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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Malty and hoppy aroma, deep amber brown with reddish tiny, very fine head that clings to glass, medium weight smooth mouthfeel, malty and caramel to start, but strong follow of bitterness, not necessarily hops. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVHouseofBeer (929) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Overall not a spectacular beer but solid. Good aromas of bread, caramel and just a hint of hops. Flavors are more of the same with some bitterness. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle. Nose is sweet and fruity, firm crystal above lighter caramel. Pours a pretty amber with very slow carbonation and a short off-white head. Taste is strongly bitter with faint mineral and medium-strong fruit; very crisp fullish body with full toffee, earth, some scorched/burned notes; lightly nutty with equal butterscotch. Finish is drier but the buttery/-scotchy flavors linger (along with what feels like Burtonization), there’s some moderate malt complexity here even, hard crystal included. Flavor/aroma-wise, hops are low and on the danker/herbal side, but match well until the woody/rubbery character is all that remains. A little too bold and disparate, too fresh and unmelded, but certainly good enough. In the long run, a bit heavy and filling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrettTaylor (636) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Drank from bottle, so little info on appearance. Aroma - malty, slightly bitter notes. Taste - initially sweetly malty, then nice hop bitterness. Well balanced and nice alone or with food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1798) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle->nonic. Dark copper with big frothy offwhite head. Grains and malt. Moderate bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (862) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours amber-copper with small head and lace. Aroma of rich grains and malts. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich grains, malts, caramel, straw hops, minerals, roasty malts. Overall rich, bold, flavorful with some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (2676) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3806) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1644) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MikeJslc (767) - 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.

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