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


on tap


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RATINGS: 701   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4707) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4875) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3737) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2004
I had avoided this one for years due to the stupid looking bottle and the stupid price we pay for UK imports, however I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's not such a bad drop. It's certainly malty with a little bit of toffee, I couldn't describe the hop flavour though, just a pleasant mid-palate bitterness. Not bad, but I'm not going to pay $9 for another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2003
Amber coloured. It starts out sweet and malty and then turns towards a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Poured a copper color with small tan head. Malt and caramel aroma also a little skunk aroma. Sweet caramel and malt taste with a little bit of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1160) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2003
interesting bottle and cap; maybe just a gimmick, but i bought it anyway. not-so-subtle malty hoppy aroma, with a pungent skunky overtone (probably a result of the clear bottle?). very bitter at first, but it smoothes out into a good balance of malt and hops. buttery and roasty. appropriately small level of carbonation, and the finish is crisp and clean. not my favorite, but i'd buy it again....

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