Great Dane Sugar River ESB
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   ABV: -
Despite its name, our Sugar River Extra Special Bitter is neither too sweet nor too bitter. Rather, in classic British ESB fashion, it is the perfect marriage of malt and hops: The light caramel-malt sweetness just balances the delicate yet noticeable hop flavor and aroma. One sip of this amber ale and you’ll float away!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Copper Coloring with Sandy Ring. Sweet, Hoppy and Mandarin Aroma. Smooth Almost Silky Mouthfeel. Sweet, Light Hits of Citrus, Light Wet Hops Notes at End That Quickly Disappear.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Nothing all that special about this beer. Bitter hops really don’t add anything to this beer. It’s just kinda there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Dark copper color with a medium head. No aroma. Taste is slightly bitter malt. Very watery body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Sample at pub. The darker amber body for an ESB. The aroma and flavor reminded me of brandy served at a communion service in church. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Brew starts off with a mild resinous hoppy taste. It then moves into thick walnut, while delicate honey and vanilla sit high in the nose. Very nice! The end disappears into smooth caramel malts, ending the drink on a slightly sweet note. Best brew of the seven I tired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2005
I must have had a good batch of this. Nice piney hop aroma with some floral notes that reminds me of fresh money. Dark copper color, thin and creamy white head. Interesting flavor, brillian caramel really stands out. The first drink is like licking caramel squares. Then an eathy pine hop flavor takes over from there. Lighter body, average carbination. The bartender said this is a version of their red that has a few more hops and then is dry hopped. I liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Clear bronze and no head. Aroma is cotton, fabric softener and a subtle hop bouquet. Thins out quickly on the palate and then the bitterness creeps in. This is subtle. Initial impression is watery, but then it’s an ESB – bitter, with flavors consistent with watered down scotch. Authentic English character, just not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Had this one after the scotch and this a little sweet again. I did like it with the wood-friut taste but need more hops a bit more bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3409) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2005
pours an orange hue with a nice off-white head with good lacing. soft earthy hop aroma with some caramel malt notes. Earthy hop flavors that were very true to style. awesome lacing! firm bitterness more like an APA. I detect Fuggles hops in this one due to the earthy/resiny finish. Another winner from this brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Sample at the brewpub (on cask). Lightly cloudy dusky brown with the tiniest wisp of head...nose slightly woody, dry, very spare...body dense and more woody, hints of cherry and apple sweetness especially near the end...smooth.

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