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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The music of The Steel Wheels and the beer from Blue Mountain are both original and handcrafted, with inspired Americana flavors from the heart of Virginia. Our collaboration E.S.B. draws from the past with British crystal malts and Scottish yeast, but uses American hops to put our own stamp on the creation. Like this beer, The Steel Wheels draw you in from the first sip...not because their music is loud or in your face, but because itís surprising and original, and because its inspirations - a story, a character, a memory - have been brewed with just the right ingredients. Take time to drink slowly and listen truly. Wherever you are, get ready to sing along, to harmonize. Maybe even get up and dance.

Hear The Steel Wheels at www.thesteelwheels.com, or meet them soon at a show to hear the music as they love to share it: live, kickiní and real.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Aromas of grape candy, oranges, and some caramel. Clear, reddish-amber, with a moderately retaining, white head. Lightly sweet, nutty flavors balanced by floral, hop bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a fruity, bitter finish.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jkwood04 (3804) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2014
12oz can. Looks amber/golden. Aroma of pale and light caramel malts, bread and toast, and some light hops. Flavor the same. Average to lighter texture. Not the best beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3668) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Can: Tea and bread crust nose. Dark copper, thick yellow head, good lacing. Bread crust flavor finishing with a wisp of smoke. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nicely done. Iíve had this before but never remembered to rate it. It gets better every time Iíve tried it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4751) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Can into a pint glass. Nose sweet caramel and toffee, earthy with red fruit and light spice. Pours clear amber-copper with a fizzy tan head. Taste lightly sweet, lightly bitter (sweetness wins out but the balance doesnít seem too far tilted), good malt in a thin and watery body, toffee with prune and raisin character in the middle and red fruits and berries, touch of spice from the yeast and good use of crystal malts without overdoing it. Honestly, a really pleasant American interpretation without forcing the Americanisms (extra bitter, super citrusy hops, boozy, etc.), just sweet and malty and repeatable (also works as a contemplative sipper!). Iíd love to go back and pick up a six-pack.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2552) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2014
12oz can from Pace High Carryout. Amber pour with an off-white head that leaves a slight ring. Aroma is caramel and earthy. Tastes are caramel, apple, citrus, biscuity, tea, toasted malt, yeasty. Quite like the taste, but the palate left me hanging a bit - low carbonation, slick, little watery. Overall good though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (547) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2014
12oz can. Pours a deep clear red amber with a medium long lasting thick beige head. Toasted caramel malt, grains, yeast and bready notes fill the nose, with some fruity notes and mild hops bitterness. A medium body with moderate carbonation, and mild sticky mouth feel on the palate. The finish is a combination of sweet toasted caramel malt, yeast fruity notes and mild bitterness on the end for balance. A very well made, balanced and tasty brew. drink some.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6032) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
12oz can, Iím pretty sure I got this from Perfect Pour. Sticker on the bottom reads 03/2014. Amber-red color. Thin ring of off-white head. Some dots of lace. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Medium body. Caramel malt, some toasty malt. Some orange citrus. Lightly spicy. Moderate bitter taste. Light spicy sweet. OK ESB. A little metallic, bitter, and abrupt, but not bad. Probably better fresh. A lot of bitter orange peel in the flavor, right now.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (3674) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pretty good showing for style. Pours orangish brown with good head and lacing. Good balance, nice crisp malt. Good mix overall of elements. Tap at RFD in Chinatown.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (3974) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2014
From a can, no visible co2. Sweeter smell. Brownish orange. Scummy head. First taste hides alky well. Not as cloying as the aroma would indicate. Grows a little malty bitter during the session. Very fine light co2 on the palate but for the most part, kindah flat. Yes, malty without hardly any hops. Has a medium medicinal finish at the end of the can. Not sure if Iíd drink another.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HellesBunny666 (151) - Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Malty. Caramel. Herbal. Smooth and silky, really well balanced. Light caramel notes, light body, lingering traces of bitterness, in a good way. Super easy to drink, better than I remember from the bottle version.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2014
From a bottle poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Light hoppy malty flavor with a quick finish.


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