Capitol City ESB
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (13021) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (20929) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
(02.03.06) On tap at Capitol City brewpub (Capitol Hill), Washington, D.C. Hazy amber hued ale having a large white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Sweet malty aroma. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and light hop flavor. Finishes with light hop bitterness. Well-balanced but with higher malt profile relative to hops. A very good drinkable session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1524) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Had this beer on tap in DC. Really nice for type, with plenty of hops. Dark Amber, modest head, and plenty of Malt up front.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2006
Draught at Capitol City, Downtown, DC. Hazy amber colour with a slim white head. Sweet caramel and hoppy aroma. Fruity and quite bitter taste. Medium to full bodied. Good ESB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewersspot (97) - , California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
I had this beer a while back and from what I can remember I enjoyed it. I’ve had this at the pub/brewery so it was fresh. Nothing special about it is popping into my head at the moment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2006
It was alright... fairly standard but unoffensive. Great for the bitter style though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Pours amber with a large white head. Decent lacing. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is the same with some apple, plum, and hops. A bit unbalanced, favoring malt, and a bit flat too. Could use some work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1468) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Draft. Copper color. Small head. Aroma of caramel malt. Light sweetness. Medium light bodied. Easy to drink. Sweet caramel flavors. Slight bitter finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Capitol Hill brewpub. Bright copper body with a sudsy white head. Mild, fruity malt aroma with some weak, earthy and spicy hops. Both toasted and tea-like malts in the flavor plus more hop character than in the aroma. Has a fruity, cooked apple quality that doesn’t exactly please me. Medium bitterness but the sweetness lasts, extending through the finish. Somewhat lackluster for an ESB.

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