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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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With a bracing, firm hop presence this classic, British 'Extra Special Bitter' features the beguiling interplay of tangy hops and the fruity overtones of our special yeast. Rich, imported British malts add depth of character. Fuller in body that an average 'session' beer, this amber ale satisfies fully. Draft only.


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4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (702) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2013
On tap at brewpub. Copper pour with marshmallowy off-white head. Earth, caramel, nuts, citrus. Moderately bitter and sweet. Crisp, medium body.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4694) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Tap. Pours a clear amber with a tight off-white head. The nose is dry toasty malt with some nice bright English hops. The flavor is more bitter than most ESBís, lots of toasted malt that lingers nicely, nicely dry though thereís a touch of fruitiness. Lighter bodied with soft gentle carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style Iíd say. Maybe a touch too hoppy for an ESB purist, but itís delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (610) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Tap. Light orange pour with a thinner than expected head. Tea, earth, toffee, floral, and bread. Medium body with good carbonation and clean finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2014
draft @ redlight redlight. Fruity caramel notes on the nose. Pours orange with a reddish hue and dense white head. A fruitiness upfront with bread malts following finishes dry with grassy hop notes. Not bad, not bad at all!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1143) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Tap at Coles. Lovely. Pours light orange with limited head but lots of lacing. Nose is quiet. Notes of English tea, earthy bitterness, limited toffee and some light fruit in background. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with lively carbonation, pretty dry finish. Awesome!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (960) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Hands down one of the best Iíve ever had of this style. I tried 16 beers at Victory and this was the best of the lot. So smooth, with an amazingly full body despite low ABV. Incredible lacing. YUM!!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2273) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Copper colored body, large white head, spotty lacing. Cereals, toasted malt, floral and grassy hops. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, clean and crisp finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2013
hazy amber, puffy large, large bubbled white head sinks fast to dormant volcano. Delicate, wood and resin ladened nose, lightly floral bouquet bursting forth from freshly sewed lawn. Flavor is more singular, soft carbonation appropriately allows for grass and tea, faint bread crust mid before rich, warm toast in finish. Awesome example, been so long since a low carbed esb graced my lips. Victory reminding all "trail-blazing" craft brewers again that brewing to style can be just as good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Cask at the brewery A: Pours a transparent copper color with a medium-sized white cap. Retention is decent S: Soft pale malts give a light toasty note, hops give lots of earthy and spicy notes. Well balanced, and definitely English T: The low carbonation + the cask makes this really English. Subtle hops and malts are nicely balanced. Hops are spicy, earthy, slightly citrusy. Malts are light, slightly bready, and balance well MF/D: Carbonation is low, body is medium for the style. Finish is of spicy hops

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Sampled on cask at Zenos in State College PA this beer poured a dark orange color with a small tan head that faded quickly and left good lacing. The aroma was faint with notes of orange and honey. The flavor was orange blossom, honey and caramel - somewhat bitter with light floral and fruity undertones. The finish was long honey, orange and caramel. Moderately full bodied. Ok.


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