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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.


MartinT's rating

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, - 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.

Bottle.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle; poured a rich Amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of nuts, caramel and maybe veggies. Maybe a bit off, but not bad. Nutty and earthy, but far from bitter

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (8051) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Tap at Schlafly in the STL airport. Golden pour with a small white head. Very good for the style - bready and slightly sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
decimak (2) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 11, 2015 does not count
Pleasant orangeish brown color, short lived head. Smell is slightly citrus. Taste is bready, a tiniest bit dark with the citrus from earlier still detectable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bagalagalaga (151) - Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Was a little put off at first because it was not at all like other ESBs and that was really what I was in the mood for. Much more fruity, lightly citrus tastes and aroma than any other ESB I’ve had. All in all a good one though, if you want something pretty crisp and with notes of fruit instead of overwhelming lemon like a shandy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Roonai (305) - - FEB 22, 2015
Lemon, dried fruits and malts- big fan compared to what I am used to getting when I orderan"esb"- often watered down. Still not my favorite STYLE but still decently solid

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Bottled on 1/18/2012
Tasted on 2/17/12 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods Green Hills. Pours hazy burnt orange with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is full of tangerine citrus hops with a hint of tropical fruitiness, and some bread malt. The flavor is more of the same with the very fruity tangerine peel and tropical fruit up front, with some light bread malt and lightly bitter finish. The body is medium and somewhat oily with average carbonation and an average lightly bitter tangerine peel and bread malt finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nsanders (763) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Tap at airport. Brownish orange with a white cap. Lemony, toasted bread, little nutty and lemon grass. Taste is mild with a light lemony bitterness. Body is medium with a foamy feel.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerScout49 (49) - - JAN 22, 2015
Light red/toast hue. Good foaming. Strong hop and bitter smell but the taste is toasty and balanced. Enjoy it immensely!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (1057) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Draft at 33 West Ale House (Dover, DE). Pours clear, amber, with a nice off white head and some lacing. Aroma of grains, some nuts and caramel. Taste is sweet and malty, lots of caramel, some fruit and cereal notes. Drinkable, enjoyable and overall a great winter brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopbag (142) - - DEC 26, 2014
Strong bready and toasty malt. Fruity English yeast mixes with floral and citrus hops. Smooth, nicely balanced. Still not my favorite style, but a quality drinkable beer with good English character.


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