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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
This English Special Bitter is our “Special Ale.” Special because it is one of only a handful of canned microbrews in the nation. Special because the Galena hops and pale ale malts create a crisp first sip, a hoppy tongue, and a malty sweet finish. Though “bitter” is part of the name, “better” would be a more accurate term. Fresh and lively, this canned beer suits the needs of any outdoor enthusiast. Like it says on the can: Fish, Luau, Golf, Raft, Toboggan. Ska can!

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Headbanger (4021) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
12oz can-Pours an medium orange with a nice tight two finger off white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and a little toffee. Taste of this medium bodied brew is of hops caramel, and toffee with a piney finish. I was expecting worse so this was not bad.

frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours a mostly clear, bright golden/orange body under a wet yet creamy yellowhite head. A sour grassiness is the first aroma to reach my nose with dusty caramel/toffee following. Creamy in the mouth, fuller-bodied than expected. Odd conglomeration of flavors with sourdough yeast, toffee, instant tea and coffeeground bitters. Essence of tea lingers with a mild sweetness of honey and saccharine.

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RSRIZZO (2032) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Aroma is a faint hop scent. Color is a deep golden with good carbonation and a thin head. Taste is light and clean. Starting with a light body it goes down easy with a slightly crisp feel. Finish comes in with a very mild malt flavor that is then backed by a faint bitterness and ends very clean. Its just not very bitter for an ESB. Overall its a nice little beer to drink but it doesn’t fit its style very well.

Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Honey/amber color. Decent short lived head. A little lacing. Aroma is very mild toffee and malt with a hint of hops.Flavor is mild malt,baked bread and a hint of hops. Mouth feel watery but I’ve been drinking alot of BIG beers lately so it might just be me. Not bad but at $8 for a 6 of cans?!.......not likely to be a repeat.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2007
I believe this is my first ESB in a can. It pours a very pale amber body with a slight head that lingers none too long. Little of any lacing. It has a light aroma of toffee, fresh bread dough, and just a wee bit of floral hops. SKA needs to remember that a Bitter should have some bittering hops, because the flavor is practically all malt, a tired toffee and some bread dough. Just a bit of hops figure into the finish, quite dry. Drinkable.

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nearbeer (5601) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 12 oz can. Clear burnt orange with a small, lasting head. Aroma is toffee with slight prickly herb-spice. Flavor is initially big toffee-apple; turns to a delicate, bitter herb and light fruit finish. Slight wood and smoke on the finish at times, too. Pretty decent for a canned beer, and seems true to the style. Not a bad ESB, but there are others I prefer.

alexsdad06 (10803) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2007
12 oz. can (nice). Pours a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma has some malt and some floral hops with the slightest hint of citrus. The flavor is part malt, a larger part dry bitterness, with a small amount ofdough or bread. Not too bad, just missing something. I like the can.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 12, 2007
In the can from Boulder Liquor Mart. Pours a light amber with an off white head. Delicious caramel toasted flavor. Nice mild floral hops. Very mild beer, but has the redeeming quality of a solid malty body without producing any unbalanced bitterness. I like the can.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Date: 09/25/2007
Mode: Can
Source: Roadtrip

clear copper, fine dirty white head, lots of drippy lace, crystal malt aroma with only a hint of sweetness and balancing earthy hops, sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of rich bready character, nice long lasting tasty bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Ska, Ska, Ska. What are we going to do with you? You get so much right, with the cool packaging and all - I love the fact that this was in a can, and all the pretty fonts and the skeletons and all. But look man, the beer has got to get better before I’ll consider buying any of your stuff a second time. I mean look at this one, for example. Cool packaging, as we’ve already discussed. And the beer looks fine, and smells basically OK. If I stop there, you’re golden, you’re a champ. But unfortunately for you - and for me, it turns out - most people actually drink the beer, and that’s where everything falls apart. Mildly sweet bready flavors at first, then a huge mess of sour and wet cardboard. Terrible. Oh, Ska, how you never fail to disappoint...

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