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RATINGS: 335   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2003
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 An amber beer with a sweet hoppy nose and an adhesive head. Nice light aroma of cara-malt. Twinge of hoppy floralness with nice malt balance. An outstanding beer with exceptional balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Rich malty aroma - caramel and some dried fruits. Perfect appearance for an ESB, brilliant amber with a frothy white head that laced the glass. Flavor matches the aroma, dominated by malt with some fruity esters. Decent hop bitterness, but no hop flavor or aroma. Body is pretty full, carbonation is a little high for a bitter, but it hides the alcohol well. A well-crafted, malty ESB. It fits the style well, although my personal preference is for a little more hops in the flavor and aroma.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brettsbarley (2) - murray, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2003 does not count
This is a great beer. i think you can only get it on tap at schlafly but it is well worth the drive. The atmosphere at schlafly is great they have about 10-15 beers on tap usualy and all of them are good. The food is great too. If you are ever in St. Louis be sure to stop in at Schlafly and grab a pint.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Starts of full and kind of creamy, some lightly sweet malts full of fruits. Finish is all about the hops - sides of tongue and even on the roof of my mouth. Good head and great lacing. Very nice ESB - I want another!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2003
I had this on tap in St. Louis, but I'm rating the bottle I brought back. Beautiful amber color out of the bottle with nice foamy off-white head that left tons of sticky lace on the glass. Lots of hop bitterness in the initail taste and long into the finish. Fruity flavors of peach and citrus ride on the sweet malt backbone. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9876) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2003
red-amber colour, fine head and a nice lace, caramel aroma with notes of cherry, good malt body with a solid bitterness, long bitter finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
This has a big rich grainy malt nose, along with a thick and creamy beige-white head that lasts quite a long time. It has a clear light amber-orange color profile that thins a touch around the edges. The smooth start hides a wicked hop spike that stabs you suddenly right in the middle and lingers through the aftertaste. The bitter spike seems a little out of place compared the other malty sweetness that is rolling around. All in all, a unique American ESB. Thanks igneousboy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 Beautiful amber color with lasting thin foamy head, syrup smell with with buttery carmel malty taste. Very nice. What a special break when you think it will never stop snowing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2003
A lingering sticky cream-colored head tops a clear, bright deep amber body. The aroma is mellow malts, toffee and maple. The Hops offer up a slightly piney character. The flavor is sweet but not cloying. Reminds me of toast or biscuits with maple syrup or maybe just pancakes. The bittering hops balance the beer nicely. This is a great well-made beer but doesn't provide the chewy maltiness of the Fuller's.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
good looking creature of transparent golden orange and frothy cream lather..biscuity hop aroma with a hint of carmel..flavor was buttery with big notes of carmel..real buttery mouthful with lots of drippy carmel and a solid bitter hop backbone..full bodied..nice bitterness..defintely takes advantage of all areas of the toungue with the addition of carmel sweetness and peanut skin saltiness..Great ESB


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