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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Winner of a Bronze Medal in the World Beer Cup, Blue Point’s ESB is a traditional English style ale made with 2-row pale and English crystal malt. The malt of this full-bodied ale is balanced by copious amounts of English hops. Both Kent Goldings and Fuggles are used to impart a rich hop taste. Crack open a fresh jug of ESB, slice off a piece of tasty Gouda, sit back, and enjoy this unapologetic, mouth-puckering bitter handcrafted ale


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2007
At the brewery from the tap. Pours a mostly clear amber. There are some hops present in all aspects of this beer but are somewhat muted by a roasted malt flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2007
My one and only rating from BCTC ’07. Growler shared under the ratebeer tent, not sorry who brough it sorry. Pored a deep reddish/brown with a small head. Toasted malty aroma. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and a dry toasted flavor. Reminded me a lot of their Toasted Lager. Nice beer overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 24, 2007
Tap @ Blue Point: Poured a clear deep copper color with a thin off-white head. Caramel malt aroma with an earthy hop. The flavor was malty with notes of toffee and nuts. The finish had citrus notes and a mild bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3217) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2006
(cask @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark copper in color with a nice and lasting tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with some earth notes and a small amount of hops. Flavor begins with an initial flavor of caramel and malts but then quickly goes to a hoppy and bitter middle with a sweet and fruity aftertaste and some lingering bitterness from the hops. Excellent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2006
ohh very nice beer. Plastic sample cup at the brewery. Small head that quickly turns into lacing. Amber color and can see through it. Present aroma of light roastiness, very earthy and toasty. Nice malt in this puppy. Taste is moderately toasty sweet. Low but present bitterness at the end to round things off. Leaves a really fruity, sweet aftertaste. Really good level of carbontation allowing a proper enjoyment of this beer. This really might be the best beer Blue Point makes. I really recommend it. This also may be the best ESB I have every tried.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2006
Tap at the brewery. Deep amber beer. Thin off-white head. Nice spicy Golding aroma over sweet UK malts. Flavour is fairly sweet and toasty with enough spicy hops to balance it out. Fairly leafy tobaccoish aroma and flavour. Nicely balanced. Fresh hops/malts. Moderate bitterness with some light cherry fruitiness in back. Very good, authentic tasting ESB.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Had it at the brewery on 2/18/2006 and bought a jug. I like this beer. It is a dark beer that pours with a good head. There is a nice roasted bitter taste. A very good ESB, have to give props to Blue Point.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (3903) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Caramel, vanilla and dry-hopped aroma. hazy orange-brown, clingy white head. Melllow caramel, not overbittered. Moderate sweetness. Starchy mouth. Medium alcohol-bitter finish. Goes piney. Cask at David Copperfield’s in NYC. Enjoyable. Vanilla in there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waveman352 (178) - Glens Falls, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2005
growler from brewery 10/22/05. Pours a light brown color almost like a light coca-cola with a slight yellow tint. Fizzy body with no real head to be spoken of. Full bodied and no lacing. Light roast smell and maybe a fruity hint. When you first drink it it is originally sweet with some hop characters but then it ends slightly dry which allows in to have more character in my opinion. Good beer from Blue Point.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigrond (1443) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2005
not my cup of tea. Had it on tap at the brewery, very dark, hoppy and very bitter. Blue point has better things to offer


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