Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Victoria, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Sometimes bitterness comes from frivilous trademark disputes. Sometimes it comes from a generous hop schedule. Either way, we hope you enjoy this classic!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (16965) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle, pours murky dark amber with a small head. Aroma of nuts, English malts, caramel and moderate hops. Flavour of toasted English malts, nuts, caramel and slight hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6611) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
660ml bottle shared by blankboy with me, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel. Slightly hazy amber with a small creamy off-white head. Slightly sweet and grassy aroma - quite mild. The taste was quite harsh - bottle metal - generic bitterness, meh. Watery, dry, still mouthfeel, finishes quick, with a pointless characterless bitter aftertaste. Ehh - as it warms up, not all that bad - but nothing "Classic" about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
My bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel. Pours a clear deep golden-amber with an average size diminishing foamy off-white head. Aroma: Well, that smells like an ESB to me: Buttery, in a good way, maybe a tad sweet, along with lightly toasted caramel malt, grain, citrus hops and some fruit. Flavour follows the aroma and again, is right on style to me. Good hop profile. Medium bodied. I liked it, solid stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
garthicus (2924) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 2, 2010
With thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Cognac colour with a small off white head. Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, nice and malty with some sweetness too. Flavour: A light amount of malt to start, caramel, some grains and the tiniest amount of hops. Had a bitter and dry finish. Just okay. Cool label though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2009
2009-11-27. Copper amber body witha modest off-white head and light lace. Aroma is sweet, light metallic note, touch of toasty malt is odd but not unpleasant. 6+ Flavour is similar, sweet muddled malt has light bitterness and a light metallic note in the finish that is brown ale like. Light fruity oddness could be on purpose or possibly light oxidation. Average plus palate. Meh. Okay but just did not quite come together for my tastes. Bottle shared by Blankboy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (9222) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
[2598-20091127] 650mL bottle. Rich chocolate malt grains and mild resin aroma. Slightly hazy, light amber orange body with a quick foamy white head. Sweet grain malt flavour has mild resin butter notes. Medium body. Interesting balance.
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, garthicus, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2009
Finally a true bitter that has bitterness and doesnt just state it on the label. There is plenty of generous hops in each bottle. If you like bitters, you love this esb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle. Copper with a thin fair white head. Thick ruck malt nose. Rich spicy thick malt. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2009
From Brewery Creek. Poured out a great clear and dark copper beneath a thin but creamy white head. Aroma was quite malty and thankfully the taste was less so. Mouth was average; finish was nice and hoppy to offset the malts. Not a super beer but not such a bad one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
Clear reddish copper pour with a thin offwhite head. Decent aroma of toasted malt, caramel and hops. The flavor feels a bit bland, there’s some toasted malt, some hops and caramel, but it’s highly unexciting. The body is light and boring, the carbonation is gentle.

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