Northampton Snowshovel ESB
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
This extra special bitter is a well-balanced representation of the English style. This beer has a malty presence with a lingering hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 this is one of the best ESBs. Those charming english malts shine with a great sweet maltiness. A light lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Awesome brew, love this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Draught at the brewpub. Pours copper with a tan head. Smells of caramel, lightly rosey, earthy. Tastes earthy and caramelly with some peppery hints on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (1161) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Dark Amber in coloration, with a thin almost nonexistant head. Prominant notes of malt and hops. The hoppiness isn’t overpowering and at times it seems like there could be a little more flavor. However this is a good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2007
Tap at the brewpub. Deep amber colour with a thin tight white head. Nice caramel malt aroma, rich toastiness and an earthy malt character with light citrus notes on top. Lightly grassy with a fairly fresh dry hop character. Flavour is good, earthy and quite lean. Decent body and an earthy hop and minerally finish. Slightly nutty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Deep yellow gold, tiny white head with faint lacing, very clear. Soapy orangey and earthy adequate hops give a fair dry feeling. Support malt lacking, enhancing the Americanized grapefruity hop feel, herbal and with honest bitterness, but finishing a bit short. Astringence lasting, citric and thankfully not acid. Active carbonation. Heavily filtered and thinned out, but it remains one of my favourites at Northampton.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2004
Nice, but light, bitter. Is it really an ESB? Sure. Not bad from a small brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Has nice amber color and a sweet malt smell. Taste is also pretty malty with some spice(?) flavor and finishes with a mild bitterness. Overall I thought this was the holiday special, but still a pretty good beer. One of the better from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Deep amber brown body with a thin head and good lace. SLightly sweet and buttery hop aroma with a slight fruitiness. Sweet fruity hop flavor with a buttery undertone and a hoppy finish. Dry and medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Dark copper in color. Hops evident in the nose but not overpowering. They were about the same in the taste.: very evident, but a tad less prevalent than what I would like in an ESB. Fairly heavy on the malts, but not really sweet at all. Overall, quite good!

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