Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles.
"This succulent premium ale has a wonderful blend of hops that give spicy and citrus fruit flavours leading into a dried fruit and biscuit malt finish. Twice a gold medal winner at the British Bottlers Institute Awards. Rich and malty as well as fruity and spicy. Nutty amber malt and biscuit pale malt together with crystal malt giving toffee/caramel notes. Fuggles and Styrian hops brings masses of tropical fruit and fragrant spiciness. Robust bitterness is balanced with the full body and mouth feel provided by the malt and the satisfyingly complex hoppiness."
A Ridleys beer, brewed at Greene King since late 2005.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (2016) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
500ml bottle - Deep ruby with thin white head, slight carbonation. Aroma of hops, a bit malty, sour fruits on the tongue. A bit oily, with the carbonation nipping the tongue. Not unpleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1567) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2012
500 mL bottle from Tesco into a pint glass at home. Frothy head over a red brown ale. Fruity and lightly citrus aroma. Bitter, dry and a little plumy, with perhaps a little too much fuggle. Its alright but really nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Clear glass bottle from BierZwerg. Beautiful amber color under a tiny-bubbled beige head, nose is grassy and airy with fruit. Taste sticky and very fruity malt, light-medium body is firm, light bitterness and some crystal malt feel, darker aftertaste and some moderately musty Fuggles. Fresh with a touch of booze showing, which is a no-no here; this is sweet candy, but tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
buggybill2003 (39) - - JUN 13, 2012
Lovely dark amber colour, with delicious malty taste with hints of fruit. Thin lacy head, but balanced well. Great aftertaste with just the right amount of bitterness. A very satisfying beer I would happily look for again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (7222) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear dark amber to copper colour with average frothy off-white head. Typical Bitter malt aroma, caramel malty, touch of toasty notes. Bitter hoppy taste, some toasted grainy notes, a touch of dark berries.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (6978) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2012
In Jan 2007 I wrote this on BA: Clear 500ml bottle from my local Morrisons. No best by date. Rear label claims it was brewed by; Ridleys Brewing, Westgate Street, Bury Saint Edminds, Suffolk. Looks like an Irish Red in its bottle. Looks even more like an Irish Red in my pint straight sided sleeve glass. The off white, light tan head soon goes to leave a wisp-like nothingness. If your feet smell and your nose runs, you are built upside down, my nose cant smell anything here. Not even something nasty. The taste is OK, a bit fizzy maybe, but barley and hops are in there somewhere, the bottle mentions Fuggles, but I cant find them from this pint. Beery aftertaste, dryish and hops, slightly watery for a 5.1% beer. I am sure Old Bob and myself have met before, in a cask life, this is not as I remember him.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (2207) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 17, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2016 50cl bottle. Light and clear brown with almost no head. Nose : toffee and chocolate cake, floral honey, little cherry, banana and vanilla. Little clove. Sip : A bit oily with low to medium density. Low carbonation. Nose aromas are well present in mouth. Sweet and long mild bitter coffee and hoppy end. Nice rich taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2971) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 9, 2012
Bottle from Tesco
Caramel brown, crystal clear, good frothy white head, some lacing
Aroma - caramel malts..soft fruity spicy hops..slight yeast...light toffee...very slight minerals...no skunk
Taste - caramel malts...spicy bitter hops...yeast...some toffee malts...bit of soft dark fruits...quite a complex flavour
Palate - soft carb...medium body...caramel malts. Finish fairly dry..moderate bitter hops some salty minerals (very slightly metallic) in the linger
Ovreall - Best beer Ive tried from Greene King so far - a lot better than the other GK beers Ive tried

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aphelion1979 (172) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
pours amber with a puddle of white froth. aroma is fruity (oranges), with light caramel. taste is light, balanced, roasted malts, spices, and a marmalade bitterness. its quite carbonated, and a little thin for my palate, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle from Asda. Pours clear dark amber. No discernable head, lightly conditioned. Slight aroma of fruity hops, old orange peel? Light bitterness fading quickly. A little later theres bitter on the sides of my tongue and marmalade. Not bad!

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