Amherst ESB
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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 160   ABV: 5.35%
Amber in color, medium body with very hoppy aroma and bitter finish. Dry hopped with Oregon Goldings.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4189) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Draft at brewpub. Pours brown and leaves some lacing in the glass. Picking up a slight caramel note on the nose. Some maltiness on the tongue. Getting some dryness on the finish so there’s some hops in there somewhere. Admittedly this is not a fave style so this one’s not doing much for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
Very hazy amber-brown pour with a tight creamy head. The nose is lightly fruit with a bit of orange peel and a little bit of berry esters. There is a bit of spicy hoppiness in the nose as well. The flavour shows a soft spiciness and a lingering, fairly pronounced, resinous hoppiness. Bitterness is apparent as is a touch of dry-hopping. UK-type caramel malts although the base grain seems to be domestic two-row, to it’s detriment. It’s a nice and fairly authentic ESB, but it doesn’t come across as well as it might have, had it used Maris Otter as the base.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
The second of the beers I’ve had at the Amherst Brewery and this was just as good as the Cascade was. Deep amber color topped with a thick head which left lots of lace. Aroma was slightly hoppy and bitter. Flavor was nice with lots of hops with some fruit and bitter notes mixed in. Hoppy and bitter at the end. I would recommend trying out this and some of the other beers the Amherst Brewery has to offer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2008
Pours a medium dark amber. I couldn’t get an aroma from the sampler glass that it was poured in. Malty and woodsy in the aroma. The bitterness is sharp and stands out in the taste. Expect a smooth yet lasting bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
On-tap at the brewery. Good ESB, dry-hopped with Goulding. There is grapefruit taste here too. A minimal aroma and a small head. Noticeable hoppy, and certainly in the European style, more balanced than their other hoppy beers. A smooth drinker

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Cold on tap: Pours a hazy medium amber color with a decent sized off-white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is of rich malts, flowers, citrus and wood with fruit notes. Taste is of rich malts and flowery hops with notes of wood, fruit and caramel notes. Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated. Ending has an elongated bitterness with notes of malt and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
sampled then had a full pint at the brewpub. Amber in color. Floral and grapefruit in the aroma as well as caramel malt. Taste is nice, with a good malt backbone. Alot of citrus and floral hops in the taste as well as tart fruit notes. Moderately bitter in the front, with a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. One of the best ESB’s I’ve ever had. Amherst definitely nailed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4046) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Numerous draughts between 2004-2006. This was routinely one of my favorite beers that ABC makes. A very aggressively hopped and full flavored ESB, this one could pack a punch without getting me too wasted. Even better on cask. Even though the beer wasn’t great, I miss ABC.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Poured a pretty amber color, some copper hues, the head was initially excellent with good retention. Lacing was fantastic, continuous foam coating the inside of the glass. Grapefruity aroma and flavor, noble hops in this ESB? This beer seemed like an IPA to me, and it was decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 13, 2006
(Draft at brewery, 08/2005). Really, a very tasty beer. Very much in the English tradition, you’re not gettin’ any of the big Pacific Northwest C’s here! Mellow, earthy aromas. Clear amber. Off white head. Earthy, nutty notes with an orangey kick (from the hops, maybe? reminds me of styrians ... ). Mellow, smooth, tofeeish character. Finishes slightly bitter with that orangey note again. On tap, so a bit spritzier than I would have imagined ... medium mouthfeel slightly lost to carbonation zing. Overall very pleasant.

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