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RATINGS: 202   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerbewa (206) - - SEP 14, 2012
Pours a drop burnt orange amber color. Tastes similar to an amber ale. Drinking out of bottle from holmes. Not a bad beer but not stellar.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3450) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a light amber with a very small head. I don’t get a lot of smell off this one. Awfully malty, which is really not my favorite flavor. Not a bad brew, just not all that great.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Draft at the source. Clear amber color. Aroma of black pepper, straw. Taste is peppery caramel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2012
22 oz bottle - Clear orange with minimal white head. Hay aroma. Maybe a little bread. This has a nice aftertaste. Overall a solid ESB. I’d probably have 2 at a pub. I wouldn’t buy a keg of it, though.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
magsinva (860) - Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Tap @ ruby’s BBQ - pours a dark clear orange. Aroma is malty. Taste is bitter, finishes dry. Overall, not my favorite style but this is OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnealc31 (249) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Pours a hazy burnt orange with a sticky beige head. Smells of butterscotch and toasted bread. Toasted malt dominates the palate with hints of orange and butterscotch. Citrusy hops are noticeable, but not overpowering, in the finish, which is long, dry, and a tad bitter, but pleasantly so. It’s a little oily and slick in the mouth, but that dry finish is a nice contrast. Overall, it’s a very solid beer. Plenty of flavor, good balance, nothing overpowering. Fun lacing, too.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PaperKnife (82) - - MAY 28, 2012
Draft at the tasting room. Copper, small, thin, almost absent head. Aroma is grassy and biscuity. Biscuit, malt, dry and grassy bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this bottle. The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of citrus, with some orange and lemon notes. There is also a strong biscuit malt component. The flavor is fairly malt heavy, with both biscuit and toffee. There is also some bitter orange character and a little bit of bitterness. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10692) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 11, 2012
Bomber from Bruisin Ales. Pours clear copper with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aroma of mild roast malt with some herby/floral hop. About med body. Flavor is mild roast caramel and some herby/floral hop. It is most definitely bitter in the finish. Maybe a bit more bitter than our cousins would enjoy, but perhaps not. I’m betting this would be superb in a cask version.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2012
Draft at the brewery. Poured copper with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma and flavor were mildly hoppy and lots of caramel malt. Didn’t think the hops smelt/tasted enough of Golding/fuggles, and the caramel was a little one-note. Overall, a bit bland and thin but certainly drinkable.


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