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Broad Ripple ESB Extra Special Bitter

Broad Ripple ESB Extra Special Bitter
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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
1991 Gold Medal Winner at GABF. Bitter is a traditional English pub draught. Extra Special defines a stronger maltier version. Our bitter is brewed using generous amounts of malt and kettle hops. This leaves the dinker with a hop aftertaste balanced with the sweetness of the malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6614) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Cask. Pours hazy orange, large beige creamy head, great lacing. Aroma of Noble hops, bread, faint grassy citrus, lemon. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, a bit sharp, Bready finish. Medium body. Solid for style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1371) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2015
A long time want, slayed. Cask pour at the brewpub, which is the only option, which I think is excellent. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a creamy, tight bubbled finger-plus of head that leaves some spotty foamy lace behind. Nose involves crusty sourdough bread, toasted malt, woody, earthy, and herbal hops. Somewhat sweet, decently biter. Medium bodied, creamy, soft carb, with a toasty herbal bitter finish. Not much to the aroma, and flavor wasn’t earth shattering, but if you’re talking about the perfect sustaining and quaffable pub brew, this is pretty much it. Congrats on the impending 25th anniversary, Broad Ripple!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Draft at the source. Clear golden amber color. Aroma of burnt caramel on toast. Taste is sweetish toasted caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drjohnrock (690) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Draft sampler from cask on March 23, 2014. Clear dark amber color, fairly firm roasted malt nose, OK firm malty flavor. Not as big a flavor as I expect from an ESB--would like to try this not on the cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (5756) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Tap at Broad Ripple. Unfiltered red-copper body. Creamy cask head. Leans into the amber malt and ringwood yeast. Nice cask mouthfeel, but a lackluster effort overall. Old school, just tolerable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (2280) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2014
The beers at this brew pub are very enjoyable. Oldest brew pub in Indiana. No head light aroma great taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Draft @ brewery. Sweet fruity toffee malt aroma. Slightly hazed copper with a large off-white head. Nutty caramel malt with a soft herbal bitter finish. Medium creamy body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (5952) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Draft: Cask....slightly coppery amber....creamy beige head. Nutty, toffee and tea aroma. Taste is nutty...tea-bitter. Earthy and creamy. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8054) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Cask to taster. Looks good for the style; a slightly cloudy bronze with fluffy eggshell head. Smells of dough and pale malt with some hop notes as well. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A decent example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (10589) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft. Grassy barley malt aroma. Amber with moderate head. Lightly sweet barley malt and lightly bitter dry grass flavor. Nice, easy drinking.

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