Mitchell's Extra Special Bitter | Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse

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Mitchell's Extra Special BitterMitchell's Extra Special Bitter

Brewed by:
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Recently named “one of canada’s top beers” by Maclean’s magazine, this long time favourite with Spinnakers’ regulars is a copper coloured, classic English pub bitter, brewed with English Pale and Crystal malts, hopped with Horizon & Kent Goldings.

40 IBU

Added by 49degrees on 01-10-2003

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 21
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Derek
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the brewpub.

A: Copper Bronze, some off-white head, lots of lace.

S: Not a lot of nose, a little bland.

T: Bready, fruity, with a British Bubblegum aftertaste (from the yeast). VERY British. My taste score may be on the low side (I'm not a fan of the overtly British yeast).

M: Light body and carbonation.

D: Quite quaffable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the Victoria brewpub. Darker golden with a white head. Light mouthfeel, OK bitterness. Acceptable ESB as understated hoppiness.Melange of hops, including Kent, Northern Brewer and Cascade.Maybe better on tap, and a decent cask. Competent as most of the lineup.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stephenlouis for including this Beer in his CanBIF package!

Appearance: Opaque copper with bubbly, soapy dishwater-like head.

Smell: Hops are quite fruity, in fact it smells exactly like a can of Del Monte peaches in syrup! Now there's something you don't find every day in a Beer!

Taste: Very quaffable, British-like flavor profile, fruity hops with only a slight astringency in the tail end make this a very refreshing brew. Some cookies in the body but was a little weak. This stuff must be awesome on cask, but this bottled product tastes pretty close to the real deal.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into pint glass a few weeks back, from notes

A reddish copper with a slight haze, completely full of bubbles, pours tan foam for 2/3’s of the glass and it just sits there, still three fingers when the beers half gone, big chunks of lace everywhere

S iced tea powder, a handful of pennies, some citrus, spiced apple sauce, spicy herbal hops

T maybe some wet leaves and a little hard toffee added to the smell, a little malty for an ESB but I suppose some would call it “balanced”

M light and explosive, pretty much turns to foam the second it hits your mouth, a little gritty after the fact

O I don’t detect any flaws but its way over carbonated, OK beer but nothing worth buying more of

This one’s popped up a few times over the years on the best of Canada list and has been a long standing want. I didn’t think it was anything special to be honest.

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3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A pint from the cask at Spinnakers.

Arrives a dark, copper color with a finger of light, fluffy foam that sticks around through the drink.

Smell has a light sweetness to it, some caramel malts, hints of fruit, maybe even some citrus.

Taste is a light, light sweet caramel flavor. Hints of bittering hops in the finish, on the watery side (light, light body).

Really, just not that impressed. Drinkability is there but the flavor and the body just had no depth to it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Spinnakers liquor store, as they were completely out of it on tap at the brewpub itself the whole time I was in Victoria.

Came in a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a transluscent mahogany hue, picks up red oak highlights when held to the light. Light tan creamy head on the pour that recedes to a thin dense cap.

The aroma is a surprising deep toasted malt, with nuts and carob, even smells a bit creamy. Light coffee notes as well.

The toasted malt carries over predominantly into the flavour as well, along with bitter, woody nuts, while everything mellows out towards the finish, with the faintest astringency provided by light hopping. Creamy, silky light bodied mouthfeel helps turn this into one helluva session ale. I can see now why this was sold out, and why the brewpub was letting the upcoming batches age properly. Looking forward to sampling the draught version someday soon.

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Photo of IllNate
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a finger of head and decent retention. Aroma is malty with biscuit and bread tones, some caramel coming through as well. Hop aroma is earthy and floral.

Taste is full bodied and sweet. Nice english malt and caramel tones as well as earthy floral hops. A bit sweeter finish than I would like however.

Mouthfeel is pretty good and it has the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but not anything special in any category.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Beervana
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spinnaker's Brewpub 'Mitchell's ESB' @ 5.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is a burnt orange from the bottle to glass with a big off white head that is leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-certainly doesn't have the powerful smell I've been acustomed too , way to mellow

T-clean , mellow tasting 'ESB' , no wow factor

MF-low/mild carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , below average local 'ESB'

prost LampertLand

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Photo of ZachT
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lumikuuro
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Clear brown amber with beige head when poured aggressively, but little retention or lace.

Aroma: Gentle woody hop, toffee and caramel malty sweetness.

Taste: Woody hop, coffee, some chocolate. Restrained caramel. Hazelnuts, slight hint of fruit. Woody hop predominant in finish with hints of other flavours lingering. Not an aggressively hopped ESB, more of an English tasting one with a PNW accent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry, very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Some good flavours going on in here, but a little too English for my preference. Nothing essentially wrong with that, but it just seems to be good throughout without being impressive. Unlike many English ales, this one does not become unpleasantly sour when it warms.

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Photo of chickenm
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Subdued aroma with malt and a little hops. The taste is very British with caramel malt, bread, honey, and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Nicely balanced and quite drinkable, this is a nice session beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BDTyre
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spinnakers does not disappoint.

The look of this beer is classic ESB. Solid copper colour with a fine, white head. The scent is a bit malty, but other than that, I could easily think this beer was a true English ESB.

The hops do not overpower, and the malt taste does not make the beer too sweet.

I can't wait for the opportunity to try this on tap.

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Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes accumulated since the birth of Zoe.

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (10 notched on the left side of the label and 02 & 7 notched on the right).

Appearance: A dark copper color with red tinges and pours a little like apple cider. The slightest brown in the good sized head with a thick sheet all the way down.

Smell: Orange peel, mineral hops, a bit tea-like and that crisp ESB aroma that i love.

Taste: Very malt forward with the hops riding on the back. Has a not overly citrus profile and the Golding is not overused as the tea aspect is kept to a minimum. Fleshy fruit.

Mouthfeel: Mouth filling from start to finish. Bitterness in the tail end and robust indeed.

Overall: Very satisfying, flavorful and intense for the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Voonder
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown colour, very clear, with no head. Smell - malts with chocolate notes. Taste the same, plus you can recognise those hops in there too. It's pretty chocolaty though (nothing wrong with that). Moderate carbonation, balanced and very drinkable, very good beer overall, perfect ESB!

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Mitchell's Extra Special Bitter from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 35 ratings