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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrettTaylor (541) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2013
tasted at Brew Do - malt and alcohol on nose, bit of hop bitterness on finish; fairly nicely balanced


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (555) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap at the brewery. I really wanted to like this more, I am a sucker for British ales. The nose was malty and toffee, with some hops balancing but definitely in the background. Not exactly to style but not a bad beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1024) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Poured from can. Aroma of malt, ocean and soap. Good lookin mahogany with tan head. I taste caramel, nut, brown sugar, yeast and hop notes in back. Very drinkable. I expected more hop presence for this style, but itís a good example of an English pub ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dliberto (194) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Pours a dark copper/brown with a foamy off white head. Aroma consists of caramel, dark fruits, bread, and tobacco. Taste is much the same. As it warms it gets even better. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. Has a decent amount of lacing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4845) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Deep rich brown coloured body with hints of violet and ruby and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, malt, toffee and nuts - pungent. Medium-bodied; Strong rich malt body with some alcohol and earthy notes coupled with a nice bit of sugars and some light complexity near the end. Aftertaste shows some assertive maltiness with a little hop flavour and a lot of sweetness from caramel and toffee - nice. Overall, a nice and relatively pungent ESB with more a dark and deep flavour than most from this style. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 01-November-2014 for US$1,99 sampled in my hotel room here in New York, New York on 07-November-2014.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkinWell (290) - - OCT 19, 2014
Pours a reddish brown. Hints of caramel, brown sugar. Malts, cinnamon, bit of clove. An interesting ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2355) - New York, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Canned. Brownish pour white head. Malts and heavy caramel. Decent esb not much else here

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2301) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
aroma fades fast but brew is a real winner with peat and hop and fruit punch and vibrant small carbonation that stings a bit and leaves that malt for a reminder. satisfying yet you want another. vibrant caramel ivy warming finish that lingers pleasantly. could be even better with a tweak or two. impressive esb.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (768) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2014
12 ounce can. Copper color with a big foamy beige head. Caramel malt nose. A hint of brown sugar, as well. Sweet toasted malt flavor is smooth and nutty. More brown sugar and spicy hops. Some dried fruit in mid taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is cloying and sticky malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dagimp (741) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2014
From a can into a pilsner glass. Served at a wedding. Good choice. Nice and fresh. Too much alcohol for a normal esb but let's just call it an American esb. Few inches of white head dissipating into near nothing. Sweet bready aroma with some spice. Mouthfeel is heavy and carbonated. Neither too much so. Burin wouldn't want to make this a session beer. Taste is real nice. Total malts. Dark dank and sticky. As said before, a little too heavy for the style. But loads of flavor. Real good stuff! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Pours a deep mahogany with a foamy head that fully diminishes. The nose has some sourdough, caramel and light esters. Flavors are of caramel, melon, stone fruit, biscuit, toasted malt and a finish of nice balanced metallic, tannin-peppery bitters. The finish is absolutely divine, honestly, and paired with the lively mouth, smooth palate, well-balanced round body and easy drinkability, itís substantive and complex, yet super quaffable. Best brew by the brewery Iíve had so far, and well worth it. Great ESB!


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