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Karl Strauss Extra Special Bitter

Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
this copper-colored English-style ale uses Fuggles and Kent hops to impart its unique bitterness. Available every February 2nd until depleted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Good beer. Pours hazy, light copper with medium, white head that leaves rings of lace. Smells rich and caramelly malty with some underlying earthy hops. Tastes sweet and sugary, caramelly malty but not overly sweet with a strong earthy hop backbone, light bitterness. Medium body, vibrant carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Taster from Sorrento Mesa location: Light haze copper color with an off-white head. Aroma is light grain and caramel. Flavor starts light caramel malt that is kinda nutty with a lingering lightly dry sort of citrus bitterness in the finish. Medium body is smooth with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Appearance: Pours a yellow gold with a reddish tint. Leaves a 1/4 inch of foamy white head.

Aroma: Faint sweet bread notes and Eurohops.

Taste: Surprising big spicy bitterness finishing with sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy.

Overall: Really frickin good, great bitterness and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Tap @ Hamilton’s. Pretty much your standard ESB. Pours a clear light amber color with a small off white head. Nose of light citrus, spice, and toasted malts. Crisp finish, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Tap at Carlsbad. Pours a translucent golden amber with a medium creamy white head that laced. Aroma of nice floral and citrus notes, bready, caramel and nuts. Flavor of lemon, hops, caramel, bready and light toffee notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Tap, downtown. Amber in color. Fairly malty flavored, with a bit of English hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2008
draft - Pours orange/amber with a one finger head and a sweet malt aroma mixed with light hops. The flavor is heavy caramel malt with some fruity bitterness on the side. This medium bodied beer is a solid ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2008
On tap at karl strauss San Diego. Poured amber with a good amount of head. Nice bitter flavor with a good finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6164) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Mild sweet toffee aroma. Metallic somewhat, but not much else in terms of aroma. Pours burnt orange with a beige head. There are definitley hops prevalent in the flavor. Some grapefruit and tropical fruit. Caramel and toffee are there too. Finishes dry and resiny. It sweetens as it warms up, but still finishes dry. A nice hoppy ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
On tap at Karl Strauss. Golden yellow with no head. Malt, candy, and citrus aroma. Candy sweet taste with a hint of ftruit, and a bitter/swet finish.

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