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Flying Fish ESB Amber Ale

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
This ESB is a classic British extra special bitter made fresh with an American slant. A beautiful copper color with an amber head, this classic style features five different malts, including imported English malts, and three hop varieties. The rich malty start features caramel notes that develop into a smooth, pleasurable hop finish.

Malts: Two-Row Pale, Munich, Aromatic, and English Medium Crystal
Hops: Columbus, Fuggles, UK Kent Goldings
Yeast: Chico
Original Gravity: 14.3 Plato

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leafs93 (2109) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Pours burnt orange with a white head. Aroma is caramel, florals and toast. Taste is sweet with a light bitter finish. Light mouthfeel makes this easy to drink. Overall this is good for sessions as it is not to complex but has enough going on to make it interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5649) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Barley malt nose with honey accents. Clear amber, medium head. Drinks like it smells, but with more a honey presence.Dried leaves also prominent. I wasnít sure I smelled honey, but the palate confirms it. Pretty nicely done and is exactly what one would expect from an American amber ESB. Better than an ordinary amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Light copper body with a white head. Sweet aroma with some hops faintly in the background. Mild malty, sweet flavor. Mild dry, malt finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Not a bad beer, just a typical Flying Fish product that lacks any biteto it. Drinkable, weak for an amber ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2011
You can definitely see similarities in these Flying Fish beers when sampled at one seating. This one isnít too bad although I canít say I thought it was too good either. Wet leaves, cardboard, light citrus, caramel, but honestly not much of an aroma. Murky brown color with a thin head that doesnít stick around at all. The flavor shows a toasted caramel with some fruity hops. Light bitterness in the finish. Itís simple but drinkable enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14084) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle from Oak Tree. Pours amber with a creamy/bubbly beige head. Aroma of burnished malt, floral, and perhaps a hint of diacetyl. Perhaps. Med body. Flavor is malt, floral hop, and something suggesting butterscotch. It is certainly more bitter than not. Nothing really wrong here, it just doesnít make any strong statements.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours a cloudy medium copper with a light white head that only rises about a finger but is gone right away. Lacing is ok. The aroma is super sweet with lots of apricots, and a little notes of toffee and nuttiness. This beer is actually pretty complex. It starts off pretty sweet, a big hit of candied sugar, like a Belgian. Then a hint of tye. After the sugar its pretty dead, then as you awallow you get a slight bitter finish. The feel is ok, a little on the light side without much on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Pours cloudy amber with a two finger wide white head. Fairly good lacing and well carbonated. Aroma is of caramel, honey, and slight citrus/hops. Flavor is much more hoppy than the aroma, slight sweetness in the finish. Light bodied, dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Fredericksburg, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a thin tan head that disappears very quickly. Aroma of caramel, toffee, earthy hops and a faint bit of toastiness. The taste is bitter hops, green apple, citrus, apricots, caramel, a faint bit ot toastiness and wet paper. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Bottle pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, grainy, and somewhat vegetal with notes of honey, caramel/pale, hay. Flavor shows the same with a hint of cardboard.

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