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Sierra Nevada Early Spring Beer (ESB)

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SanfordBrewer (1502) - 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.

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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (7728) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Slightly hazy copper colored, small white head. Fresh hoppy floral aroma. Fairly mild flavor with with citrus and resin. Aftertaste was nice and crisp. A nice beer, not too advanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Slightly hazy amber decent head, some lacing... English malty aroma, not much hops... Very malty, subtle hops, creamy, english... medium bodied, medium mouthfeel... Decent...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nisse666 (6245) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2009
Provdatum: 2009-06-09 UTS: Kopparfärgad med medellätt krona D: Humle S: Humle, någon torkad frukt, danskt rågbröd ES: Humle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2009
Clear, amber color with brown hues. Medium sized slightly beige head that settles into some lacings. Some citric and peppery hop aromas, floral notes, fudge, earth and boiled vegetables. Nothing spectacular, and rather week smell, but still kind of good. The taste is not very powerful, but again, it’s still quite good. I was afraid that there would be lots of flavors of boiled vegetables (considering the smell), but that wasn’t the case. Tasty citric hops quickly develops into a flavor of sweet malts with a gentle caramel character. Some grains, fudge, earth and boiled carrots (but as notes above, the taste of boiled vegetables is neither strong or irritating). Diacetyls are present, but restrained. The finish is gently bitter with bready malts, grass, peppery hops and just a hint of minerals. Moderate body, quite smooth. Very low, almost too low, carbonation. Not bad at all, easy to drink and quite refreshing. I could definitely see myself drinking this one again. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2009 Lovely hazy amber color when poured, light head retention. Nice balance of the malt and hops on the nose. Very mild ale, the hops and malt don’t over power each other, with hop being the last on the tongue. Good level of carbonation and mouthfeel. (old bottle btw)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Dark golden to orange in color with an off white head. The smell is malts, floral, fruits, hops, and earthy. The taste is about the same as the smell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle. Rich copper in color, very floral, malty aroma, spicy, hoppy, some malt flavor. Medium body and a crisp, clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
On tap at the Gingerman Fort Worth. Faint yet pleasant smell, great taste, nice aftertaste. Surprising.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkSong (357) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a medium sized white head. Smells of hops, caramel and candied orange. It has a strong earthy hop taste, a pine taste, flower taste and a caramel taste. I thought this was a very good beer.

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