OLD GOLDEN HEN: 83 Points
This English Bitter is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Crafted by the Master Brewer of “Old Speckled Hen” this light golden beer delivers both flavour and refreshment. Brewed using the finest pale malts and the rare galaxy hop.”
My Description: This is a decent English bitter but it does nothing special and the flavors don’t shine, which makes this beer forgettable and standard. It has a weak, white colored head that fades quick and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is the best part of the beer with a nice clean hop aroma with a touch of pale malt. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, there are light malt notes accompanied by honey notes and, interestingly enough, a touch of lime. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with notes of pine/herbal hops and it lingers slightly. It is best served around 45°F and it pairs nicely with fish & chips, lightly seasoned steaks, or sauteed shrimp.
ABV: 4.1% Color: Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10
ESB: 96 Points
Extra Special Bitter
This English Bitter is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.”
My Description: My first reaction to drinking this beer is how delicious it is. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head with a retention level that lasts and a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is complex and pleasant with notes of dark fruit, orange, toffee, malt, noble hops, and a touch of tobacco. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer has a great malt flavor backbone topped with flavor notes of dark fruits, soft hops, and a touch of orange and spice. The finish is very clean with a moderately low bitterness level. This beer is perfectly balanced and the texture is silky smooth. As it warms up, butterscotch begins to make an appearance adding to the overall complexity and enjoyment of this ale. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with fish & chips, chocolate desserts, or lamb chops.
ABV: 5.9% Color: Amber Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 4/10
LONDON PRIDE: 93 Points
London should be proud
This English Bitter is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Known and loved for its distinctive, rounded flavour, London Pride is the award-winning beer for which Fuller’s is most famous. In recent years its popularity has grown to the extent that it is now Britain’s leading premium ale: a welcome fixture in many pubs and off licences around the country, and now winning new friends abroad.”
My Description: To call a beer London Pride is a bold statement. England has such a legendary history of quality beer and they take their ales seriously. Fortunately, this beer is great and is worthy of such a label. It has an average, off-white colored head that fades quickly and leaves a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is where this beer starts getting good. There are scent notes of malt with hints of clean hops and toffee. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is remarkably smooth and clean making it a very easy drinking, sessionable ale. Upfront there are strong tasting malt notes that are accompanied by a hint of citrus and toffee. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a tasty hop flavor that brings great balance to the beer. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with fish & chips, roasted duck, or BBQ wings.
ABV: 4.7% Color: Copper/Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 3/10
HONKER’S ALE: 86 Points
This English Style Bitter is available year round in 12 oz. bottles and is best enjoyed within 180 days of date stamped.
Brewer’s Description: “Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer.”
My Description: This is a good everyday beer to drink at the bar, it goes down smooth and easy. It has an average, off-white colored head with a good retention level and an average amount of lacing. The aroma is on the sweeter side with fragrant notes of caramel malt, bread-like, and toffee. It is medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The flavors are on the light side with this beer; there is some caramel sweetness with a minor hint of lemon but not much more. The aftertaste has a slightly lingering bitterness that hangs around for a few seconds. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with fish & chips, fried cheese sticks, or a mushroom swiss burger.
ABV: 4.2% Color: Orange/Brown Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
NEWCASTLE WEREWOLF: 72 Points
More like pussywolf
This ESB style ale is released seasonally in Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “At first smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with Rye Malt, it is naturally “blood red” in colour.”
My Description: I like how they market this beer as some kind of “blood red” ale that’s super scary. First off, it’s mainly brown in color and the only thing scary about this beer is the possibility that I might accidentally drink another one some day. It has a decent sized, off-white colored head that fades quick leaving some minimal lacing. The aroma is peculiar with notes of roasted malt, burnt caramel, and a hint of ass. It is roughly light/medium in body with a moderate carbonation level and a dry, harsh finish. Up front you can taste flavors of sweet caramel and roasted malts which transition into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter with flavor notes of old, stale hops. The finish left a shitty feeling in my throat. Werewolves are scary and ugly just like this beer, enjoy! It is best served around 48°F and pairs nicely with anything that will kill the flavor of this beer.
ABV: 4.5% Color: Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10