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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Brilliant light amber in color with a thick white head. Tangy british hop aroma with light grass, melons and some lemons. Lightly toasted graininess, some caramel lots of quick citrus and melon flavor. Very chewy and meaty with a crisp finish. OVerall a real nice quaffer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle. Label reads "Early Spring Beer." Aroma mildly fruity. Pours copper, with stable white head creating distinct lacing during drink. Despite nice head, carbonation does not overwhelm, and the mouth feel is smooth. easy to drink. Flavor is very dry (like most of S.N.ís beers), with little intense maltiness, just light biscuit/toast. 80% of flavor profile comes from grapefruit-rind, woody hops. Would have preferred better balance, or slightly more refined hopping.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2008
This beer is quite light. It is thin and though can pour with a large head, dies down before too long. The flavour and palate are not overly complex, with a tinge of bittersweetness. Goes well with HARIBO Raspberries candies available at World Market. Iím surprised Iím only the 4th rater for this beer - must be brand new, eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle from BevMo. This brew pours a medium amber color with a small beige head. Nice floral aroma with a good mixture of hops. A tad yeasty as well. Nice spicy quality to go along with some hop bitterness. Bitter finish. Solid ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2008
I just saw it and picked it up. Solid ale; glad they kept it under 6% for us Alabama folks. Nice bitterness, almost club soda aftertaste. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Wow, First rater, Surprising, but this beer did just come out today at my local beer store, Samís Blue Light. Pours an orange amber with a fizzywhite head that lasts. Aroma displays a little sweet malt and some earthy bitter hops. Flavor is slightly bitter with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Whatís with Sierraís love for the English?

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