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Bath Ales Gem



  • Brewery: Bath Ales
  • Country: England
  • Style: Extra Special Bitter
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: K-Citymarket, 3.99€
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    Bath Ales Gem is an ESB with a funny-looking rabbit on the label. The marketing text on the label promises rich aroma of hops and malt, with a long, deep, bitter-sweet finish. The beer is brewed with Maris Otter pale malt, and hopped with Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops. Let’s see how it does!

    Bath Ales Gem
    The beer pours a very deep clear amber-brown color, with a thick tan head, that lasts a long while, collapsing with some lacing along the glass.
    The aroma is malt-dominated, with tones of biscuits, bread, caramel and honey. There are some tones of floral and herby hops in the background as well.
    The flavour is malty, with strong tones of caramel, toffee, biscuits, honey, raisins and fruits. Some herbal, grassy and spicy hop tones become present after a while, and the flavour ends in a quite sweet, and only slightly bitter finish.
    The beer has a medium body and a moderate carbonation level, and is (quite well) balanced towards the malty side of the spectrum.
    A good and drinkable beer, that is just a bit too much on the malty side for my taste. Could use a bit more hoppiness and bitterness for my taste, but this is still a good bitter.

    Thanks to Pia for buying me this!


    1. Thanks for the review – glad to see it’s travelled well. From the label it looks like you may have got hold of quite an old bottle! Gem is our leading brand, but we also do hoppier beers, including Wild Hare, which may be more to your taste. See our website for more info.

    2. Thanks for the comment! Will have to see if I can find the Wild Hare or any other of your beers here in Finland!

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