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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The first beer in the Brewer’s Share Series is "Extra Special Barney" (ESB) and was developed by our lead brewer, Barney Brennan. According to Barney, his ESB was inspired by two things; a perfect beer moment and the aromatic highlight of the 2007 hop selection in Yakima, a US Challenger hop. As Barney puts it, "I was sitting on the deck at the brewery overlooking the river in the sunshine - drinking a perfectly balanced bitter - already looking forward to the second pint. It was one of those great beer moments. Hopefully, my ESB will make one of those moments for someone else with its five different specialty malts and this one very special hop. We made it entirely with US Challenger hops including a pound per barrel dry hop because we wanted to share the aromatic experience we had at the Hop Rub in Yakima with our customers."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
videofrog (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
From notes, 2/27/12: Poured a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. "Enjoy By" is on the back of the label, but the stamp is no longer present. A: Really nice orange to reddish orange hue with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. S: Piney hops and sweet malt aromas. Slight fruity esters from yeast. T: Great balance of hops and malts. Piney and citrusy hop flavors up front with bready, grainy, and caramel malts. M: Slightly thin mouthfeel, but spot-on for what I’ve had of other examples of the style. O: This is my first Full Sail brew, and I enjoyed it. I like the ideas of single-hop beers for educational purposes, and the label indicated Challenger (UK) hops with 5 malts. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haggis03a3 (164) - Piedmont, California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Poured from tap at brewery. Orange/amber color and white head. Aroma is malty and fruity - apple. Flavor is the same with some hops coming through with a reasonable amount of bitterness. It is a well balanced english style ESB with more alcohol. Very good and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1188) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle from Kegs and Barrels. Pours a deep copper/amber with a thin white head. The aromas are dough, caramel, resin, butterscotch. The mouthfeel is dry, bready and has a medium to heavy body and medium carbonation. Great interpretation of the style. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Sampled on 2/27/2012. This Premium bitter pours an orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity, orange and sweet. A medium bodied bitter. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet, lots of orange and orange peel. The hops are complex, floral, piney and earthy. Good carbonation. Starts out kind of sweet and finishes dry and crisp. This is a bitter with a lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry with some earthiness and toffee. The Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (4623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Cloudy burnt orange with a nice thin white head with some decent lace. Caramalty aroma with some mild sweetness and gentle toffee. Basic ESB aroma. Taste is sweet toffee with some gentle and well placed lemon hop tone, and a bit of toasted caramalt. Ends sweet and toffee grainy, in a good way. The textbook ESB Ive been looking for, and I mean that in a compliment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Pours a beautiful orange color with a lingering pillowy head. Balanced is right. This is malty with a touch of hop but not sweetness. Getting a fruit note in the aroma and the taste which is also a bit creamy as well. Quite lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Pours a thick, glassy amber with a nose of rosy biscuits and old bread spiked with after-thought grapefruit. Flavor is hoppy and bready, with notes of rose, biscuit, grapefruit, and light toast. Average mouthfeel. I enjoyed drinking this beer. A great ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Bomber. Pours pale amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma is lots of earthy, lightly citrus English-style hops, some caramel, toffee, honey, light fruit flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Love me some English bitter, and this is a really good version of one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Poured into a perfect pint. 3.5 A: Mildly hazed dark orange color. A little over one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention doesn’t quite meet average, but a small ring of lacing is left. 4.5 S: Solidly malty with a deep toastiness. A touch of yeasty breadiness. Good caramel presence. Fairly simple, but really nice. 4.0 T: Like the nose, this has only a few flavors, but they are done really well. Caramel, lots of toast, malty sweetness. Light bready yeastiness. 4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Savory light chewiness. Super smooth. 4.0 D: Well made beer. No faults and great flavors. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-29-2012 08:01:52

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
A - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, nuttiness, fruity english yeast, and some citrus hops. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some nuttiness, citrus hops, and bitterness. Through the middle, some fruity english yeast comes through with a bit of floral hops and a bit more bitterness. The finish is a mix of fruity english yeast, caramel malts, nuttiness, and bit of hops. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a fruity and sweet finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice ESB with a bit of extra hops flavor.

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