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 (11560) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Golden colour, rising carbonation bubbles. Lace. Neutral aroma, light bitter taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2007
This beer’s decent bitter and malty combo makes it a nice competitor for ROB’s IPA. Between the two beers, I usually remained satisfied during weekly visits to the ROB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6404) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Draft pint at the brewpub. Reddish-amber beer. Decent malty beer, with a moderate hop finish. Textbook American brewpub ESB -- sessionable to be sure. (#3830, 1/28/2010)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5791) - Boston, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On tap @ the brew pub: Pours a clear copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel, spices, some earthy notes. Flavor, nutty, some spices, earthy some grassy hints and coffee notes.

   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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
5.4%abv tap selection. Malty character is sweet and nutty. Hops is light, but clearly evident throughout. Session ale, yes!

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