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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our ESB (Extra Special Bitter) may have the word “bitter” in its name, but the key to this style is balance. The combination of malts and hops creates a toasty, fruity flavor. Our ESB is dry hopped with a US grown hop varietal called Williamette, which has a pronounced spicy, lemon flavor.

In the early 1970’s, brewers in London and the south of England expanded the range of beers available in pubs, reacting to the wave of European lagers moving into the British pub scene. In addition to the ordinary bitters and pale ales, brewers developed recipes for stronger premium ales like ESB, special bitter and special pale ale. These beers contributed to the English traditional ale revival of the 1980’s, making their way into the beer portfolios of many American craft breweries.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1521) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2005
On draught at the brewery. Golden amber in color with a thick rocky white head. Sweet spicy aroma. Hoppy sweet malt taste. Good, but almost like the Hop Harvest except less of everything. Hop bitterness shows up in the aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
05 Hop in the City/KC. Poured copper orange with a ring of foam around the top. Cara-malts, spicy hops, and rye carry this beer. I thought it was rather thin.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2278) - 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 (5319) - 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.


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