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Capitol City ESB
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Light/medium bodied, orange in color, unfiltered ale. Brewed with a touch of caramel malt and balanced with two types of English hops. This ale is an example of an English Pale ale, smooth and very drinkable. 4.5 % ABV


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (17183) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
Draft @ the Capital Hill location. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with citrus hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Draught at the brewpub, downtown
Cloudy amber color. Aroma of sugar. Some caramel and sugar flavor, with a strong bitterness; long final. Not impressive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (12951) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Draft. Clear deep amber color, thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma of biscuit, subtle white peper. Taste is black pepper, honey covered homemade biscuits fresh from the oven. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11583) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 (Shirlington, 3/18/07, cask) No notes taken, just a reflection that this beer is every bit as good as I remember it. Lots of caramel/toffee combined with good floral hoppiness. (8/4/8/4/16)

(Shirlington, 12/24/04) Cloudy amber body with beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, earthy, some pepper. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, earthy, some spice, pepper. Medium bitterness. Dryish earthy finish with light herbal. Light-medium body with some creaminess. Nothing amazing, but a wonderfully balanced beer. (7/4/9/4/17)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 A reddish amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, faint caramel malt with faint hops. In mouth, a light crisp malt over timid British hops, not bad, but nothing exceptional. On tap at Shirlington location, April 12 2011.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Tap at Capitol City - Capitol Hill. Pours hazy copper with a medium, creamy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie), heavy hops (herbal, woody), and average esters (apple/pear). Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie), heavy hops (herbal, woody), and average esters (apple/pear). Light body, low warmth and creaminess, medium carbonation and a dry finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8678) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Dry-hopped cask at the Shirlington location. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized creamy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of big citrus hops with mild toasted caramel malts. The taste is bitter herbal, citrus hops and faint caramel malts. Medium bodied, overwhelmed by the hopping sadly.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (6826) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Tap at the Shirlington location. Hazy orange pour with a spotty white head. Caramel malts, dusty and earthy. Okay.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5083) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Had this on tap at the Capitol City Midtown location. Served in a pint glass with a creamy, foamy slightly beige head. Body is hazy, amber with yellow hues. Fairly standard aroma, lemons and oranges with a bit of mass produced bread. Flavor was very bitter, obviously, with lemons and oranges, a little bread east and some light fruits. Finish is watery which was a bit of a turn off since there wasn’t much mouth puckering bitterness. Average, drinkable but unremarkable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (4062) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Location: Draft Postal Building Location - From the sampler glass 3/7/09.

Aroma: Sweet, caramel, bread
Appearance: Hazy amber color
Flavor: Sweet and smooth
Palate: Medium body, nice balance, malty, decently long finish
Overall Impression: This one was alright, not a standard ESB necessarily, but a nice drinkable beer, not totally distinguishing.


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