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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
The national drink of England is an ale called "Bitter," designated as "Ordinary," "Best" and "Extra Special Bitter," or ESB, depending on its body and strength. Our version is coppery red and medium-bodied. Its tangy hop character is nicely balanced by the biscuit-like flavor of specially roasted barley malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUN 6, 2003
12 oz. bottle. Poured out a darker shade of a hazy copper color. Cloudy appearance to it. Smells of caramel, hops, and malts. Actually smells just like Bigfoot ale. Tastes very smooth, with a nice malt beginning to it. Has that classic Centennial hops bite to it as well. Finishes smooth, with a caramel aftertaste to it. A pretty good beer, all in all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4/13/03: bottle.
medium amber-brown color. honey nose. pretty active with honey and malt flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Quite malty and more bitter than an English Bitter. More like a US amber ale. Plenty of malt, but they get lost behind the hop assault. Why do I buy these beers?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2003
Poured a red body with a white head that quickly diminshes. No lacing.
Very hoppy aroma with an underwhelming malt presence.
'Biscuit-like' quality is there in the flavor with an almost IPA level hoppiness. Very strange combination of color, malt and hops that comes together nicely.
A bit of a chalky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Good flavor, very hoppy for a good ESB representation. Sweet for a red, better than red ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2003
sweet, very drinkable esb. the mild fruit flavor added a nice touch. not sure i've every had red esb... but i might consider another

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Deep copper colored with significant floral hop and malt tones in the aroma. Thick malt flavor contributes to a caramely full body that finishes with mellow, not overly-assertive hop bitterness. A fine ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Aroma is fairly malty, with some caramel and dark fruit notes. More malty than most called ESB. Bready flavors dominating and framed by dark fruit malts. Pleasant and well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2002
A nice ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 This beer rocks. Same beer as Crooked River ESB. Same facilities, same ingredients, same recipe, slightly different bottle and different label. The aroma is moderately malty and hoppy. Strong nose, alcohol and cocoa come through. The color is a perfect, sparkling copper. The flavor is heavily malty with milk chocolate notes (yum) and pretty well hopped. Almost perfectly balanced, although just a hair on the bitter side of the fence. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. The finish is crisp, lightly bitter and dry. Excellent, malty brew. World class!

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