Royal Oak Brewhouse ESB
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This English style Extra Special Bitter is a well balanced ale with medium maltiness and medium hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with some fruity notes. Medium body with some amber notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
On tap at the Royal Oak Brew Pub. Poured a medium to deeper orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and somewhat floral. Tastes of caramel, orange peel, and citrus. Nice lacing left on the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Tap: amber with little head. Only aroma I could pick up was smoke. Flavor a little strange also, decent malt/hop balance but had the same smoky tatse to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Tap. Pours a reddish amber color with a slight off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is a bit funky, malt and hop with another strange addition. Can’t really place it. Light to medium bodied. Decent malt flavors up front and a good hop bitterness for balance. Strange aroma doesn’t seem to show up in flavor. Nice ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Medium deep amber served to me with hardly any head, and what was there didn’t hang around for very long. Transparent and obviously filtered. Aroma was that of caramel malts, grapefruit common to hops, and brown sugar. Flavor was candy sweet with the caramel presenting itself well, slight bitterness at the finish. Overall a light example that could have used a stronger hop flavor with a better balance to the sweet malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 1, 2005
On tap at RO Brewpub. Pours a light amber with little to no head. Smell is of malt and light caramel. Taste is simple, light malt, some minor bitterness and overall nothing impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2005
Served with a thin white head, this beer was a clear dark amber in color. The beer had a sweet caramel malt aroma, with a hint of floral hops, and then a toasted bread finish. The flavor was similar caramel and toffee malts, with solid bitterness, and a nice lingering aftertaste. The beer was overall pretty good, and would have been a four if it had a little more body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2005
On tap: Light malt aroma. Transparent light amber with a white head. Initial quick malt followed by a decent citrus hop finish. Kind of an ESB and IPA mixed into one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2004
on tap at the brewery poured a dark amber no head. flavor malts, caramel some hops, hints of yeast. flavor malts , fruits almost like a apple with very litle tast to it, caramel and just a hint of bitterness. not to bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5539) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2004
I ordered this with all the expectations of another small brewpub experiment gone bad. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a solid malt back bone that was perhaps a bit boring, but nonetheless nutty and full. Creamy mouthfeel with a lovely english bittering hops presence. Balance is wonderful. And the kicker: NO Astringency from overly dry malt that is the downfall of so many of these brewpub ESBs. Solid offering, though the aroma needs work, and though it tastes great, there is not too much bitter flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2003
As has been said before, an excellent session beer. Not hard to drink down a pitcher of this brew. Not quite as full bodied as I would prefer. A nice beer nonetheless

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