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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle:   Amber, faint copper hue, moderate sudsy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Slight biscuity nose, touch of fruitiness.   Very fruity up front, a little mealy and biscuity.   Not as crisp as I would have hoped.   Backside shows a lot of mealiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   A little ashy on the exit.   Lingering biscuit and mealy maltiness.   This one really needs to be a touch sweeter and brighter.   Can do without the mealiness too.   Tiz okay, but not the stuff I remember drinking when I was a wee lad.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6215) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - Mahan - 12 oz bottle. Sparkling copper pour, soft white head, thin coat of lacing. Aroma has a hint of vanilla and wort, a touch of allspice. Flavor has a nice underlying subtle bitterness, with some light citrus, a touch of caramel sweetness, some vanilla undertones, a touch of nuttiness. Solid, nice textured mouthfeel. Surprise find at a Publix.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5931) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

I assume this is the correct place to rate this. The ABV on my label is listed at 6.5. This is the one from the Pub Series in the 12 ounce bottle with the orange label. On the website it is listed as different beer than the 6.5 percent ESB in the Brewer’s Share series.

Medium amber with a white head. Aroma is toffee with a bit of floral hops and dark fruit. Flavor is full of floral and candy hops, as well as some toffee and biscuit malt. There is a nice mix of sweetness and bitterness, exactly as I expect in an ESB. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5352) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
12 ounce bottle - clear light amber pour - aroma of bready maltiness, floral and earthy hops, a slight metallic note - medium full carbonation in the mouth - flavor is initially dry, a little Biscuity - mostly dry throughout, and quite bitter, particularly in the finish - hops are a bit sharp - some light caramel sweetness tries to balance in the finish, but it is not enough - some alcohol evident in the finish as well - I enjoy the dry, earthy malt profile, but there are some rough elements that make it less enjoyable than it could be.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5242) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4655) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Mellow, buffered/muted cereal malt aroma - not bad, not rich. Bad label, standard US longneck, clear dark maple brown; impressive, floofy tan head - a mix of large and small bubbles. Sweetish up front, woody bitterness on the tail end. This just isn’t that complex, nor does it have the hallmarks that I’m looking for in a good ESB - be it Brit or US. A high palate bitterness is prominent in the finish. Drinkable, but not special. Thanks to PorterPounder who noticed that I’d been passing this by.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4512) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle. Amber in color thin, white lasting head. Nose is toffee and English ale yeast. Flavor is right along the correct flavors for the style. Weak caramel, nuts and yeast. I don’t get any bitterness at all. All malt. No bottle date on the label. Hard to know if age has hurt this. Overall drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2013
This beer was absolutely wonderful. Clean and soft copper tinted pour with a one finger beige head that quickly collapses. Very nice aroma, upfront and refined malt character with earthy and bready notes leading a fruity and toffee-ish sweetness. Excellent flavor, clean and fruity sweetness with a bready malt profile and earthy hops.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2007
22oz bottle. 2006. Light brown color, khaki head. Rich hoppy aroma. Crisp malt background.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (4205) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
12 oz. bottle. It pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a pillowy off white head. The aroma is nicely balanced with fruity English yeast esters, dense maltiness and an herbal, mildly floral hop character. The flavor is the same. Good complex malt profile with a hint of sweetness melds nicely with the herbal hops. Light fruity yeast quality. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style with a good finish. Great ESB.


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