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Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2013
12oz can served in a Sam Adams perfect pint A - Pours a clear amber body with fleeting head. S - Grainy biscuit, cereal malt, red wheat, clean bread, slightly toasted. T - Follows the nose with cereal grains, lightly toasted caramel, moderate citrus hops wrap around providing a solid bitterness. The grainy malt holds strong against the semi-aggresive hops. Some floral hops and vanilla come out when warmed up. Finishes dry. M - Creamy carbonation, grainy, wet the dry on the finish. Light to medium body. A solid all around ESB. Hops are more pronounced than it’s English counterparts. The citrus plays off the malt well and makes for a hopped up bready ESB. Serving type: can 04-07-2013


3.2
ads135 (4933) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 3, 2017
This is a pretty solid, middle of the road ESB. A little bitter for my taste and a just a tad too alcoholic to be sessionable, but its got a great malty sweet body.

2.5
bks71 (1) - - MAY 11, 2017 does not count
Really want to like this but there are just much better ESBs out there. A little too bitter.

2.9
ozzy70 (1264) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 15, 2017
12 oz. can. Pour was clear light copper, off white head. Aroma was light malt. Taste was light bitter, pale malts, light fruit, hop finish.

3.1
Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2016
This is a perfect session beer, equal malty with only a bit bitter. Clean looking with a steady, creamy head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2016
I like this one. Probably the last ESB I drink with any kind of regularity. The SKa mix pack is a good one.

4
MooseJuice39 (4) - - JUN 7, 2016 does not count
Poured from a can, substantial head and hearty aroma. As the head subsides malt comes through to dominate the aroma. Pleasing light malt flavors pair well with substantial hops. One of my favorites.

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3.5
allmyvinyl (10950) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2016 Can from Brewdog Online Shop. Pours clear golden orange with a thin white head. Aromas of nutty malt, citrus. Taste is cooked orange, nutty malt. Sweet finish.

3
JohnCook101 (535) - - MAR 12, 2016
Pretty generic golden ale. Sweet malt, some fruit, light to moderate bitterness. It’s OK.

2.4
sawbuck (756) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Not much on the nose....some bread. Crystal clear dark orange, with a super thin white head. Sweet caramel up front. Bread/biscuit throughout. Bitterness balances sweetness pretty well. Bitterness has some spiciness, earthy tones. Average.

2.6
Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Origin: Can. Vessel: Can. Supplier: Gift (Romsey). Bitter caramel with high carbonation.


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