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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Patrick's Pick Extra Special Bitter Review

Patrick's Pick comes from Trafalgar Ales & Meads from Oakville, Ontario and retails for the low price of $3.95. Before you say that you can get cheaper beer, consider the size of this - 650 mL, almost twice the size of a regular beer. I love bitters so when I saw this, I just had to pick a bottle and try it as soon as I got home.

The beer is deep amber with red hues and a touch hazy. It pours with no head and has a very bold aroma, which is just a touch sweet with some hops and tropical fruits. Yes, tropical fruits - mostly pineapple and something else I cannot quite put my finger on. There is also some grassiness, which gives the aroma a bit of pungency. Not a deal breaker, but something that jumped out. The taste is hoppy and very different from the aroma. Bold and bitter hops start you off and eventually give way to some dried fruit sweetness and a bit of caramel and roasted malt. The finish is where the aroma meets the taste. The beer ends on a note similar to its start - some hops and tropical fruits with some grassiness. Overall this is not a ground breaking beer, but just a very decent one, great for drinking many of or just for sipping.

Cost - $3.95 for a 650 mL bottle
Taste - 7.8/10
ABV - 5%

Overall - 7.8/10...pretty decent ESB with an affordable price tag

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