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RATINGS: 282   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (1317) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3028) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (1980) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jflopsu (510) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (3345) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeinzH (22) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
Opaque dark brown. Nice hoppy smell and taste. Caramel and candy bar tasting. In my opinion this is a good winter ale. First beer from this brewery, and not a bad start at all.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigMalt (13) - - MAR 15, 2013
This american amber wonít excite hop-heads, but I find the malty sweetness to be delicious. Itís a medium gold color with a modest head of foam. The nose doesnít have much complexity and the taste is rather straight forward (with the malts shining). Great session beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanscourt (716) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Dark amber, malt aroma with some fruits. Bland but ok. Grew on me as I drank it. Sweetness was nice but body was a listless. Like the profile and the malt backbone.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (615) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Hazy amber orange color topped by a large creamy beige head. Toasted malt aroma, hints of caramel and yeast. Tangy bittersweet malt upfront. Nice peppery hops come after initial palate. Notes of brown sugar and vanilla. Finish is dry and bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamP01 (547) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours a cloudy brownish amber with a medium beige lasting head, some light lacing. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, barley, light fruity notes. Taste of toasted caramel malt, yeast, light fruity with some mild earthy hops. Palate isa medium body, slightly sticky mouth feel, mild carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted caramel malt, yeast with some mild earthy hops bitterness for balance with a bit of caramel nutty aftertaste. Overall a good enjoyable brew.


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