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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our first ever and most beloved brew, ESA helped establish a following for cask-conditioned beer in the United States back in the ‘90s. East Kent Golding hops give this English style ale a subtle spiciness, which compliments its strong malt backbone. Hints of chocolate and caramel round out this deep chestnut colored ale. Floral, earthy, smooth.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Cloudy copper/amber, dense offwhite head and good lace. Some floaties. Aroma of floral hops, some citrus, esters, and even a wee bit of pine as it warms. Toffeelike malt, nice solid hop flavor much like the aroma, with a nice bitter finish. Very slightly yeasty. Becomes more complex as it warms, props to the Philly Adams Mark hotel bar for not freezing their glasses. Hell, props to them for stocking a local micro, unlike most hotel bars. Quite pleasing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6675) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2003
White head , amber , aromatic . Some hoppiness , fresh and drinkable .White head , amber , aromatic . Some hoppiness, fresh and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
copper colour, white head. nice hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit. full bidied mouthfeel. good citrus hoppiness with a bit of malt and smoke. nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Reddish amber appearance with a fast fading head, Yeast and malt in the aroma. Nicely balanced hop flavor. Very smooth with a mild bite in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
Extra good hops aroma, orange, with a small creamy head. Hoppy bite, followed by a nice touch of malt. Full bodied, and a drying finish. A bold rendition.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
Dark amber-copper. Light tan head. Fresh grapefruit & pine needles on the nose. Resiny feel. Nice lemony, piny, grapefruity flavour w/ good malt background.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Hoppy and spicy-sweet aroma. The flavour is a nice blend of chocolaty malt and bitter hops. Finishes dry and leaves your tongue with a decent tingle of hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2003
One extra special ale, indeed. Poured a hazy cider color, creamy tan head. Aroma of heavy hops and malts, spicy in the hop aroma. Flavor is of caramel malts, medium hops, and fruit esters. A little acidic. Very nice finish. Dry and a biy of bitterness. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 Very nice first impression of this ESA?.Nice twist on the style(ESB).Pours out dARK YET TRANCEPARENT IN GOOD LIGHT.Pretty decent lacing throughout.Reminds of a hemp seed brew? I like this alot. Balance is here if you like bitter beers like Ipa's & what not.Great beer Yards!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2003
More of an IPA than a Bitter, due to its fairly complex hoppy flavor. A little spice, to boot. OK.


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