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 youíll float away!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3544) - 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 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 (614) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Pours a light copper color with a medium frothy head and lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel malts and earthy hops. Taste is about the same. Very drinkable and pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Amber with thin white head. Aroma of pale hops and semi-sweet malts. Rich malty taste with a mild bitter finish. Decent beer, though no exactly an ESB.

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Draft at the brewpub (Fitchburg). Poured a clear copper color. Head was off white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel. Slightly sweet on the tongue with malty caramel, minimal burnt toffee and an earthy, woody note. Pretty good.

   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 donít add anything to this beer. Itís just kinda there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Cask-conditioned pour at the Madison brewpub. Hazy, autumny brown pour with a tall, cascading, creamy beige head (not what I expected, but looked cool). Nose found soft floral bitterness, caramel, and light spices. Flavor was of smooth caramel across the middle with sharper floral bitters surrounding. Lighter carbonation from the cask treatment with nice balance between smooth malts and the bittering hops. This was alright, but remarkably un-exciting.

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