Deep golden colour. Big earthy and citrusy hop aroma. There are also some woody notes overlying the light caramel malts. Flavour is slightly sweet, earthy and woody hop flavour. Nice full body. Slightly sweet, but balanced finish.

yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Tasted 23/02/2005 with Grandmaster. Pint glass handpumped from the cask at Galbraiths. A sweet tasting bitter this one. Deep coppper red in colour with a large off-white, almost tan, creamy head. The sweet malty nose is followed by a full bodied mouth warming rum like flavour (almost brown ale-ish). The palate is pleasantly woody and smokey. Each pint is a single course in a five course meal. Yum yum, Wellington really misses out on not having a Galbraiths. Re-rated 23/03/2005 - dropped some marks for consistency as it was a touch soapy and lighter in body this time. Note: I think some of the ratings in here for this (for yellowy, lighter bodied, hoppy beer) are meant to be for the Bob Hudson Bitter.

eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2004
i was a bit disappointed with this one. copper colour, not much aroma. lots of dark crystal plummy, sticky flavours fighting tangy hops. strange banana ester note, not very brit-fruity. sweet and tangy-astringent finish. my guess is the NZ hops give it the tang and rub the malts up the wrong way but what do i know.

Crit (4038) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2003
Hazy gold,lasting beige head. Carmel malt nose. Flavor of light malt with softly carbonation and hopping.

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