Free State Janes ESB
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   ABV: -
E.S.B. is brewed to about the strength of Copperhead with a color almost as deep as the John Brown Ale. We used Pale Ale Malt, Caramel Malt, Special B malt and a little Roasted Barley to give this beer a firm malt foundation. The Hop level is towards the high end, nearly equaling that of the Copperhead. For a fine hop flavor and aroma we used only English East Kent Goldings hops from start to finish. Hop aroma is moderate and this beer was not dry-hopped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Very nice tatse of hops in this ESB. Finish is very smooth. The here is very good to and goes well with the beers!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2003
This is a fine beer, but as the commercial description implies, this really is not that different from Copperhead. A bit too citric in character to be a proper English ESB. BTW, the hops recipe has changed: They use Fuggles and Horizon hops now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2003
I don't like the sour edge this one seemed to have. It goes beyond bitter and tart, into the nether regions of sour. I like the Copperhead more, the hops in that brew seem to be better balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2002
Mahogany/dark amber color. Filtered. Nice carbonation, a slight yet uneven head and some rather thick lacing. The aroma is very slightly fruity, but is mostly hoppy. I believe the recipe for this brew has changed slightly, as in the description above it is stated that only E. Kent Goldings are used, whereas on the menu last night the mix was noted to be Goldings, Fuggles, and Victory. Anyhoo, there is a certain caramel sweetness to this beer, along with the same slight fruitiness found in the aroma. This beer has great balance. The hoppy flavors come in right at the right time. Medium-bodied beer. Finish is quite smooth, with a slightly spicy aftertaste. O.G. - 1058, 50 IBUs.

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