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

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2004
I will truthfully say that there was not a chance I would have ever picked this beer up at the store… but the owner of WOB gave it to me… so a rate it gets!

Nitro Can pours a copper body that is clocked with a falling cloak of butterscotch snow. The aroma is very hoppy.. notes of old musty woods and scotch whisky. Rather tart.. reminds me of a compost pile. I get some strange notes of pecans, a light “natural” incased cigar, caramel mixes with rotten plums and lemon juice… notes of burnt toast and caramel. The Nitro can obviously gives this beer a buttery and creamy mouth feel. …. Very strange brew for me.

3.1
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2004
Bottled. Hint of newly cut timber and burnt toffee; rather flat (must try on draught); light flavour, sort of like a really mild fruit and nut toffee. Not a first choice but a worthy backup when a pleasent easy going ale is required.

2.9
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2004
Deep golden color and a nice sized head. Sweet aroma, malts, and what I took to be a buttery tone, and maybe nutty as well. Some bitter in the finish, but some subtle sweetness before that.

2.8
TBone (18411) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 Bottled

Copper brown. Creamy off-white head and lace. Aroma is hops and toffee. Mouthfeel is watery, taste toffee caramel and lightly bitter finish. Unique bottle. (6/3/5/2/11 2.7)

Re-rated, bottle

Copper brown, small tanned head. Flowery, toffeish hoppy nose. Medium-bodied. Lots of toffee and some cardboard in the flavor. Late flowery hoppy bitterness. A bit unbalanced mouthfeel, I usually don’t like toffee - hoppy -combination. (6/4/4/2/11 2.7)

3.5
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2004
Creamy head over copper. Caramel malt aroma. I had read others reviews and was expecting something different in the aroma, there isn't, it's a nice normal ale smell. A taste and you see what they are talking about though...
Unusual hops thing, it's like some kind of biscuit initially followed by a herbaceous note which leads into a fairly normal hops bitterness. This is interesting. Can I be so bold as to say it is the english version of an american strong hops beer? I suspect if there were more of these around more people would think it was splendid, I suspect myself I ought to buy more and learn to appreciate this as much as it could be.

3.8
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.

2.6
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.

2.3
Jeppe (2634) - 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!!

3.2
flemdawg (563) - 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.

3.2
SiddFinch (156) - 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.


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