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Great Divide HotShot ESB

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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
HotShot ESB is an easy-drinking and remarkably smooth Extra Special Bitter, brewed in the classic-English style. More assertively hopped than ordinary bitters, light copper-colored HotShot showcases clean hop flavors, balanced by its slightly fruity nose and light-caramel malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Bottled: Clean amber hue with a big fluffy head and excellent lacing. The aroma has notes of chalky mineral water, dusty yeast esters, biscuity malts, subdued pine and floral bitters, a touch of orange zest and apple. The taste is more akin to that of an APA but there is some ESB characteristics lingering about. The earthy qualities and twang seem most appearent. Chalky texture with astrengent notes seem to dry the palate, making it less refreshing than it should be. The feel and flavor isn’t ESB like at all. Perhaps if this was on hand-pull and cask conditioned, it may be closer to the real thing. Still, this isn’t a bad beer and is nicely quaffable. Note to all: Let this beer warm up to cellar temps for bring out the best of the nose and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Clear pink-hued amber body, beautiful springy, fluffy white head. Leaves bunchy, not drippy lacing on the glass. Biscuit, grahm cracker, and light spruce in the aroma. The strongest part of the flavor is the resinous hops, they’ve got an oily/slick quality about them. Malt flavors are hard to pick out, it feels like a light caramel malting but the hops do an too-effective job of covering them up. Finishes with more sprucey hops and some cereal sweetness (told ya I’d find it!). I don’t really know what an ESB is supposed to taste like but I do know that this guy could have used a stronger malt backbone, something like Sprecher’s IPA would be really tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Light amber color with a moderate light beige bubbles with a few rings of lace. Mild toasted rye bread with light herb and pine wood aromas. Sharp grapefruit pith start followed by some dry malt flavors. Finish is Rather acidic and flavors of malt continue. Finish is quite bitter and not all that inviting with more pine pitch. Lacks malt profile and balance for an ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Very nice head. Light hoppy aroma, more hoppy than I was expecting. Color is a very light, transparent orange. Mouthfeel could use a little work, just not quite creamy and malty enough.Taste is nutty and mildly hoppy. Finish may be a little too bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7317) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2004 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, grapefruit, resin), lightly malty (toasted bread), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Very average, and kind of an unusual style choice for a brand new beer from this brewery, considering DPA pretty much fills this niche already (this isn’t very British styled, IMHO).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2004 Watery amber color, decent head. Slightly floral, herbal hoppy aroma. Tannic bitterness, low on malt or hop flavor. Not offensive, by any means, but nothing particularly notable.

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