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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1538) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1077) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2003
on cask. Wonderful, thick and foamy oatmeal head gives you something to dive into. Aroma a bit muted. Pretty much hits the commercial description, nice balance with fruity and mildly spicy characters, and a firm malty sweetness throughout. Clean finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pabobcat (15) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2003
Nice Malt and Hops mix. Orange color with tight head. Good beer, nice hot summer session beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 A clear dark ale with a good crisp light colored head. Not an ESB, but a drinkable, interesting, complex local beer, with plenty of hops and malt. So far my favorite from Yards. // Astringent, dry nutty finish.

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