The Civil Life ESB
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Leave it to the Brits to make distinctions between beers (bitters) that are Ordinary, Special, and Extra Special when in reality they are all super Awesome. Think of them as pale ales with slightly different jobs to do: Ordinary is your morning beer (low abv), The Special is for afternoon (a bit more...), and The Extra Special (ESB) as your sipper for a fine meal and long-winded discussions amongst friends. We built our ESB with Marris Otter and some Crystal Malt that lends a nice burnt sugar note and Chinook bittering hops offering a slightly rustic bitterness. Obviously we kept to England for the finishing hops - Fuggle all the way home.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5779) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is caramel malt and biscuits. Flavor is sweet malt light floral/earthy hop presence. Medium body with good carbonation. nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (2096) - Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Tap - small foamy head, clear medium copper color, good balanced aroma and flavor, earthy hops and bready malt, not a bad ESB at all ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4001) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pour is a clearish brown with a small whit white. Aroma is a nice caramel malt. Flavor is a very nice earthy British malt with some black bread and toffee. This is a solid ESB and very true to the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (2107) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Dark amber. Great flavor. No lacing. Caramel. Decently bitter, pretty malty. Fairly good esb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2013
On tap at Civil Life. What a treasure! This is a classic English ESB no different (and better than some) than you’ll find in your favorite country pub in the UK. Pours a clear pale amber with a nice full slightly off white head. Taste is caramel and biscuits and a mellow maple sweatness that is delish. Quality ale to say the least!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Tasted on tap at the brewery in a nonic glass on Father’s Day/Bloomsday. It poured a mostly clear copper colour with persistent white foam and lace. Grainy, very biscuity, caramelly, bready, a hint of aromatic toast, with classic earthy and flowery English hops traits, hints of berry and citrus fruit. Absolutely perfect English ale esters, and just the right amount of residual sweetness, medium body and carbonation and well-rounded mouthfeel. Complex bittersweet aftertaste. Another delicious, true-to-style English ale from Civil Life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Draft. Pours a clear deep copper color with a thin light tan head. Aroma is very reminiscent of the Civil Life American Brown, toasted malts with heavy nutty notes. Flavor is nutty sweet up front with a mild bitterness in the back end. Body is pretty light with a mild carbonation and a lasting nutty sweetness. Overall a pretty tasty beer, but not really what I’d call an ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5855) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours reddish brown with a beige head. The aroma has earthy / fruity British yeastiness, lightly toasted malt, caramel, syrup, earthy hops and apples. Medium crisp husky body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with a moderate amount of sweetness, lots of earthiness, light toffee and a hint of berries. The finish has earthy and spicy hops and dries out a bit. Nice ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Draft at the brewpub, served in a nonic half pint glass. Pours amber with a finger of off-white head that sticks for quite a while. The aroma is definitely malt-forward, and malty throughout, for that matter; lots of cereal, with toasted sugar and grassy hops. The hops show up a little more in the flavor and add some grassy and earthy notes to a solid malty base, with some wood and toasted sugar. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice, easy sipping ESB.

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