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Sierra Nevada Early Spring Beer (ESB)

 (RETIRED)
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RATINGS: 745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Krausen's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Krausen (102) - USA - FEB 25, 2008
Wow this was a nice surprise! Balanced malt and hop profile with a floral, spicy woody aroma and flavor. Great grainy, fat malt body but just enough bitterness to balance without being offensive. Crisp, Clean, & Hoppy. What did you expect from Sierra?


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2013
An average beer by Sierra’s standards. Earthy with subtle fruitiness. Plenty of grassy hops and a bit of citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (1653) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
Smak och doft av malt och mycket humle med toner av örter och mörktbröd. Bra beska med mycket humlesmak.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2013
I enjoyed the taste and nose. Balance was a bit off, but still decent. Not one of the Sierra Nevada’s I would regularly seeking out but I wouldn’t turn that subtle bing of spiciness on deliver with this brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricktop86 (567) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 8, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2069) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2011
Fylligare och starkare än SN pale ale. Annars är allt sig likt från detta citruskådabeska bryggeri. Vacker bärnstensfärg.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Pours a clear copper with the slightest of haze, with a head that bubbles up and settles at a healthy pace. Citric, piney American hops blend with bitter, mineral-laced British cousins, all coupled with a modestly fruit-tinged malt base. Sierra Nevada ESB creeps up on you; the flavors mingle and open up as the beer warms, making for a great little spring surprise. (2/3/09) NOTE: I wish Sierra Nevada would do two things: Make their Glissade Spring Seasonal their year-round lager, then return their proper Spring beer back to its home.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
A: The pour is amber-orange in color with a large white head and some streaky lacing. S: Very crisp on the nose. Clean citrus hops, toasted malts, and a nice clean breadiness. Some yeast notes to it as well. I also pick up some floral hops and maybe just a touch of grass. T: Decently bitter with good citrus, floral, and grassy hop flavors. Clean bread and toasted malt flavors to go along with the hop profile. A touch of yeast and slightly dry on the finish. M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation. O: I really liked this beer and I wish that Sierra Nevada hadn’t retired it. Really easy to drink and good clean flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3897) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2011
From memory, this ESB is relatively dry for the style and the US hops make it unique compared to most ESBs, due to the hop bite. A good, unique take on the ESB style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Pours nice orange with white head. Aroma has notes of grass, earth, some pine. Taste is nice balance of grass, earth, leading into biscuit with a nice bitter finish. Pretty good ESB.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Tap. Pours a deep bright copper with a thin lasting white head- some lace. Aroma is herbal grassy light tea light citrus and some toffee and light caramel. Flavor is also slightly earthy and tea with flowery hops- with light biscuit, toffee, and some clean light crystal and toast- mostly clean finish with a slight mineral hint which makes it pretty easy drinking. Mineral turns to slight chalkiness as it warms. Still good though.


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