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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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French Broad Brewery’s interpretation of the classic UK Extra Special Bitter. A bright copper color with a complex malt palate is complemented by traditional British hops, notably East Kent Golding. French Broad has made this classic public house session beer a cult classic with its skull and crossbones artwork.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2008
22 oz. bomber from Bruisin Ales on 6/14/08.

Clear orange pour under an off white head of medium size and durability, and showing some respectable lace. Aroma has lots of caramel, some grainy notes, and a slightly spicy background.

Medium bodyand carbonation, smooth, easy drinking, nothing objectionable on the palate. Sweet up front with toffee and caramel, soft bitterness comes on at the end to dry out the finish. All in all , reserved, yet drinkable, a solid session beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
From draught sample at French Broad. Light malty aroma with a bit of grassy hops and caramel or honey. Golden amber clear with no head. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Fairly dry ESB, needs a bit more malt. Nice hoppy finish but a bit acidic, maybe too much carbonation in there.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barcia (3) - USA - MAY 5, 2008 does not count
Nice alternative to doing a super trendy pale ale. Smells bready with a little dark fruit. Taste nice and clean with a big hop finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2821) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
Pint at Tylers in Apex. Good aroma, sweet bitter. grassy, caramel, apple. Clean brownish orange color, good head that fade quickly. Faded quick. Ok lacing. Bitter flavor, like aroma, with a bit of a nutty biscuity addition. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice bitter easy to drink. Like this one for the flavor for a lower alcohol brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Copper pour, nice and biscuity hop/malt profile. Bitter (as it should be). Re-rate: shared over lunch outside with my wife and daughter on Valentine’s Day. This is a perfect lunch beer on a cool day. Nice and refreshingly bitter, with not too much alcohol.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
emacgee (4209) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Had this on tap at the Bean and Barrel. Glad they let me try a small sample. This stuff was no good. Very astringent and overly waxy bitter. Some weird flavors too.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2008
I did not think of this as an ESB at all, this came across more like a pale ale using English hops to me. Just average bitterness, slightly unbalanced, going back and forth from sweet to sour. Nothing special

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Draft at Barley’s Tap in Knoxville. Poured a clear dark amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Good hoppy sour citrus aroma. Medium body. Moderate bitter hoppy citrus flavor with a medium bitter finish of average duration.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/13/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Barley’s, Asheville, NC

hazy light amber, thin fine cream head, light malt aroma, mild malt flavor with a lingering bitterness, touch of sweetness, a fine session esb

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: *4
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5312) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2007
A slightly off amber pour with an off white head. A bit of maltiness and an esb finish. A very dry offering. The malt in this surprises me some. A medium bodied beer with very good carbonation for the style. A very refreshing drinker. I was a bit surprised.


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