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RATINGS: 338   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2259) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
Instantly, easily the best midwestern beer I’ve had. Even better than Two Hearted Ale. Big delicious creamy substantive body, a big aroma with an odd array of hops besting the very present malt aromas. Hoppy belches sweetly. More in between 90-Minute and Anchor Steam than akin to Fullers. This is an APA or IPA. Bits of cookie and astringent herbs. Long and lingering. A fabulous beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Light copper color and crystal clear. Light cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Fruity with moderate caramel malt and nicely balanced hops in the nose. Slightly citric hop aroma and flavor. Somewhat striking initial bitterness backed up by a strong caramel and slightly toffee-ish malt flavor. Nice little zing from the rye. Medium body. The flavor really stays with you a long time after you swallow. A tad bitter but overall quite nicely balanced. Good stuff! Thanks to igneousboy for this one!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jasonkpe99 (3) - Affton, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2002 does not count
Great beer, my favorite Schlafly. Nice hops, but clean and gentle at the same time, making it (maybe too?) easy to drink...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20328) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2002
Bottled. Amber coloured. Grassy flowery hop aroma. Very malty. Saltyand resiny with really bitter finish. A more than solid ESB.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Copper pour with a off white head.Malty nose with a hint of floral hops. First sip reveals that I want a big gulp of this. Nice bitterness but is nicely balanced. This would make a great everyday drinker.Thanks to maxpower for this one.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Well, they got the bitter part right. an all around good beer, but it is tough to call this an ESB

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Just found last falls version on sale for $4 a sixer. I was very pleased to try this. Very strong malt and even more hop.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
Big time hops blow away the malt in this quality ESB. My bottle (tasted in March) might have been a little old. Looking forward to retaste upon the October 31st release of the 2002 edition!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2003 Orange-amber color, fluffy white head that leaves a nice lasting lace. Sweet malt aroma, soft and creamy mouthfeel. Medium-Full bodied, very balanced with a taste of rye and caremel. The hops really stand out in the end. The is best one this brewery has to offer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2002
A very good ESB. Nice and clean with lots of hop flavor.


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