Blue Point Extra Special Bitter
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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Winner of a Bronze Medal in the World Beer Cup, Blue Pointís 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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (5732) - 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 freakiní better - a world class session bitter if Iíve 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 Iíve tried so far.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3590) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Growler from beer store. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, ripe cherries. Flavor a perfect blend of distinct sweet, bitter, and lightly tart points, earthy. Semi-dry, clean finish. Endlessly drinkable. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2008
lots of c hops in this beer tasted really good balanced well the hops and malts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BellsFan (49) - Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Cask at Ginger Man in CT. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Pours a maroon color with a fresh hoppy aroma. Taste as you would expect is bitter but its not over the top- the smooth palate balances out. Aftertaste is bitter, most likely my favorite from Blue Point.

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