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Sierra Nevada Early Spring Beer (ESB)

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RATINGS: 745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Our ESB blends the best of English tradition with the boldness of West Coast style. A blend of malts featuring British-grown Maris Otter is balanced with the earthy spiciness of hand-selected English and US hops. The ale is left unfiltered which enhances mouthfeel and hop aroma creating a slightly reddish copper hue.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adam42381 (379) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Appearance: Poured a light copper color with a clean 1 finger white head. Smell: Hints of bitter citrus with sweet malt. Taste: Citrus up front. Bitterness builds up to the finish. Bitter aftertaste that isnít overpowering. Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Goes down smooth. Not too heavy. You could drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall: Iíd definitely recommend giving this "Early Spring Beer" a shot. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1402) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Nice looking ESB. Itís a nice medium amber color liquid with an excellent head with lots of lacing. The nose is sweet with malt and earthy hops. Some West Coast hop notes are also present. The flavor is more on style for an ESB than I would have expected, but itís still a definite Sierra Nevada beer. There are some good notes of biscuit, cookies and mineral hops. The feel is pretty good, but the beer gets a tad medicinal through an entire glass.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orange copper with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, grass, lemon zest, spice, and pine. Flavors of biscuit, lemon zest, spice, apple, caramel, tannins, and juniper berries. Salty finish. Medium-thin body with foamy mouthfeel and moderate, soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oOJUXEOo (276) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2010
In bottle at Maggios southampton. Pours a nice copper color, 1 finger head. Aroma and taste is malty. Hops are subdued. Very tasty and sessionable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnurda (1125) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
Bottled Sample at Sergios in Loisville. Nice tasting bitter beer. Would like to try this again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen7424 (30) - Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Pretty hoppy not to strong though. A nice hazy orange and a good head. Went down smooth and its a good tasty beer thats really not to expensive.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 Sierra Nevada Brewing Compan--ESB--Early Spring Beer--2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.90% ABV--45 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) ESB--Unfiltered Bottle Conditioned. Loose sediment hint. Big dense mild lace white head. Slightly cloudy fizzy bright rich gold copper hued color. Mild earthy floral hop front. Earthy crusty toasted caramel Maris Otter dry sweet BC ester hint body. English hop spice clean ESB end. Sampled 11/26/2008. 6-Pack--$7.00. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--ESB--Early Spring Beer--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.90% ABV--45 IBUís. (4.5 / 5.0) ESB--Big dense nucleating lacy rocky off white head. Clear bright thin dark gold amber hint color. Toasted hint earthy herbal hop front. Tangy crisp dry sweet thin textured earthy bitter mild caramel bisquit crusty ESB body. Crisp citrus bitter hop bite end. Sampled 1/28/2009. 6-Pack--$8.49.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6265) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Vibrant amber, on the orange side, translucent, large frothy off-white head, decent lacing.   Somewhat fartus malt like presense.   I spoze that would be a bit of sulpher?   A little husky, dank, herbal. &Nbsp Certainly seems more aromatic than your average ESB.   Malty start, a little biscuity, not as huskish as I would have thought based on the nose.   Even a bit of citrus peel is in there.   Low hop presense.   Definitely biscuity with soft notes of cracked husks and soft orange peel as you reach the backside.   Lingering huskiness and citrus notes.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Certainly one of the more flavorful and aromatic ESBs I have had in a while.   Fairly decent.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Bottled. Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Smells of citrus and pine. Moderately bitter and sour, and tastes similar to pine and citrus rind. It finished with a burst of hops and bitters. Decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2010 lucent copper, lasting creamy beige head, creamy medium body, med co2.

aroma: earthy stale hops, grainy malt, light-struck note, hint of fruitiness.

taste:
T1= sweet bready malt.
T2= stale bittering hops, roasted grain.
T3= slight herbal hops.

tastes like strong, stale SN pale ale.
good with fried fish, especially stronger flavored fish.


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