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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Note: this beer is now an amber ale, and the ABV has gone up from 4.5 to 5.5%. Special Ale is our flagship ESB. Itís been with us from the start and hasnít changed since that first brew way back in 1996. Ample quantities of caramel malt give this English ale a soft copper hue and the colorful addition of carapils malt adds a slight sweetness you might mistake for honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (800) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
From notes: Poured hazy nut-brown with a 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of roasty and nutty malt. Medium body, a touch watery, with a brief, lightly dry finish. Nutty malt flavor with a roasty note and a light note of citrus underneath.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (729) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: It has an orange amber colored body with lots of yeast fine sediment floating around inside. This is cap off by a tall, light and foamy head. It is light tan in color and slowly fades to thin filmy covering which leaves behind a little slick lacing on the glass. Smell: I get some really nice sweet bready and doughy maltiness with a faint hint of English hops. Taste/Palate: There is a nice base of bready maltiness and yeast with pleasant sweetness. I get some mellow notes of honey like sweetness, sugar cookies and even a touch of light caramel and vanilla. The hops come in at the finish and offer some pleasant herbal character and light bitterness for balance. The mouth feel has a firm medium feel with soft carbonation. Notes: My overall thought is that it may not be the prettiest beer but it has some good flavor notes and nice balance. Also I could see myself drinking more then a few of these at 4.5% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (4034) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 2, 2013
12 oz. bottle from a trade with a friend on Utappd. Very deep red color, nearly brown with nice lasting head. The nose indicates heavy caramel malts. The flavor reflects that with toffee hints, caramel and a fruity and Earthy hop in the finish. Texture is lightly syrupy with a sticky texture. For the style I got to say this is under rated. Very sessionable and really decent. Glass emptied fast and I wanted another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
conway (1863) - - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle. Deep amber with a 1 finger white head. Aroma is nutty and vaguely fruity. Taste has a hint of fruitiness followed by coffee, finishing with a wheaty malt finish. Medium mouthfeel with sufficient carb. Not bad but slightly confusing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AbbeyRoade (437) - Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Lightly sweet, caramel malty flavor. Reddish amber hue with nice lacing left on glass. Easy and smooth to drink. Aroma is malty caramel as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (1571) - Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle - could not pour out of bottle to see, malty aroma and flavor, notes of nuttiness, not sweet like many amber ales so it was pretty different in a good way ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (4071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear deep reddish amber with a medium creamy tan head that laces well. Aroma is malty - caramel, toffee, grass. Flavor is the same, interesting actually. Must be using English hops. Medium sweet, some honey notes, light grassy bitterness. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Better than its rating for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (2431) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber color with one finger of creamy off white head. Aroma of roasted malt and earthy hops. Taste is light in sweetness and bitterness. Roasted malts with a some of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jflopsu (742) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Pours a heavy amber with light brown head. Caramel and malty aroma. Has a malty taste with a strong body. Slight bitter aftertaste thatís dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (3969) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and florals. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, florals, and some fruit. Decent.

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