Holly Bush | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by DaveHS on 01-11-2011

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Photo of gutbucket2
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml, bottle-conditioned. Pours reddish-brown with light tan head. Aroma piney hop. taste: plenty of piney hop. Some fruit. Quite bitter. Palate: quite syrupy. Overall: strongly flavoured hoppy bitter.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and a Christmas special
Part of a box sent by brewery thenselves
lovely mix of berry, grapefruit & malty biscuit. I really enjoyed this on cask also.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has changed since the first review:

The brewery posted this on facebook: We have brewed Hollybush a few times in the past but this year (2013) the recipe has had a tweak or two. The aim is to have a beautiful red yuletide hue and a pronounced hop profile, we’re using Brewers Gold & Centennial hops.

My thoughts are here:

Hand-pulled half-pint in the excellent ’White Hart’ in Shifnal, Shropshire during a CAMRA pub crawl on 14th Dec 13.
Poured a dark reddy brown with an off-white head. The nose was hop led with a malty undertone, nice. The Brewers Gold and Centennial hops giving a floral feel (not Centennials usual citrus notes).
Taste wise it changed somewhat with the malts asserting themselves more although the hops did give a dry and semi-bitter finish with just a trace of citrus within the flavour.
Good body depth and an almost rich texture on the palate, a pleasant winter ale and one I’d happily try again.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Wenlock Arms in London.

A-Golden blonde with a thin foam of bubbly brilliant white head.

S-Biscuity malt, sweet tropical fruit, carmelized sugar. Reminds me of creme brulee.

T/M-Not what I expected. A straightforward bitter, with a grassy, hoppy finish. A bit bland.

D-The nose lead me to believe it would be more interesting. Still worth a try.

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Holly Bush from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
3.81 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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