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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4117) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2007
22oz bottle. 2006. Light brown color, khaki head. Rich hoppy aroma. Crisp malt background.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Full Sail Brewing Company--ESB--Extra Special Bitter--Seasonal. 2000a 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) ESB--Clear auburn golden color. Nice hop front. Earthy lightly roasted rich malty body with rich hop accents. Finishes with mild malty hop spice. Classic smooth ESB. Best of Full Sail Styles? Sampled 6/7/2000. Full Sail Brewing Company--ESB--Purple Background, Orange Sail. 2000b 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV (4.0 / 5.0) ESB--Clear thin copper color. Light floral hop front. Light, but rich flavored slightly toasted earthy malty caramel malt ESB body. Mild sweetness. Strong characteristic earthy Full Sail hop finish. Sampled 4/4/2000.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
Tap at the Steelhead Grill in Seattle. Iíve been looking for this beer for something like five years, and finally managed to just stumble upon it. Nice copper pour, decent head. Rich and proper ESB depth, fruity and enjoyable, with an abundant c-hop presence, leaving the beer both undeniably an ESB and at the same time decidedly a PacNW brew. Very good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2013
ESB pours my absolute favorite golden amber color with a cream colored frothy head that dissipates to a thin film that remains for the session. Caramel, toffee, sugar candy, and sweet malts delight the nose! This stuff smells just as beautiful as it looks! The "bitter" is comprised of a roasted malt front that comes in strong, followed by caramel, sugar, and a note of honey that mellow the flavor nicely. Mild hops sweep in on the finish, balancing this brew perfectly. Roasted malts linger long on the palate. This is a proper Bitter that rightfully claims to be "Extra Special". Light to medium weight and hardy carbonation make this beer lively and refreshing. This beer can be enjoyed in Spring, Summer, and Fall. It has characteristics that would compliment all three seasons. Overall, this is easily one of my favorite Bitter styles. Itís robust roasted malts and lack of over-the-top sweetness make it manly as hell. This concoction reminds me of unfinished wood, tough leather, and black iron. WARNING: This beer may accelerate mustache and/or beard growth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (3957) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUL 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 22oz bomber: This was a surprise. Iíve never been a fan of their IPA, but this I like. Malty and sweet with that yummy American hop flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (663) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Reddish brown with a lingering white head. Smells like carmel and like berries. Tastes spicy with pronounced vegetal hop flavor and full malty flavor. Light carb. Very good for a hop centric brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1883) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Amber in color, malty aroma. Crisp, balanced. Hints of a malty sweetness with nuts, orange, caramel, spice. A little hoppy, very full, and a strong finish. A nice ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (586) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle. Some mild fruit, metallic notes in the aroma. Flavor is wonderfully balanced, great velvety toasted grain backed by fruity and slightly oily hop presence with a pungently bitter tang that lingers minutes after each sip. Very full mouthfeel. Very good ESB, rivals some of the better ales Iíve had in England.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1178) - 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.


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