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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haggis03a3 (175) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Reddish amber color with white head. Nice citrus and earthy hop and a nutty caramel malt aroma. Good flavor with malt making a nice complex presence. Sharp and dry finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
wasnt sure what to expect with this one. the pour is a light orange, little hazy. white sudsy head. the aroma isnít very powerful, a little alcohol in the smell. The mouthfeel is good. The taste is a little bity/spicy on the front of the tongue and hoppy. Not much malt flavor to speak of but they didnít go too crazy on the hops. The aftertaste is sharp bitter but not overpowering. a good clean tasting beer. Iíve been drinking a lot of real heavy stuff lately and this is a good break. Something different. pretty drinkable. not remarkable but Iíll give it a good score. Not too up on this style. woo! Edit: one that gets sweeter the more you have. SESSION!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Poured a golden/orange color. The head was creamy and off-whtie. The aroma was slightly citrisy, a little hoppy, and some spice. The flavor was clean, hoppy, and some sweet malt. The palate was crisp and the finish, clean. The ESB style will never blow your mind, but for an ESB this is a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
orange tea color with a rocky white head....aroma of hops, malt and some sour...bitter from start to finish...thicker mouth feel than expected....crisp bitter finish...bitter like grapefruit rinds...nice and hoppy, but not like an IPA.....best ESB Iíve had so far

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raiderfost (169) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Never seen this one in Before and i was very excited to try a new Sierra nevada no matter what the style was. Very good ESB. 100!!!!!! yeah

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (7347) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle. Appearance: Clear copper, thin beige head. Aroma: Floral and citrus hops. Palate: Medium. Flavor: Flowery and earthy with an interesting flash of spice. Some citrus, caramel malt as well. Overall: This must be a brand new beer... it says 2008 at the top of the bottle. Good well rounded taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmo32087 (29) - USA - JAN 16, 2008
Very refreshing, a nice light orange color with a medium head and full flavors. Not the best taste but it leaves a clean feel with a slight sugary aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Orion1800 (53) - Piedmont, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
I am always a fan of sierra nevada hop styles, usually floral cascade with a nice citrus tatse and bitter bite. This beer is no different. In fact, the extra bitterness over regular pale ale is quite fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
junon (429) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Oh Jesus. Thank you for this beer. Its been a rough night of imported Pilsner after Lager after Pilsner. Good good American micro brew. Sierra Nevada really did good with this batch(2008). Crisp amber with thin lacing. Aroma is packed with hotness. Flavor is spicy with great bite. Great carbonation. Clings to the walls of my mouth with lingering after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
I did a double take when I saw this, not having remembered it not hearing about it in advance. Nice to get a surprise every now and then. Medium amber, decent head. Aroma is caramel malt and some earthy and citric hops. Flavor is up front hoppy bitterness, with more citric notes, some spiciness, and earthiness as well. Caramel balances out the finish. Nicely done, I liked this quite a bit.

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