Goldings Special Bitter | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-06-2006

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of bbsaur
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours amber yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small rings of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of caramel malt, earthy hops, pine and fresh toasted bread. A little dull but still pretty nice.

T - Starts off with some light chewy caramel sweetness quickly giving way to some light earthy hop bitterness, light spice and some very faint fruitiness. Finish is a little bitter with some very light lingering sweetness.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking feel that makes this one easy going down.

O - I enjoyed this one for what it is. The cask version was a little better than this one, the natural carbonation really helped it out, but I had no problem finishing my glass in short order.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Selingsgrove brewpub on a fairly grim looking October afternoon.

This offering was marked "organic" and was available regular or beer engine. Went with regular.

Nice clear dark amber coloring with about 1/2 inch creamy head, leaving thin lacing. Temp was about perfect.

sweet and malty aroma, but a healthy swig revealed a touch of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Malt is dominant though.

Mouthful was full and sweet. Overall, for a sweet tooth like me, a great offering. I can see going through a nice long session with this one.

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Photo of JohannBock
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ended my night at Selin's Grove with this gem which was served on a beer engine and poured into a pint glass.

A: A nice dark golden color, a bit hazy as well. Got it with a nice one finger of head which settled down into a nice thin sheet on top. Nice lacing as I continued to drink.

S: Nice malt smell, not a lot to write about here.

T: Wow. If I only had one word to describe it thats the one I would use. But since I have more than one word: It is balanced all the way through but the first thing you get is some toasty malts and then almost instantly you get some nice hop bitterness. But the hops don't dominate the flavor, they compliment the malt very nicely. At lingers on the back of your tongue for a few minutes after the fist sip or two. Very very tasty.

M: Not much in the way of carbonation so it feels very smooth and creamy the whole way down. Pretty quaffable.

O: Absolutely the best way to end this night. I was going to try the IPA but they were out of it... and I'm glad they were. The way that this is balanced is delightful. Just an incredible beer that I hope to enjoy again. (the only unfortunate thing about this experience is that I couldn't take a growler of it home with me to enjoy it at my house)

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One fingers worth of compact slightly creamy off-white colored head... The color was amber with a distinctive orange hue... Some stray carbonation bubbles could be seen within...

S - Rather subdued... Strong malt base... Toasted malts... Loads of bread... Some euro hoppiness... Clean...

T - Strong hop bite from the get go... Orange zest... This sits atop a strong malt base dominated by biscuit and some toasted malts...

M - Surprisingly light bodied... Some slight carbonation... Dry from the very first sip... Clean and crisp...

D - A very respectable ESB, with an overabundance of hops for the style... I had no trouble finishing, but probably my least favorite SGB offering...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a moderate golden-copper color with a somewhat-thin white head and some speckled lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some mild toffee and bread crust as well as a small amount of floral hops.

The taste follows the nose. I got mostly toffee, and caramel plus a slight floral character from the hops. There is a bit of diacetyl there as well. While not necessarily a flaw in this style, it didnt really add much for me. The feel is light and slightly creamy. Drinks quite well in the end even though no single component really had all that much I particularly enjoyed.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from the hand-pump, Goldings Special Bitter has a dark red body and an off-white head.

The aroma has equal parts fruity hops and rich caramel malt.

GSB is a nicely balanced ESB. Sweet malts bring flavors of caramel, toffee, and a bit of bread. The hops come through in the finish with a little bit of bitterness and a big fruity character.

This is a good beer for the hand pump, as the mouthfeel seemed to be a pretty good match for the beer; maybe I will try it on-tap next time.

GSB is a good drinker. Another winner from Selin's Grove.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 7/8/10 at the brewpub.

Served in a mini version of a sort of short stemmed weizen glass? (Honestly I don't know what to call this.) The brew appears a hazed amber color with a thin lace of white for a head. A spotty amount of lace clings to the glass. The aroma of this brew is quite muted that is slightly grainy with a biscuity note about it. The taste has some minor malt flavor tasting of caramel and a bit biscuit-like just like the aroma indicated. Faint hop flavor with a mild bitterness that finishes quite dry. A very minor amount of alcohol is noticeable that increases with the warmth of the glass. Medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Quite drinkable overall and a pretty decent representation for the style.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at Selin's Grove earlier this week.

A: The ale is a dark brown-amber color, nice and coppery. The head on the first few pours was robust, thick and foamy. As it recedes, there is no lacing.

S: The nose is earthy hops and caramel malts, bitter with a bite that lingers in the nostrils.

