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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
E.S Chi is made with an Extra Bitter Beer base from Marin Brewing Company and a proprietary blend of herbs, specially prepared by Master Herbalist Yen-Wei Choong, Lie. Ac. Dr. Choong is the director of Yellow Emperor Natural Healing Center and Zen Garden: Chinese Healing Herbs San Anselmo, CA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hop_Hedonist (475) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2013
Lovely iced tea edge - interesting and satisfying - couldn’t drink a lot of it but very happy as it’s quite refreshing - on tap at Clancy’s City Beach as part of WA Beer Week - love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Smells herby but I don’t know exactly what because my nose is a bit stuffy. Looks great. Red-orange fade from top to bottom. This is pretty bubbly and light on the tongue with a bit of sun-heated tea flavor to it. I actually like it quite a bit as a change of pace beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetmaxx (905) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Wasn’t excited about this after pyramid chai wheat... This is far better, very good esb! Aroma is mostly malty. Flavor is very malt based with a nice tea like bitterness to finish out. In a world of super hop this, imperial that, it can be refreshing to enjoy more balanced beers. This one is great, love the herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4948) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 This draft pour of this interesting brew from the Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, CA poured a hazy amber color with some brown highlights and raised a nice off-white head with a very sticky ring of foam left in the glass as I consumed it. The nose is lightly malty with a tantalizing spicy aroma. The body is medium, and the mouthfeel slick. The flavor is much like an ESB but the herbs are what makes this stand out. Lightly bitter finish . This is a difficult beer to describe, except that it really tasted good and was exceptionally easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5850) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
I was really pleasantly surprised by this beer. It’s very unusual but tasty and actually pretty easy to drink. It pours amber/gold with an off white head. The aroma reminds me of a traditional English bitter with some herbal hops intertwined with some toffee and chocolate malts. The flavor is really different with some smoke (not sure why I’m picking that up), bread, herbs, and berries. I wouldn’t have known this was spiked with a proprietary blend of spices just by tasting it. It was herbal, but the smoky, toffee like quality was balanced nicely with what seemed like an herbal EKG like hoppiness. Anyway, I liked it and would get it again when I see it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeSammy (616) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Wow! Tea is definitely present in this.. Awesome beer! Session beer. Flavor: Malt profile is there, nice balanced carbonation, Tea, light hop. Simple. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Clark golden with a fizzy white head. Tea and leather aroma. Sweet orange and tea taste with a leather finish.
Earlier Rating: 3/27/2010 Total Score: 3.4
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Malt vanilla and herbal tea aroma and taste with a sweet perfume like finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"a traditional bitter that seems like it would be good enough on it’s own accord, but the addition of all kinds of oriental herbs make it a unique and tasty addition. no one spice that jumps out, just an earthy grassy note atop the traditional brew. pretty good."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2015
On tap at the source. Herbal spice aroma. Bitter hops with some funky herbal flavors. Unique. A little smokey with the flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap at brewpub. Mildly floral aroma, jasmine-like scent, also some dust anise-like notes, toasty malt. Flavor is lightly sweet with some tea-like tannin flavors, substantial bitterness in the finish.

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