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 Ridley’s beer, brewed at Greene King since late 2005.

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stravale (3135) - Co. Westmeath, 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 I’ve tried from Greene King so far - a lot better than the other GK beers I’ve tried

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.

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 there’s bitter on the sides of my tongue and marmalade. Not bad!

mr_h (5917) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2012
500ml bottle at home - pours deep amber with a good off-white head, amora is malty with a hint of fruit, taste is strongly caramel with a hint of fruit giving it a nice sweetish finish, really quite a pleasant drink

worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2012 Foul taste of grass caramel malt. Medium copper with a foamy white head. Stong malt and alcohol smell. Not very enjoyable. Feels like cardboard and grass.

brownyonder (267) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2011
Nice dark colour with a small white head. Aromas of vanilla, raisins, caramel. Flavour is caramel, raisins.

TBone (18212) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2011
Bottled 500ml
Deep amber color, good beige head. Nutty caramelly, slight grassy aroma. Medium-bodied. Toffee, licorice, nutty maltyness. A bit salty finish. Suprsingly good beer from Greene KIng.

will1 (141) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2011
Tasted at room temperature which brought out powerful hop aromas and a hint of toffee. Fairly fruity with hints of slightly burnt toast. Bitterness really kicks in at the end of each mouthful. Opinions seem divided but I enjoyed this.

sm89walt (2080) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2011
500ml bottle. Poured a deep, clear ruddy copper colour with a large, thickish, slowly fading off-white head. Noticeable house yeast all round. Rich, lightly spicy mid fruits on the nose. More rich mid fruits, biscuit and a fairly heavy malt bitterness on the tongue. Lingering dryish finish, medium body & carbonation with a toffee apple, tangy aftertaste. Not a lot different to the rest of the GK stable - rather predictable & uneventful.

Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2011
Courtesy or Armando629, thanks. Poured ruby-amber and an off-white head. Banana, candy, dirt, vinegar in the aroma. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Not my beer.

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