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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Our ESB starts with a lightly fruity, mildly sweet aroma. This comes from the unique English yeast chosen for fermentation and from the UK Goldings hops used in conditioning (dry hops). The bitterness of the hops greets the palate first, but the taste carries on to well-rounded carmel/toffee/biscuit maltiness. Imported malts as well as hops were chosen for brewing, and the blance between them defines this delicious brew. The aftertaste lingers, continuing the interplay of sweet-fruity-bitter...


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2010
On tap at Vintage. Poured clear light-medium golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up fresh lemon zest and floral hoppage over honey and pale malts.. a little bit of green apple on the back.. not as good when it warmed up. The flavor found semi-sweet pale, bread, and honeyed malts at the core.. dry floral and earthy bitterness surrounded.. a touch of vegetal character on the back-end. Medium-bodied at most on the palate, and on the dry side.. OK feel and flow.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7002) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2012
Sampled from the tap at the brew pub. Pours a clear amber gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a light grassy note with a hint of grapefruit and a grain backing. Flavor has a good amount of bread with a note of citrus and floral hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6970) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the brewpub. Clear orange pour with minimal white head. Nose of earthy/grassy hop. Smooth but lighter palate. Earthy hop flavor, grassy, some caramel. Very well balanced.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (6164) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2011
10/22/11. On tap at the brewpub. Clear dark golden pour with a small khaki head. Fruity, bready aroma with a touch of bitter hops. Bolder malt flavor with a big, grassy hop kick. Not too shabby.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Sampler flight on tap at Vintage Brewery (Madison, WI). Pours a rich amber golden hue, darker elements offer a good hazy body with frothy offwhite head atop that dies to a ring and laces ok. Aromas are touches of biscuits, toast, bready malts. Gentle growing dry bitter hops, earthy and floral slanted. Some gentle doughy yeast. Initial is lighter bodied overall with a distinct lemon grass element up frontzn dry floral and earthy hops offer some bitterness, quickly moving into some mellow toasty and bready malts. Lighter overall, some toast, some mellow sweetness, fairly crisp and clean, lighter bodied overall. A bit dry and bitter, light bodied. Pretty much enjoyed as far as a Bitter should go, a touch of girth puts it in the ESB range, I guess.. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On draught at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden amber colored brew with hint of copper highlights. Head is thick and slowly dissipating that leaves some excellent lacing. Aroma has a nice balance of fruity and citrus, a hint of cotton candy and multi-grain malt. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of dry roasted multi-grain malt, dried apples, with some mild bitterness. Finish is semi-dry and continues the mild bitterness with some biscuit malt aftertaste. A solid ESB throughout.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Draft. Unfiltered orange. Thin, oily head. Mellow, malty non-aroma. This one is pretty sub-par, some buttery tones, with some fruity English yeast flavors as well. Drinkable, but fails to capture the essence of the style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Clear copper with a thin tan head. Faint aroma with pale malts and mild fruit. Taste of light fruit, tannins, malt and a bit of viniousness. Minimal bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2011
Draft at Vintage. Pours a deep reddish copper with a sticky head. Nose is soft English hops and caramel malt. Slight vegetal note as well. On taste, the vegetal notes distract from the pleasing balanced malt bill. Some toffee and fresh Goldings build a solid profile, but the vegetal notes are just too distracting. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at brewpub
Sample number two was a beer that caught my eye at the festival. Due to time constraints (and the knowledge it was here) I never got around to getting a pour. I wish I would have snagged one as I was leaving. Light and refreshing it has a good balance of flavor that does not cling to the palate but doesn’t bore you either. This is one of those fallback safe beers that every brewpub should offer.

Aroma / Appearance - Semi-transparent coppery fluid swirls around the rim with a little ring of head. Mellow caramel chews and rosy hints brighten up the afternoon. Low key and easy on the senses it still has some backbone.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy hops begin the party with a bang. It’s not like an IPA but the noble hops liven up the tongue and throat. Butterscotch, caramel, and toffee make it well rounded. The finish leaves an impression that is good enough to remember. However it doesn’t fatigue the palate such that the remainder of the samples were not enjoyable either.


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