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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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle. Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, grass, orange. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (150408)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 17, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours almost clear orange with a fully diminished white head. Light spiced and almost fruity hops aroma. Light liqourice hops flavour and with a dry caramel malt base. Dry hoppy finish with a mild fruity note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34307) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with some floating sediment under a huge beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel as well as grassy hoppy notes. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of hops, lending it elderflowers and grass, with some caramel. The body is thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle. Clear orange coloured with a medium sized off white ehad. Fruity aroma of hops and pine needles. Fruity flavour of hosp and pine needles with notes of grass. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2008
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Deep golden colour, small white head. Aroma is hops, grass and some fruits. Flavour is fruity and grassy hops. Quite earthy and caramelly too as it warms up a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2008
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of joergen/BelJohansen. Clear, deep golden with an off-white head. Fresh English aroma hops in the nose. Medium body, some nutty accents and caramel with a fairly bitter finish. Actually I find it rather close to a genuine British ESB. 140408

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23423) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2008 Bottled. Hazy amber with rich head. Lovely fresh hoppy citrus aroma. Light-medium bodied with crisp malt character, but cookie malt distinguishes it from most American Pale Ales. Hops dominate thoroughly. Aromatic and resiny with bergamott and and grapefruit - this is way more US West Coast style than English. The malt character however is more inviting than most American microbrews, making it a more multifacetted beer. Long, resiny bitter finish. The best new Sierra Nevada beer I had in many years!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (22977) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2008
Draught @ Bishops Arms, Malmö. Pours a clear amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Hasa fruity malty and hoppy aroma with some citrus hints. Sweet malty flavor with some nice floral hoppy hints and some hints of citrus. Sweet malty fruity finish with a hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle at home .. amber ... slight sweet big pale ale hop ... heavy carbonation ... heavy bitterness ... little pine ... not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2009
Sampled this ESB at my college pub during senior year. The brew has a lovely hop aroma. The color was copper red with a light head. Flavor was rich, mildly bitter and crisp. Tasty beer with a nice alcohol content.

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