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Anniversary American Bitter Ale | Blue Hills Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by morebeergood on 01-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 4
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3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/17/2012 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA listed as “Comet Tail Anniversary Ale” and served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky golden brown color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a caramel and citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by an odd bite of hops bitterness that takes a few sips to get used to. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The beer gains some balance as it sits for a bit. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are other beers in the style that I would chose first.

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Hills Brewery has brewed an ESB as their anniversary release. Info says it will only be available for now in kegs and growlers, so I picked up a growler at the brewery. Poured into a standard pint glass. Bright orange-yellow color. Nice looking white head forms. Plenty of carbonation. Smell was hoppy and a bit musty. The taste was really bursting with hops. It's brewed with five different hops, according to info posted at the brewery. Very light body with just a hint of sweet malt at the end. This is probably one of the hoppiest ESBs I have ever had, which is a nice twist on the style for American drinkers. Very easy to drink with a relatively low abv of 5.6% plus plenty of hops to boot, this beer will satisfy those hop heads out there and also the session beer drinkers alike.

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Anniversary American Bitter Ale from Blue Hills Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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