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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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LIMITED EDITION ALE - AVAILABLE FOR 90 DAYS ONLY APRIL TO JUNE

A medium bodied ale with caramel complexity and a crisp finish.

The telltale signs of Spring arrive in the Gorge as mountain bikers begin to replace snowboarders and the snow melt feeds the rivers as white water rafters and kayakers anticipate the first runs of the year. Flowers cover the mountain meadows and blooms fill the orchards in the valley. Our pub staff knows that our ESB will be just the right beer to welcome Spring in the Gorge. ESB is a traditional ale brewed with attention to balance, highlighting both malt and hops. A combination of crystal malts give this beer its orange hue, and caramel complexities. UK and US Challenger hops were used exclusively throughout. Aromas of dry caramel and herbs are followed by a malty, medium bodied palate finishing with caramel flavors and a crisp bitterness. ABV 6.5% IBU 35


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (2277) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 1, 2014
This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance has a hazy yet mostly transparent bronzed amber color. The head was about a finger and a half’s worth of white foaminess. There’s a light somewhat speckled lacing trying to show its face, but the head must last for at least a good minute before the lacing can actually be seen. The smell has a fairly decent light apple with a light vanilla and light English maltiness running about my nose in a powerful sort of way. The taste takes those previously mentioned flavors to balance with a slight bitterness very underneath (Fuggles hops, I think, I could be wrong, but I think that’s what they are). The aftertaste is very bitter and dry and has a decent crisp feel into the finish. On the palate, this one really wanted to sit at a light, but somehow showed a quality that wanted to sit at medium. Sessionable, kinda yeah, I could see it. The carbonation is really smooth if that helps. Overall, in my opinion, well, this was a fairly good ESB worthy of having again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
From bottle. Mild floral and biscuit notes, a bit dusty. Coppery-caramel amber clear with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts moderately sweet with biscuit and caramel, neutral hop bitterness to finish with light sweet after. Nice English bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1404) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Pours a thin head on a dark red colored body. The aroma is rich malt and caramel. Wonderful. The taste has a nice malt sweetness all the way through, broken up a little in the middle by some lemon bitterness. Great profile. The texture is soft with moderate carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MikeJslc (759) - USA - MAY 2, 2014
Copper, clear, off-white head. Aroma of biscuity and nutty malt, with some fruit. Flavor: grainy and biscuity malt, a little caramel, some herbal hops, a little apricot-like fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1201) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear red-brown with a light cinnamon head. Nose is oak, raisin, spice, savory notes, and a touch of balsamic vinegar. Malty on the front of the tongue, with bitterness close following; an ashy smokiness keeps the flavor tight and clean. The finish is crisp, deep, and with a smoky terminus. Quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
steez (26) - Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2014
I like to drink a new beer and guess what RB will have it ranked. I proclaimed this is an 80. Ran to the PC and discovered 90. As I worked through the 6 pack I discovered a nice funky finish to this beer. Nice and malty with a bit of hop. Quite a departure from all the IPAs out there. Man, am I sick of those. Would certainly buy again. 7.99 was a deal

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (833) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a long lasting, white, fluffy head. Aroma is of piney hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and smooth. Piney, earthy hops dominate the flavor, with caramel malt and some fruity esters in the background. Finish is long and hoppy. Overall it is good session brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3341) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle; nice ESB a bit more boisterous than most. Poured a rich amber like color with a small creamy khaki head. Aroma of fruit, caramel and a touch of herbs/grass. Flavor had a good dose of herbs and caramel, some sweetness and fruit. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
1/17/14. Bottle at PorterPounder’s place, if I recall. I was surprised I hadn’t rated this. Or perhaps a crappy old rating of mine got deleted. Oh well - here goes. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Plain but unoffensive on all fronts. Biscuit, caramel, doughy malts, touches of chocolate and nuttiness if you search for it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass A - Pours a clear copper with a dense off-white head S - Sweet bread, caramel, very sweet and bready, tangy fruit, apple, nutty yeasty, hints of alcohol, very British aroma. T - Hops upfront, grassy with a hint of citrus, caramel malt rushes in providing a full balanced sweetness, notes of toffee and toasted grain as well. Some weird artificial notes come up but are very faint. Hints of apple and creamy vanilla come in giving way to a strong tea tannin bitterness. Grassy and herbal hops sing into the finish. The finish pushes heavy tannins that linger on the palate long after. M - Low carbonation, medium full body, creamy feel with a tannin dry finish Great stab at the style. Nice homey caramel malts that showed grain notes with some fruit notions. Everything worked except for the hints of artificial flavors that faintly showed up. Very good but not quite what you’d find in the UK. I would pick up a six of this anytime. Serving type: bottle 09-27-2013


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