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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deep amber ale with pronounced hop bitterness and aromatics, substantial and balanced.

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4.6
BiscuitMalt (6) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015 does not count
At the Monk’s Kettle and Toronado I found this example of brewing perfection. If you could get this on a handpull with a sparkler from a well-kept cellar (no offence Toronade, but you ain’t got a Scooby) it would hit a full 5.0 I’m sure. Malt: beautiful, biscuity, caramel malt that hits you with it’s sweetness in that smooth mouthfeel before you start to get the hop aromas so piney and grassey and.. oops, I think I just need to get some Kleenex. Anyway, what a beer. The guy that makes this is a F*&^%ng genius. Wasted on the Americans. I’m not joking, in the Toranado the girl behind the bar warned me it was "warm and flat" because she clearly has no appreciation for cask and when I got it I wanted to slap her. JUst a great beer that offers brilliant complex malt and superb, fresh, prominent US hop flavours with just the right amount of bitterness. No one in the UK makes a cask bitter this good, to my knowledge.

4.4
GypsyHead (35) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Loved this brew on cask at Toronado in SF. Great fruity brew with just a little caramel roastiness, wonderfully refreshing and light

4.1
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
27April07. On cask @ Toronado dark reddish brown, great lacing! aroma of malt. flavors of a woody hop. great malt balance. easy drinking.

4
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Many times at Barclay’s, Toronado and Lanesplitter. Very easy drinking. Very balanced. Great malt and hop flavors. Get it on cask if you can, the hop bitterness is softer. A great west coast take on a quaffable, British inspired brew.

4
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Coppery amber color with a long lasting, creamy, tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is nutty with caramel and maybe a little bit of orangey hop influence. Flavor is deep dark caramel and maple syrup up front which melts into a piney resinous hoppy finish. Moderate bitterness. A little heavy on the palate for the style. Pretty good beer overall.

4
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2011
A - Served a clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy/creamy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and some piney hops. There is also some biscuit/bready aromas in the background. T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet caramel malts and some piney hop bitterness in the background. Through the middle, a bit of biscuit flavors comes through with a touch more grassy hops flavor. The finish is a nice balance of sweetness from the caramel and bitterness from the hops that lingers nicely. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer felt very smooth and had very nice balance from start to finish. D - Very drinkable. The malt hop balance here was very good. Really exactly what I was looking for in an ESB.

4
rarbring (2294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
Overall: Bitter, solid.
Note: Cask at Toronado. Reviewed 2014-03-22.

4
Fatehunter (2561) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2017
Finger of head on a hazy red body. Aroma is caramel, spices and a touch of lemon. Taste is rye, dry grains, caramel and grapefruit. Solid. Texture is thicker.

3.9
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Tap. Deep copper color with a nice head. Loaded with malt and hops. Not much of a bitter taste, more like a strong ale to me. But not bad!

3.9
fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Brian knows his beers and as it appears his brain is one that may work like mine, I wonder if he intentionally handed me beers in the order he did, with lager later and bitter after IPA. That this holds up after all else with exceptional hop quality AND balance makes me wish upon a moon that I could have this as my own session bitter. De-moonlight-ful


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