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RATINGS: 332   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2013
12oz bottle served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass A - Pours a hazy amber, with 1 finger of yellow tinted meringue head. Very nice retention with below average lacing. S - Bready, pureed peaches, caramel, honey sweet malt, hints of light lemon citrus. T - Bready malts, light caramel, the peach fruit carries over from the aroma and melds very well with the soft bready malts. There’s notions of crisp lemon in there lightly cutting through the bready malt. Hops provide a tannin-like bitterness. Finishes bright and semi-dry. M - Nice doughy texture, heavy side of medium, super soft carbonation, very nice texture. This is an all around well crafted beer. It has a rich doughy character with a bright fruity side as well. I would enjoy this anytime of the year. Serving type: bottle 03-29-2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4679) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
pours hazy golden orange with a small off-white head, little retention. fruity caramel, pepper, spices, grass, hint of biscuity malts, but mostly plain lightly toasted malts, tobacco, juniper berries, pears - perfume-like, oranges. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, grassy-peppery with a short citrus bite finish. ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Orange confit and French toast allusions offer up a sweetish breakfast flavor profile, while biscuity undertones and earthy hops get together in the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A healthy head of foam settles atop the misty orange.
-The mouthfeel is more carbonated than the average British brew (naturally carbonated, I mean).
-The overt yeastiness gets in the way of the malt and hop profile.
-This may be flavorful, but I am disappointed considering the high ratings for this one. If you like this, you have to go out to England since there are tons of brews with a similar flavor profile which are tighter and brighter.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (854) - - JUL 20, 2013
Light brown pour with a finger of head. Aroma of bread, lemon, caramel. Taste of lemon, grapefruit, bread, toffee, fairly sweet, good malt backbone. Medium body, average carbonation. nice sessioner that I would never have guessed was 6.8%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden/amber with white head amd ok lacing. Aroma of malts, caramel, if i try very hard i can find some faded hops too. Taste is pretty much malts, caramel, a bit of cookies, light earthy hops. Pretty sweet for a ESB, low to medium body and medium carb. Pretty boring stuff. Might be a bit old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (2015) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle 12oz. Pours golden/ ligth brown with low off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of malt, sugar, milk, cake. Taste is of malt, sligth bitterness, fruits, spices, english hops. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Good, tasty, malty. Balance not too shabby. A mellow beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3259) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
Bouteille de 12oz. Embouteillée avec amour le 9 janvier 2013. Merci Patrick. Belle robe cuivrée avec une mousse blanche. Un nez tout en malt avec du caramel à souhait. Une touche de houblon arrive à percer ce mur de malt. La bouche est sucrée, tout en malt caramel. Un finale sucrée qui nous fait oublier qu’il y a Bitter dans le nom ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (3085) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle (12 oz). Clear golden/amber with particles, small white head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of caramel, fruits, malt... but mostly fainted. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet with caramel, fruits, malt and light bitterness. Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Watery. Certainly past his prime...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlovakSniper (3360) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
Une bouteille sur laquelle est inscrite la date suivante: 01 09 2013. Au versement, une robe cuivrée et une mousse qui persiste et qui signe une dentelle. Un nez qui porte les stigmates d’un malt caramélisé et fruité. Une bouche marquée par un lot malté fatigué et par quelques houblons américanisés. En bouche, un liquide de moyenne densité avec ses bulles serrées et sa texture légèrement crémeuse. Une finale qui passe presque inaperçue avec ses notes presque insaisissables. Tout compte fait, à la lumière de cette judicieuse commission d’enquête, une bière somme toute agréable qui n’est surtout pas au sommet de sa forme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (1869) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into an english pint glass. Pours light aroma with small white head. Medium lacing, medium body, medium/low carbonation, and nice herbal hop aroma. Taste is nice caramel malt with some herbal hops to balance. One of the best ESBs I have had, up there with Fullers ESB.

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