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


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RATINGS: 705   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Available filtered in a variety of containers in Finland, UK, USA, Brazil, Denmark, France, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.
Can has been 4.3% since at least 2014
Ingredients: Pale Malt; Goldings, Challenger & Bramling Cross hops.
Originally brewed in the Ruddles brewery in Oakham, Leicestershire (Rutland); moved in 1997 to the Morland brewery in Abingdon, Oxfordshire; finally moved in 2000 to the Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.

An English Ale with a distinctive flavour of dark toffee and caramel combined with a crisp bitterness derived from using rare Bramling Cross hops. Tropical and berry fruits from the mix of hops, in particular the rare Bramling Cross which adds black and redcurrants. Challenger in the boiling copper gives robust bitterness and this is balanced by the sweetness from the pale and crystal malts.

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DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Grassy aroma with the claimed burnt toffee/caramel notes. Attractive clear reddish-brown body. Not much head. At first I thought this beer was spoiled because the taste is so sharp and very different from anything I've had before. After a bit of contemplation, the beer is fine. There's soft caramel notes in the start, but they're overwhelmed by a big dandelion hop taste. Smooth mouthfeel. I honestly don't enjoy the hops all that much, but this beer scores points for being unique.

Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Similar pull-tab as the old Mickey's big mouth bottles -- clumsy and sharp. Clear and vibrantly amber. Light and soft on the tongue with moderate carbonation. Even though it was a little watery at times, it had some chewiness to it. Malts were doughy, with a mild sweetness (spiced apples in light syrup). Hint of rusty metal, probably due to age/cap. Surprisingly big hop bitterness finishes it out ... and it grew with every sip. Overall, not bad, but kind of boring. Though, it had a bold hop profile.

Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Pours a clear amber beer. Aroma is somewhat weak but nice fruity and malty. Flavor is not very good, way to harsh and bitter. Dry finish. Not a good beer!!

flemdawg (561) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Deep golden color and a nice sized head. Cascading effect as a result of the widget thingy. Interesting aroma, malts, and what I took to be a buttery tone, and maybe nutty as well.. Really light bodied, almost didnt even know I was drinking it. Some bitter in the finish, but some subtle sweetness before that. I liked it, but I don't know if I liked it enough to buy it again.

SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Can: Light orange color. Taste has some nice fruity notes with some toffee and caramel. Finish is bitter as advertised but not overwhelming.

sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 (Bottled) Nice deep red-amber color with a small, bubbly head. Sweetish, nutty-hoppy aroma with toffeeish maltiness. Bitter, quite crisply nutty-grassy-hoppy flavor with decent. buttery maltiness in the background. Long, bitter and acidic aftertaste. Light to medium-bodied, smooth-carbonated, sharply bitter palate. A nicely hoppy and quite balanced bitter. Not bad - maybe a bit straightforward.

SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
From the can. Cloudy with a dark orange hazy body with an active thin head. The nose is very crisp and citrusy with lots of wheat. The taste is very wheaty with a tad bit of that lager funk. the mouth is thin and kind of slimey.

muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Nitro can. Still like the way these things look when they pour, but the smooth soft mouthfeel does not compensate for loss of bitterness, complexity, and aroma. Smooth, sweet, reasonable maltiness, but ultimately unmemorable. Some nice caramel, and reasonably "fresh" tasting.

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Draft. Light amber, OK but fading head. Aroma faintly of apples and gentle malt. Apple flavors dominate, hint of malt, bit of bitterness at finish. Better than expecting from Greene King.

MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Very simple, yet enjoyabele "Pub Ale." A wispy head sits atop an interesting tawny color. Sweet malts on the nose and palate.

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