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Texas BIG Beer Working Stiff Ale

Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 199   ABV: 6.62%
This is my personal favorite beer as a home brewer. I have brewed more batches of this beer than any other. I kept it on tap at my house continually. This is also my most medal winning beer of all time. I even entered it in the Samuel Adams TM Holiday Homebrew Competition back in about 2005 and it took first place in the category and the beer advanced to the final three. But, it did not get best of show. I was sad at the time, but happy as hell now, because if it had won, it would be Jim Cook’s beer! This beer is an ESB, which was the premium beer of the Working Man (Working Stiff) who frequented the pubs of London after a hard day’s work back in the mid 1800’s. It may be a 160 years later, but this beer is still the ULTIMATE TAP BEER!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephenj007 (120) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2016
Bomber pour, minimal bubbles and almost no head. Slightly opaque, orange, yellow hue. Looks very appealing in the glass. Aroma is light citrus, oranges, coriander, some other mild spice and hops. The orange peel is very prominent up front in the aroma. Taste is some hops bitterness up front, but moves quickly to a sweetness, I think from the citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, almost thick on the tongue. An interesting ale style brew. I think it would benefit from a bit more carbonation, and less of the citrus sweetness. I can definitely taste the hidden attributes of an ESB in this brew, they just need to be more true to the style. Overall, a nice brew. The orange attributes make this a good breakfast choice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7241) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2015
AD Beer & Wine - Garland, Tx - 22 oz bomber. Medium orange pour, soft off-white head. Nectarines and dough in the aroma, Flavor has some dried fruit roll-up flavor, some sweet toffee, some slight vinegary sour notes. Decently thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanscourt (1360) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2015
Pretty tasty. Would of never guessed it was an esb. Nice hoppy sweetness to end the palate. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2658) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2015
I’ve liked most of their other beers but hadn’t bothered to read the fine print so was totally expecting this to just be a better-than-macro pale lager, so pleasantly surprised! Malty with soft bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1269) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Light tan with orange hues, no head. Nose is honey and malt. Slightly more sweet than bitter. Middle is nutty biscuit with a light citrus jam. Finish is medium bitterness. Decent beer, better when not too cold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Never mind that the idiot owner of this brewery claims to have almost won a Sam Adams competition, he even spelled Jim Koch’s name wrong. Genius red neck Texas brewer. Pedestrian ESB. Not awful at all and a good price point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlihcsnatas (607) - Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Cloudy orange brew with not much head. The yeast at the bottom of the bottle tells me this is a real beer that is carbonated the old fashioned way. Lots of grapefruit hops in the aroma. Taste is citrus/herbal hops with some malt flavors showing up. Nice spice finish and aftertaste. Good brew but would like for it to have more a workin stiffs price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
6ROW (461) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Yellow pour with little to no head, high carbonation out of the bottle. Very light body , would have never guessed the ABV. I like it and would drink it agn.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a very mildly murky orange yellow color, razor edge thin white ring around the glass for a head. Aroma of biscuits, raw pizza dough, and an light note of an old ashtray that was forgotten years ago but still have some funk left in it. Hits the mouth with a light body, malt is there but is dominated by this really weird cigarette paper taste (like a Winston- not a Marlboro, Camel, or even ZigZags- striaight up Winston cigarette paper), as well as the glue that binds it, finish has more of these flavors come out, finish is just slightly bittering. Very odd.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle from a liquor store in Temple. Light pour with a big white head. Aroma is old cardboard and grain. Taste is a little astringent, hand-rolled cigarette paper, and light grain. Weird finish.

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