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Gem - Bath Ales Ltd

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BA SCORE
87
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bath Ales Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
It's 4.1% in cask and 4.8% in bottle

(Beer added by: Shiredave on 06-25-2003)
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Reviews by CharlesRiver:
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time that I have seen this beer in the states. 1pt 9 fl oz bottle.

Pours amber in color with a very small white head that doesn't seem to last. Malty and sweet in terms of smell. The mouthfeel is solid and appears to have a good backbone. A bit astringent. Sweet in the beginning with a light bitterness in the middle and end.

Not very carbonated, just the way I like my English Ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 23:16:38 | More by CharlesRiver
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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AllForAugust

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A few things to address before reviewing. Firstly, BA has this listed as an ESB, while the brewery has it as an Amber Ale. That's going to make this hard. Secondly, there's a difference in ABV between bottle and cask. What gives, yo? This is the first time I've encountered this shit.

A: Very robust color if you're judging it by ESB standards, but for the sake of sanity, I'll be doing this review as the brewer/brewery has defined the style: as an amber ale. The robustness fits this style well. The amber color and clarity is much akin to famed InGen CEO, John Hammond's walking cane handle in the 1994 classic 'Jurassic Park'. There. That's enough pretentiousness for this review. Head looks great, but hardly lasts. The bead is fantastic. Little to no lace.

S: identifying the Maris Otter malts in this brew is hardly a challenge. In fact, I'm likely to make note of this beer as a prime example of its use. Sadly, there's little hop aroma. The sweetness of the malt overpowers it far too easily.

T: Sweet and wholesome Amber Ale twang! A lil but of toffee, a lil bit of grapefruit. But nt the grapefruit as I taste it now. It's kind of the icky grapefruit taste I remember from when I was a child. Dangerously drinkable, this drop is.

M: It just feels good, ya know? A bit sticky at first, but given enough time, it'll dry out. Great finish.

O: Great beer! Figure out what fucking style it is and you could really be on to something.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 06:26:50 | More by AllForAugust
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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice foam,creamy almost white,no bubbless,dark amber color. Clasicc ale.
S - Very weak aroma,almost nothing in it,but on the other hand,you could recognize some sweet malt and dark fruits
T/M - dark fruits,sweet caramel and gem,naturally. Easy to drink,clan finish. Lots of nice aroma in the aftertaste. Medium bitterness.
O - Good ale,drink it,you will like it.

Serving type: bottle

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Enjoyed at the Royal Oak, Bath, England

A: copper bronze. A half finger head that dissipates. Good lacing.

S: grapefruit, hoppy. Light malts.

T: Hop forward with grapefruit, then malts bring up the rear. Toffee, sweet. Bitter finish. A nice combination; well balanced.

M: Light to medium; light carbonation.

O: I really liked this one. Very sessionable. Although the brewery is outside Bath, this Bath Ale was a welcome basket of good taste upon our arrival.

Serving type: cask

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Gem from Bath Ales Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.