Bitter And Twisted | Galbraith's Alehouse

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Galbraith's Alehouse
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 09-03-2006

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Reviews:
6
Ratings:
9
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 9
Photo of dgilks
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very sweet nose with lots of toffee. A touch of fruitiness too.

Clear copper colour with a moderate off-white head. Decent retention.

Very, very sweet with a toasted dark toffee flavour. A hint of fruitiness but the sweetness masks almost everything else.

Almost grainy in texture with a medium body and low carbonation.

If I wanted a dessert, this would be the beer. Rich and sweet it ticks all of those boxes but it lacks a touch of finesse and could be drier.

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Photo of soju6
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served a brownish amber color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, caramel with bit of fruit and nut in the background.

T: Taste of malt, some carmel sweetness and a bit of nuts. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly full body, smooth and quite creamy, nicely balanced.

O: Best of the bitters that they serve. Good stuff that hit the spot.

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Photo of crusian
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask, so, filled to the top with almost no head with a tiny ring around the outside. Clear amber color.
Smell is all caramel malt. Can't swirl for more nose, so, take a sip. Taste, all caramel malt with a hint of a bitter finish. A hint of fruitiness in the middle, but that's trying to find something. Traditional boring British esb. Nothing more to say really.

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Photo of femALEist
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on cask! This puppy poured a clear orange teak color. I smelled candied malts, roasted plums, raisins and citrus and pine. It tasted pretty much the same as the nose just a tad lighter. It tasted not as bitter as I would have expected for an ESB.

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Photo of lamarr04
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 55 degrees F in a nonic pint glass.

A: Brown with heavy red tones and persistent creamy off white one inch head. Beer coats the glass as level recedes.

S: Toasty malt. caramelized and sweet. smells like skull splitter.

T: Toasty and firm malt sweetness with a noticeable but gently perceived bitterness that adds a nice balance.

M: Smooth with mild cask conditioned carbonation.

D: I'm finding these cask conditioned ales to be quite drinkable. Who knew that warm flat beer could be so delicious.

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Photo of hbis2gut
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap from a hand pump. This ESB was served at the right temperature in a proper glass which gets my notice quickly. A nice nose on this beer. It's floral, not citrus-like. Color was a deep amber, bordering on a maple syrup hue. A creamy off-white head.

Considering the fact that New Zealand seems to have an aversion to hoppy beers, this one is nicely balanced. It's initially sweet, but allowing it to linger for a bit brings the hop bitterness and flavor coming through. Probably the best effort of all the beers I tried at Galbraiths.

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Bitter And Twisted from Galbraith's Alehouse
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