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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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McNeillís ESB is a fully hopped version of the style. Dry, with a deep nose of grapefruit and quite bitter. Itís red, from the blend of American and British malts, and the FIVE TIME National Champion ESB at the USBTC.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1614) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
bottle aquired in trade with shcufj on BA, best before Feb 2012. Hazy copper hut with strong 1" head with beyond excellent retention. bread light flower, and yeast in the nose. Taste is well balanced, just basic malt and flower hop. mouth is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to help.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CJ_Pain (79) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Heck yeah. Nice ESB. Biscuity, malty, good head retention. Little on the hoppier side of the ESB equation. Got some sweetness to it I wasn't expecting. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamJackson (2385) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Cask. Dark yellow faint sweet nose. Barely any malt backbone, thin and faint sugary sweet. Dank finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (211) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Poured into English pint a cloudy copper. Head was tan, fine bubbled and lasting. Fine lacing on glass. Aroma was hoppy with grapefruit notes. Tast was citrus with the grapefruit getting stronger towards finish as the bitterness. Also gets a little more malty in the late finish. Bottle conditioned there was some sediment. I will add to the former complaints to why the year is not on the bottle. I didnít know when buying if it was good for 6 months or expired for 6 months. (Mine was fresh) Enjoyed.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1121) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Draft at Devil's Advocate. Pours a yellowish amber color with a thin white head an a little lacing. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, orange, grapefruit. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is bitter, hoppy, pine, some nutty sweetness, with a dry, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3375) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Cask at brewpub. Now this is more like it. Pours brown with a thin white head. Nice grapefruit on the nose. I definitely get citrus on the tongue. Finishes with a touch of bitterness. I find most bitters boring but this one kicks ass!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (2980) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2012
22 oz. bottle for $3.99 @ Garyís Beverage. This was marked down and I could tell has been sitting awhile after knocking off 3 inches of dust off the bottle. Aroma is floral hops with a touch of citrus. Flavor is surprisingly bitter with lots of floral hops and some bland malt. A wet hop type bitterness. I really, REALLY wanted to like this brew but I just didnít.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1890) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2012
bomber: Copper pour with a thin head. aroma was floral, fruity and caramel maltiness. flavour is caramel maltiness, more herbal and woody than floral hop. Very light in body. Will have to try again, but was a bit underwhelmed on this occassion.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHopster (788) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2012
(bottle) Regarding the bottle expiration, I have the same complaint as the last rater, whatís the year of expiration? Mine tasted old. Hazy orange complexion with thick long-lasting tan head. The flavor is untraditionally hoppy with citrus undertones. Full bodied and nice mouth feel. A unique bend on this style.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gaspasser (1) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012 does not count
From a bomber, said best before Nov. But what year? Bought in Mar. 2012. Bottle opened releasing great pressure, but foamed like crazy when poured into clean glass. I ended up with 1" of beer and 6" of foam. I suspect this bottle was well past, which is a shame as I was looking forward to tasting a top rated Bitter, as I like the style. Very bitter in the nose and extremely bitter in the finish. Carbonation was very lively in the mouth as well. Tasted like an over the top hopped IPA. Head retention and lacing was the most I have ever seen. Maybe my opinion will improve if I ever get to taste a fresh one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bomber pours amber with a ridiculous brown head made it very difficult to pour. Aromas of fruit rind and grapefruit. Flavor is bitter with a bit of pine. Body is medium light and finish is abrupt. Also not sure why its rated so high


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