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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A true English-style bitter that is rich in malt, hop flavor, and aroma. Brewed with no less than four types of malt, and English and Yakima hops.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company--Salmon Bay Best Bitter Ale--1999 22 oz. Bottle Release. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) ESB--Clear bronze red color. Toasted bread fruit nose with light floral hop aroma. Rich crisp roasted malty body with light fruit flavor and clean crispy character. Ends light with mild hops. Sampled 7/5/1999. Maritime Pacific Brewing Company--Salmon Bay E.S.B. Extra Special Bitter Ale--Seasonal Release 2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) ESB--Light dark sediment. Hazy rich copper amber color. Light lacy head. Toasted floral hop front. Malty crusty toasted biscuit mild sweet caramel fruit body with creamy yeast hint. Tantalizing ESB hop malt end. Sampled 8/20/2002. Maritime Pacific Brewing Company--Salmon Bay ESB--Extra Special Bitter--Seasonal Release 2004 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV--45 IBUís? (4.25 / 5.0) ESB--Hazy rich amber color. Mild lacy head. Malty floral hop front. Tangy rich toasted doughy biscuit malty caramel dry sweet mild fruit body. Crusty texture. Earthy hop bitter dry mild citrus end. Bottle Conditioned. Sampled 4/3/2004. FRESH!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2003
I had this one on cask...a very good beer! It had a thick eggshell colored head that clung to the glass. Taste was super creamy and had a bitterness that sat on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Draught. Wow, I love this beer. I havenít had it in a couple of years. Iíll have to re-rate soon. The malt complexity comes out and balances the hops. Yum. A very drinkable tasty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2007
on tap-pours a thin white head that laces and amber color. Aroma is light caramel, citrus. Taste is medium malt-caramel/nutty, balanced nicely with (English and northwest?) citrus hops-slight bitter. OK/mild carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Nitro pour at Maritime in Seattle. Deep copper color, fluffy head with perfect lacing. Just a bit sweeter than the typical ESB. The hops swept evenly along the tongue however, balancing out the maltiness rather well. I wanted to sample this non-nitro, but other brews beckoned. Iíll just say: if you can sample this on nitro, do it that way. Really tasty!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Copper color with a medium disapearing head. Finish is bitter, but still has some malt left to help balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Draught pint at Redbones on 11/30/06
Light peachy-orange body has just a hint of melonskin tone to it, while the white head is medium in size, but moderately well retained, frothy and providing of a moderate amount of lacing in rings. Clarity is medium-high. Not 100% clear, but nearly so. Well-carbonated.
Floral hop bouquet in the nose is quite intricate, not quite gentle in bitterness, but not overdone with it either. Spiciness and light citrus (lemons, tangerines) are present as well, with a supportive malt sweetness in the background. Sweet white bread, bits of graham crackers and a touch of fresh dough on the end, it dosent obstruct the hops, but helps temper the bitterness. Fruitiness follows, especially with warming, adding light pears, cherries and more citrus notes. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma. Fairly standara American pale ale under the guise of the ESB tag. So an American ESB, pretty much, though itís not heavy-handed on the IBUs, nor does it have any hard citrus or pine. Definitely a good mix of European and American hops. No alcohol, flaws noted.
A light tea-like astringency is found at the beginning, with orange and minor grapefruit hints. This quickly gives way to a honey and vanilla like softness/sweetness that deepens and adds light caramel and richer honey malt notes. It comes right up to the point of getting too sweet and then stops, cut off by a brisk, but mostly engaging carbonation and hop bitterness. Some spicy and more floral hop notes dot the palate throughout, with light fruitiness combining with the maltiness as it warms. Very supple texture, the malt is soft and round. In that way, itís quite British, but the hops are decidedly more bitter and of the American variety. A very well-done American ESB or whatever you want to call it. Fresh and flavorful.
Surprised by the relatively low ratings of Maritimeís stuff. Looks like the bottled versions of their beers are inferior to draught?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Light copper nice off-white head and excellent lacing. Earthy English hops and light caramel aroma. Nutty earthy falvros up fron then some decent bitterness and citrus. medium almost crisp finish. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Draft at the brewery
Golden orange and clear appearance. Roasty, nutty flavor with some wet charred and toasty bred malt flavors. Hops are oily, metallic and smooth. Smells a little sweaty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Cask conditioned tap at Hilltop Ale House. Amber color with medium white head. Aroma is mild with fragrances of malt and earthy hops. Gentle and smooth, medium bodied, well balanced, and unassuming flavors of malt and hops.


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