Free State Big Sea ESB
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 45   ABV: -
Named for a poem by one-time Lawrence resident and Harlem Renaissance Poet Laureate, Langston Hughes, this classic British ESB features the citrusy, slightly grassy characters of East Kent Goldings and UK Fuggle hops. Fine British malts contribute the biscuit-like character of this fine Extra Special Bitter.
O.G. - 14.25/1.052
Hops - Nugget, East Kent Goldings, UK Fuggle

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at Free State. Pours an amber color with white head. Malt, bread aromas. Mostly caramel malts in the flavor. Not bad, but not too interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (5560) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Comes clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of malt, bread, and hops. Taste is caramel malt, bread, citrus, and pine. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Not a giant fan of this one. Aroma is buttery, with light hop notes. Light amber beer with thin white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap in August 2009. Pours an amber-copper color with a white head that quickly falls, leaving just a bit of lacing. The nose has some floral, pine, and hebal hops with a bit of light caramel malt. Taste is slightly hoppy but pretty plain. Fairly good feel and all around pretty good drinkability. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-11-2010

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Tap @ Free State. Deep amber color. Bready aroma. Flavor has a nice bread. Distant hop. Light and smooth. Lots of hops. Lingers on the palate. Nice citrus. Bold nutty cara malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Had on tap at the brewpub while visiting the university. I mainly remember it being a bit too dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
2007 vintage, draft at the brewery. Toasty, fruity and lightly roasty aroma, hints of cherry and grape Kool-Aid(!) as well as suggestions of tea, spice and floral sweetness. Medium-dark copper color with a slight, white head. Flavor profile is malty, toasty and bitter, with biscuity, bready, very faintly sweet malts and prominent spicy hop character and bitterness. Slight citrus on the finish, also drying considerably by the end. Some lingering red apple skin and earthiness. Thin on the palate and gently prickly, body is medium. A bit challenging, I have to say. Apparently this is the batch that won a 2007 GABF Bronze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KUEric (946) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Pint at the pub as they say. And guess what? Free state is good, nay great yet again. A nice light reddish colored beer under a simple head. The aroma was bready malts while the flavor had a slittly bitter finish. A great example of what an ESB should be like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Pint at the brewpub with csbosox and holdenn. Pour was deep red with some fiery yellow and orange hues. Not served with head. Both the aroma and flavor are what I’d be looking for if I were sitting in a pub in the UK. really big biscuity and bready malt character with fairly restrained hops until you get the a strong bitter finish. Medium body with pretty average carbonation and a dry finish. Free State has really been on a roll for me lately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (3597) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Pint pour @ brewpub. A clear amber beer with a sticky head. Aroma is astringent, spiky, light but icky sweet malts. Taste is similar with light cherry as well. Eh.

I had this again tonight, no astringency but just like a bland and blah ESB, there really isn’t another way to describe it.

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