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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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A British style Extra Special Bitter with an even balance of malt and hops. Medium bodied with bready and caramel malt notes and UK hops. Winner of B est in Show for the 2012 World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan. 13.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Super smooth bitter ale. Not a lot of bite in this bitter, but its a nice sessioner with a nice mixup of hops and malt. Nothing too overpowering, but certainly a nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrownALEx (265) - Portland, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Smells of sweet bread....Two finger head after the pour.....Taste is quite malty.....Pretty good mouth feel.....Nice lacing left on the glass......Palate is malty as well....Not a bad beer, but not my favorite style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
S: Nothing very strong - bready, roasted caramel notes A: Nice dark amber appearance but a poor head - patchy mix of large and small bubbles T: Tasty but not complex - toasted caramel malts, slightly bitter P: Medium bodied - feels good O: Refreshing and relaxing

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ebone1988 (213) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Aroma is sweet, smells like cotton candy. Appearance is clear, between amber and brown in color. White head. Flavor is sweet at the front, fades toward the back, pretty disappointing. Mouthfeel is light, not too carbonated. Overall, worth tasting but not for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wmubronco1992 (611) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Draft at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI. Pours Amber. Small white head. Above average lacing. Mild caramel aroma. Flavor is also mild caramel. Some dry hoppy bitterness. Decent beer, but not something I would seek out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (1928) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours a cloudy dark orange-amber color with a decent head. Aroma is fairly faint pale malt mixed with some earth hops. Taste is pretty good. Mostly pale malt balanced with the hops. Slight spicy and citrus taste is good. Solid bitterness. Not sure I would call this an ESB. Its closer to a Pale Ale with the hoppiness. And the high carbonation would knock it out of ESB as well. Im pretty surprised this won Best in Show at the World Beer Expo in Frankmuth. Its a solid beer worth trying though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Pours amber with a medium fizzy head. The fizziness (which is now a word) carries over to the feel in the mouth. Not bad, but not an ESB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Draft. Amber body with a fizzy white head. Light aroma of caramel, toasted grain and hints of flowers. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly bitter and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Raw grain taste. Not much finesse in this beer. Not much in the way of a premium bitter either. Too disjointed, rough around the edges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1472) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Soft malty aroma, rich amber color, clear, moderate head that sticks around. Smooth and medium body, nice finish with flavor, but not too much. A nice amber.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maltinator (3) - - FEB 8, 2012 does not count
Do not be confused by the name ESB. Its more of an Amber then an ESB. Their flagship brew will keep me coming back for more.

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