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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8247) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft at the brewery during RBWG. Pours a clear orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bread, grains, mild caramel/toffee notes with some mild fruity character, light resin and earth. Mild bitterness to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshharris (9) - St. Peters, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2014 does not count
Poured from 22 oz bottle. Pours a dark gold. Thin white lace finish. I definitely pick up the caramel in the aroma, as well as the taste. A pretty good beer. Will drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (13271) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle with Yanick. Pours copper gold with white head. Nose and taste of toasted bread, spicy yeast, light fruit and malty earth. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (3621) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2014
@ Whole Foods Market / Asheville NC --- Dark amber with a thin film head cover, wide streaks of lace. Malt and sorghum open this, adding carbonation and burnt toast in the palate before yielding to solid floral hops in the finish. A little heavy in the stomach, especially for 5.2% abv. Drinkable, not memorable or satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Taster on tap at Barley’s during RBWG 2014. Clear burnt orange color. Thin off-white head. Good thicker lace. Light to medium body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Nice caramel, lightly rich nutty malt, very nice english-style malt profile. Moderate bitter, more sweet taste. Nice balance. Nice light tropical fruit notes. Tasty, balanced ESB, with nice American influences.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6216) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
From a bomber I bought at the brewery. Clear amber with a nice beige head that becomes blotchy. A little carbonation floats up. A bready malted aroma is very much to style. The flavor is also quite malty with that bread, grains, and toffee. Hops are light, as they should be. Bitterness and fruit are tasted from them. The yeast gives a cleanness to this beer that is akin to a lager. This is to style and is nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (17469) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
Draft at the brewery taproom during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Pours clear gold with a foamy, white head. Tasty little ESB, does the style justice. Light toasted malts, brown bread. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Further basic, bready malts to finish with light pine needle bitterness. Relatively clean and very drinkable. Good effort.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
[ Tap ][ French Broad ][ 4oz ][ Taster ][ Free ][ 2/7/14 ]
>> Clear, highly carbonated orange. Good, off-white creamy foam. Nose is muted, sweet honey, cherry juice box, sugar, mild vegetal DMS. Taste is lemon acid, paper, tart, icky. Can’t get down with these beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Taster at the brewery (RBWG). Maltier than expected. Caramel heavy flavor with some wheaty, grainy notes. Nice noble hops presense.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2983) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at French Broad. Pours a copper color with white head. Grainy, malty, earthy, slight bitter flavors.

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