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Sierra Nevada Early Spring Beer (ESB)

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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
I love the balance of this beer. I could drink this all day! This and the pale ale would make great summer concert beers!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2008
12oz bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber-red body with around an inch of off-white head. Grapfruit is a strong presence in the aroma, along with a fair bit of caramel malt. Tastes like a fine balance of citrusy American hops and some caramel and biscuit malt - overall sweet. Medium bodied with a fair bit of carbonation to make this beer more refreshing than it may otherwise be. Extremely tasty and pleasant. While different than any other example of the style (and may not exemplify what I look for from the style) but this is definitely one of the best beers I’ve had in quite some time. Very impressed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5596) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle: Pours a nice golden brown color with a big sticky head that dwindles down to a stoic 1/4 inch. The aroma is grassy, fruity and robust. The beer drinks with a very nice British malt undertow, topped with a unique pairing of American hoppiness. I love this marriage in a delicious brew. (#3340, 3/2/2008)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (1942) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2008
Bottle from Oddbins, Edinburgh. Poured a hazy dark orange colour with a decent off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with some sweet maltiness.and a hint of orange. Flavour is very well balanced and there is lots going on, with a subtle spiciness mingling beautifully with the hops, malt abd citrus. A great marriage. The finish is great too, rich, dry and bitter. Wonderful - smooth, cirsp and well bodied. A pleasure to drink, as good beer should be. Another pleae !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Orion1800 (51) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2008
A nice seasonal from SN. this is a dark blonde beer that has a nice head. Malty on the front end, hoppy on the back. Would be a good session beer, great Super Bowl Beer!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2008
I thought this was one killer ass brew...Looks very similar to their Celebration Ale, very dark with a fluffy head. Smells sort of spicy and hoppy with some malts.... Wonderfully smooth taste and mouthfeel. An awesome offering from Sierra Nevada. Loved this beer, loved it....

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2008
A fantastic ESB, hazy orange color, very generous off-white head, great balance in the aroma with lots of hops and sweet maltiness, also notes of orange peel & yeast in the nose, very well-rounded & delicous flavors with lots of spiciness, flavors of bread, orange, coriander & of course abrasive hops, spicy, dry & rich finish & aftertaste, extremely delicious brew

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2008
Bottle. Orange-copper coloured body. Has a quite foamy and big yellowish head at first but it sinks. Aroma is fruity, fresh, hopy and has some apples. Flavor is caramel, nuts, hops, malty and some apples as well. It´s quite bitter and dry in the finish. I like this type of brew!

4.1
   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.


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