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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3156) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
12oz bottle, orange-amber color, with a thick beige head, nice candied orange peel, orange marmalade, orange lollipop, biscuity, toasted, caramel, bready maltiness nose, with some honey cracker, pannetone cake notes, with a hint of citrus hops in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good biscuity, bready, toasted, caramel malt, fruity candied orange peel, orange marmalade, honeyed bready cracker character, with a mild flowery citrus, leafy hop, pannetone cake flavour, leading towards a candied orange peel fruitiness, honey maltiness, lingering citrus, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1364) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Les sédiments tournoient dans ce liquide ambré. L’effervescence alimente la mousse, qui ne bouge pratiquement pas, en fait, on dirait même que la levure travaille encore. Le nez est de caramel, d’épices, de miel et de malt et ça m’est plutôt agréable. La texture soyeuse nous caresse la bouche en transportant des saveurs de miel et de fleurs sauvages au travers le malt. Une faible acidité et une amertume soutenues par des pointes fruitées finalisent le tout. (Embout. 9 janv.2013) (781-170813)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerGolem (724) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle 12 fl. oz. Served in english pint. Pours dark orange-amber with slight particles (mispour maybe). Strange aroma of earthy hops, fruits, caramel and vegetable juice. Taste is on par. Kind of thin. Not bad, but nothing extraordinary. Freshness may have been an issue here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2148) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Had at the Tap Room in St. Louis in the summer of 2011. Nice esb. Pours an amber brown. Lightly toasted malt flavor with some toffee and maltiness. Good esb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
355 ml bottle. Pours a very opaque orangeish dark golden with sediments and a short lived white head. Aroma is biscuits and toasts. Flavor is roasted bread, dark fruits, sweet caramel, bananas, bubble gum. Finish is earthy, herbal. Lingering sweetness and bitterness. This has got to be one of the most refreshing, well-balanced incarnations of the ESB I’ve had. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Very solid, super well balanced. Loved it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
12oz bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Clear pale amber with small head. Rather pale for an ESB.
Aroma : Malt with some mixed grains. Very light caramel. Very light herbal and earthy hops
Taste : Malty with light hops. Finish slightly bitter with malt. Pretty malty finish. Very light mineral notes.
Palate : Average carbonation. Too strong for te style IMHO.
Overall : A rather awkward ESB that barely has any British character. Fairly unanimous beer that is still decent and drinkable. Carbonation could be softer. Uneventful beer.

   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 (4924) - 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 (8247) - 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 (898) - - 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%

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