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RATINGS: 41   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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigrond (1499) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6876) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 3, 2004
on cask at dba. orange rind aroma. surprisingly sharply tangy and bitter, light caramel, slightly hard texture

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2004
On tap at David Copperfield’s. Poured an opaque orange/red amber with minimal hops in the aroma and some citrus. Taste opened up with some spice and bitterness with some citrus flavors as well with more spice coming in near the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Tap at The Brazen Head (Brooklyn). More bitter than an English ESB, like Fuller’s, so watch out for that. Pleasant, rich malt body, but expect an Amber Ale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 Clear copper color with a foamy tan head. Aroma was a nice bitter . Taste was everything you want out of an ESB with roasted maltiness and mellow hop bitterness. True to style, so to speak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1222) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Deep amber body with a decent-sized tan head. Wonderful light citrusy aroma. Subtle hoppy flavor, dry and bitter balanced by a sweet maltiness. Good!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Right out of a growler, Mark Bruford, the brewer brought. Poured red as a penny, nice thick head on top. Head lasted good, lace was impressive. Notes of roasted barley, sweet malt and then bam. Hops. This was a good ESB. Drank several more glasses before I could move on. Highly drinkable. When in New York area, get your hands on this.!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Growler. This is the type of ESB that reminds me of Troegs ESB, which I loved so much. It is a nice deep clear amber color with a great head. Aroma is of hops hops and more hops- probably some willamette. Flavor is of nice caramel malt and spicy/ yet subdues hops, while the finish is smooth and leaves a little bitter bite. My new favorite ESB since Troegs has discontinued its ESB- Although I heard a rumor it may come back in limited quantities.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Hmmmm.....Yummy - a very good beer indeed. Extremely well-balanced with strong hops, mild malts and a general overall earthiness. Perfectly smooth, and refreshing. Not too much of a bite in the finish. Slightly woody and fruity aroma.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4962) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 [note - if you are not getting this beer fresh from the brewery, then you are not "getting this beer" - it just keeps getting freakin’ better - a world class session bitter if I’ve ever had one - get it from the source...right now!] [growler] Mmmm, good beer - copper/amber body with a thick, frothy head that clings to the glass - huge hop aroma, with some hints of fruit - the aroma sets up the flavor well - lots of hops with hints of malty, fruity sweetness (mostly strawberry) that weaves itself perfectly into the hop character - nearly perfect balance of malt and hops in the finish - this sample was not thin-bodied at all - the best Blue Point I’ve tried so far.


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