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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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.


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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
I’am usually suspicious of the so called "Winter" brews so expectations were not really high. While not the end all, I really enjoyed this beer. The cloudy amber liquid leaves nice ribbons down the glass and has a pleasent malty nose that shows in the flavor. It did leave a very slight bitterness in the back of the mouth which brought down it’s palatte score but overall but still a fine brew.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 7/5/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : orangée-cuivrée. Apparence : voilée.
Arôme : Caramel, biscuits, léger de fruits (petits fruits) et de houblon herbeux aux notes terreuses, notes de pain.
Goût : Entrée de bouche : Léger goût fruité (marmelade) avec quelques notes épicées. Une dominante maltée de caramel sucré est présente avec une légère amertume de houblon herbeux aux notes florales, citriques et terreuses ainsi qu’avec des notes de biscuits et de pain grillé.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : légèrement huileuse. Finale : moyenne, composée d’une légère amertume de houblon herbeux, légèrement floral et terreux avec des notes épicées.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5655) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle from Bethesda Food & Beverage. Nice orange body with medium head. Nose is frutits, hops, and some caramel. Taste is similar of fruits and hops. Gets maltier and warmer into the finish. Slippery texture.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10140) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2015
great for the style imo, above average overall. biscuit and toasty caramel and fruity aroma and flavor. lightly bitter earthy finish and light in body.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
A sweet caramel malt with light honey notes, oxidized, faint grassy hops, light mineral notes. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with light grassy hops, light mineral notes, signs of oxidation. Bièropholie imports.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Poured clear, light amber, with a large white head. Caramel malt, biscuit notes, hoppier than I was expecting. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3539) - 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 (9574) - 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 (157) - 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


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