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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Our well rounded approach to the classic British ale. There’s middle of the road, and then there’s middle of the river, and if there’s one thing that’s important in the middle of the river, it’s balance.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1979) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bent Paddle does it again. Pours a hazy amber with cool spotted head. Lots of citrus on the nose, nice malt backbone, could slay a 6er of this no problem..


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (3091) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
Thanks CV for this. Amber body. citrus and pine aroma. Quite nice. Semi bitter taste. Well balanced. Nice flavourful esb. Impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4230) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2015
12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 11/8/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon, orange, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon, orange, light pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral. grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Americanized ESB style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. This had a great balance between English and American hop flavors; and still fit the base style extremely well. A very enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (1022) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2015
On nitro at Acadia in Minneapolis. A decent ESB, light caramel and biscuit notes. Not sure how much of this was the nitro, but was very light bodied, almost watery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Can. Pours a clear amber body with a one finger frothy off-white head. The nose is lightly floral hops, light caramel, some crystal malt, and a little huskiness. The flavor is pretty standard for the style, lightly sweet and a bit husky with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Light and easy drinking with soft minimal carbonation. Not the most exciting of beers, but that’s about what you get with the style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2015
12 oz. can. Pours copper with a frothy soapy off white khaki head that fades to a soapy film and subtle lacing. Aroma is mild spice and bitterness with nice caramel malt little vanilla nuts and roastiness. Taste is soft toffee and caramel roasted malt faint bitter hops showing and soft spice. Palate is medium light creaminess. Really like!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (10564) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2015
Minimally hoppy beer, on tap at The Happy Gnome. OK drinkability. Lighter than average mouthfeel. Just OK.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarleyFife (9) - - JUN 23, 2015 does not count
ESB from the north country. A nice break from IPA world, this ESB is well hopped but not out of sync with its English roots.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eruizgarcia (287) - - MAY 8, 2015
Very pleasant and well balanced. Easy to drink and good in any occasion. Mild roasty malt aroma. Can be refreshing yet work fireside. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (2042) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2015
On tap at bent paddle taproom, pours a clear copper with a medium khaki head. Dry caramel and toffee malt aroma. Light citrus hop and bitterness into dry caramel and toffee malt. Pleasent and drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (436) - Minneapolis, - FEB 28, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2015 Copper in color with off white/light khaki head. Drinks easy enough and I like to try local beers. OK. Edit: had this again and really enjoyed it. Maybe time of year? Light hops, good balance, very drinkable.


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