T: The taste is very relaxed, low key with a solid malt backbone of caramel and biscuit. As the malts fade, the hops kick in and add a dirty, floral earth flavor that nicely coats the tastebuds. The finish is a mix of the malt and hops.

M: The ale is very drinkable with a hoppy finish that will satisfy most hopheads. The smooth caramal malts amde this a good sessioner.

D: A good growler, I made sure to get 3 full pours from it.

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Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark, hazy amber with a thick, creamy head that dissipates to leave nice lace.

S-Musty, earthy hops with the nice support of caramel malts.

T-Spciy, bready notes with the lovely lingering of the earthy hops. This is malt first with hop support and finish.

M-Medium body with that oh so enjoyable creamy feeling that only cask beer will give you!

D-A great session brew. Easy on the palate but offers enough flavour to keep you interested.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask as the SGB.

Pours a clear dark amber wiht a thin, brite-white head that retains nicely around the edges and with some thin wisps across the center that leaves some nice looking lacing behind. The aroma is a little subdued but then opens up more with those East Kent Goldings hops being featured most prominantly, followed by some malt sweetness and some slight citric notes.

The taste is those Goldings hops just popping in the mouth up front along with an earthy feel. A smooth malt backbone carries things home nicely with a pleasant, dry, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great creaminess and silky smooth feel.

This is always a treat whenever I see it on cask at the brewpub as I know that I'm in for one well balanced, tasty, and quaffable beer. A great sessionable brew!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at SGB on 3/22/08.

A - Very hazy copper-colored body with orange highlights underneath a finger's width of creamy, off-white head that left plenty of thick lacing.

S - Rich, sweet maltly nose with a healthy dose of East Kent Goldings hops, creating a nice blend of citrus and pine notes.

T - Initial sweet malt flavor followed by a pretty assertive hop bite featuring lemon zest. Finish offers a lingering bitterness with a nice bready malt aspect.

M - Medium body with creamy texture and very soft carbonation. Very smooth, velvety mouthfeel for a pale ale. Long-lasting sticky, bitter finish.

D - While I'm more of a fan of their Fuggles Special Bitter, I'm always happy to see this one on the list at SGB. Excellent mouthfeel and a very well-balanced flavor. I'll always order one of these during a visit when it's on!

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Photo of envizz1
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass, on tap at the brew-pub

Appearance -- dark copper, darker than I expected from a strong bitter-style ale.

Smell -- light crisp hops -- very pleasant

Taste -- again more than I expected after seeing this described as a British bitter-style ale. This beer has a much more pronounced hop flavor. Not unpleasant -- just more than expected!

Mouthfeel -- good carbonation helps this move along really well

Drinkability -- good pleasant beer. Easy to drink but not really outstanding. I'll definitely try it again, but I'll probably not get back to it until I've tried all the other Selin's Grove brews

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Photo of dherling
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a very pale color, not much of a head, just a thin white lace around the rim. The nose smelled estery and somewhat off/foul. Maybe it was old, or they don't clean their lines or something. The taste mimicked these off flavors, with some bitterness as well. Had a medium light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The finish was bitter and tannic.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Selin's Grove Brewing Company.

A - Pours a darker pale-ale-color with a 1-inch head that quickly dissipates into the glass.

S - Smells of spiced-bread and earthy hops.

T - Bready notes blend well with the dry hops, forming a bitter-spicy malt flavor. Almost like a hoppy rye bread with just a dash of honey.

M - Creamy, medium body with a bittersweet finish.

D - Solid from start to finish...very easy to drink.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"A rich version of a pale ale, well-balenced with lots of body, this British style ale has a deep malt nose and is nicely balanced with well-placed, highly-prized East Kent Golding hops."

A satisfying "pfft" upon unscrewing the (recently-purchased) SBC growler. Moderately aggressive pour yields a clear honey-chestnut color with a thick and cascading off-white head. Globs of lace sit atop the beer and cling to the sides of my glass.

Aromas are soft, comprised of rich caramel sweetness, slightly roasted. Spicy notes ride shotgun. Flavor quite sweet up front, with caramel and brown sugar notes. Middle sees a swell of spicy-peppery bitterness. Finish is dry and long-lasting, almost powdery. Bitter. Subdued carbonation makes for a smoother mouthfeel, which I think contributes nicely to taming the sharpness of this beer. Medium body. Prickly mouthfeel. At 5.5%, numerous pints were enjoyed whilst puttering in the new basement. After a growler of SBC organic pale ale and a growler of this, I'm not **too** disappointed that their (stellar) IPA was still out.

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Goldings Special Bitter from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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