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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This Extra Special Bitter is an amber-colored, malty ale with plenty of hops to balance the flavor. Rye flakes add a distinctive flavor, as well as extra body. Available November through January.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2208) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 Hop in the City: The rye flakes are noticeable in both the aroma and flavor and I wasn’t so sure they added much to this flavorful bitter. But they did add another dimension and that’s always interesting. The aroma, besides the rye, was filled with floral hops and malts. The flavor, below the rye, was of malts with a nice bitter aftertaste from the hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Hop in the City - the aroma is heavy on the rye with a fruity undertone - also slightly toffee like. The body is sweet caramel with some hop spiciness that is balanced by the bready malt. Nice use of English hops and rye make this an interesting brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2005
on tap after a tour of the Schlafly Bottleworks. mild Brittish malt flavor with somewhat of a hop bitter finish. what really put me off with this beer was the over-carbonation of the brew which IMO detracted from the overall flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2005
Orange color with a thin white head. Very simple, slightly bitter taste. Just not able to get very specific on taste or scent for this one. Pretty generic, but perfectly drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Something weird with this bottle or my glass, but the smell was definitely off. I know Schlafly to be good by reputation, so I’ll assume it was a fluke. Attractive copper with white head. Good malty tastes with a nice hop presence. Somewhat cloying. Earthy finish (the rye?). Nice yeasty bitter slightly metallic aftertaste. Good, I’d like to try this more, to get a better feel for it. Interesting beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Bottled Nov 10, 2004. Deep orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is grassy, malty and sweet. A medium bodied ESB/bitter. Malts are fruity, grainy and sweet. Hops are floral and citrusy. Touch of rye and earthiness. This beer is sort of overbalanced towards the hops (lots of em) but there is a nice malt backbone as well. Nice beer. Malts are full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This beer poured orange-amber with a slight haze, and small white foam. Aroma is hoppy and bitter. Light malty front, with a hoppy middle, and bitter rye finish. I like it. This is one of my favorite hometown made beers.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Pours sparkly amber orange with a nice layer of cream-white head. Clean yeasty malt aromas, and minty, flowery hops. Very soft and pleasant. Beautifully layered flavors--nice bitter minty-lemon hops right off the bat, followed by a warming bready maltiness, and a nice yeasty finish. Soft clean palate. A terrific full-flavored ESB that rewards sipping, but is balanced enough to be very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Beautiful pour and aroma. Sweeter then most ESB’s I am accustom too, but tasty and good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Nice sweet aroma and a crisp bobbly apperance. More head than I remember in this particular sample. I have had this before and liked it more than this year. This seemed like a thinner body with more carbonation and less alcohol. : ( Nice malty taste is well balanced. Great six pack beer...but this year is not as good as other years.


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