Chapter XXXIX: Return Of The Lambton Dragon
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Chapter XXXIX: Return Of The Lambton DragonChapter XXXIX: Return Of The Lambton Dragon
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Bitter - English
Ranked #117
Ranked #38,103
3.65 | pDev: 8.22%
Insight Brewing
Minnesota, United States
Chapter XXXIX: Return Of The Lambton DragonChapter XXXIX: Return Of The Lambton Dragon
Notes: Formerly Lamb & Flag ESB
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 49 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of biscuity malt, toffee and floral notes. Sweet maltiness with a spicy hop bite.

Dec 31, 2016
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice mix of flavors including biscuit, toast, caramel, cherry, tea, citrus and floral notes. The aroma is similar but a little simpler, with a focus on the fruit and floral notes. Light bitterness, dry finish, firm body. Very nice Bitter overall.

Sep 13, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Clear deep copper color. Dates, sticky fruit and bourbon nose with caramel and breast malt notes. Light bodied and full flavoured; toffee throughout and caramel malts with dark sticky fruits. Clean finish, slightly dry.

Aug 24, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The Lambton Dragon pours a darker amber color with a very small head. Toasty and biscuit aromas. The taste is warm, with lots of toasted biscuit flavors. A little flat, but good flavors. Overall solid beer.

Jul 05, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very cool art on their pint cans, reminds me almost of a tea or energy drink or something, definitely the new wave vibe to these. the beer in the can here is a nice english mild ale to esb type, beautifully fresh on the malt, truly english with an english crystal and maris otter grain character, a little sweet, a little caramel, a little nutty, and then a pretty robust but still classic english hop flavor that packs a ton of bitterness on top of mellow green leafy vegetable notes and a hint of pine. pretty much everything you could want in the style, and for me the bigger body is really nice because for one, its not real sweet in the end, and two, its so well carbonated that it never feels heavy, it just gives a richer overall vibe to the beer. there is definitely more hop bitterness here than is traditional, thats for sure, and its a little more than i need frankly too, but i like the bolder approach to a sometimes pallid style. i would still probably drink this fairly regularly for my english ale fix if i lived in the twin cities or another market where this stuff was available...

Jun 18, 2016
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Mdog from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Amber, slight haze, good head.

Smell: Bready, slight citrus.

Taste: Mildly sweet toffee, bit of tea, mild citrus in the finish.

Overall: I picked up a 4 pack from this local brewery to try. I was pretty impressed by this beer. It delivers an easy drinking but flavorful blend of toffee and citrus. I haven't had a ton of milds and bitters, so my first impression was that this was a mild, but it's listed as a bitter. I suppose my palate is too used to overly hopped beers!

May 15, 2016
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a pint can into an Irish Imperial pint glass. 1 inch bubbly head, slightly off-white with a tinge of tan. Recedes at a moderate to slow pace, leaving some 3.5lacing down the glass, ending with a thin rim. Dark amber color with plenty of carbonation visible. Touch of haze, but just a touch. Dark fruit aroma, somewhat sweet, some biscuit / bread. Initial taste is mild, slightly sweet, with a assertive bitterness in the middle along with some malt underneath. Feel is not as thin as expected given the low ABV, but certainly it is on the thin side. Bittering lingers well into and beyond the aftertaste, remaining in the mouth and on the tongue, mixing with the bread of the malts. Even so the lasting impression is the bitterness rather than the other flavors. Overall, a decent session beer, better balanced by far than the typical American so-called "session" ales, but while a decent attempt, it leaves a bit to be desired compared with the true English Bitter.

Apr 03, 2016
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Re-review 3/2/17, original score 3.73)

This beer pours a ruby red color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes very quickly into almost nothing. The aroma is malty with caramel, and some tea notes. The taste is much lighter than the aroma. There is some toast, a little caramel, and a hint of tea. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture. Overall, this is a decent beer at best. I can't see myself buying it again.

Mar 25, 2016
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing. Leaves a clean pallet while not being overpowering but still very flavorful. I taste orange peel and citrus. The fruit balances well with the hope and sweetness of toffee.

Mar 18, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a snifter, clear toffee and hardly any head. Nose is fairly faint, but a little caramel sweetness and a little toast. Taste: this is very good... nice warm crunchy toasty notes, some nuttiness, more mellow toffee...not much fruit. Mouthful is smooth, carb is medium, the toffee lingers but it isn't too sweet.

Nicely done! Happy to have another bitter around.

Aug 28, 2015
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 49 ratings