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RATINGS: 345   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 Ď90s. 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Had this from hand pump at their XMas party. Was more hoppy thn when I had it before, thatís a good thing. Nice solid bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcarroll2 (28) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Great ESB, very complex with a nice balance of bitter & fruity flavors, excellent head that remained throughout, with a nicely hopped finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sockeye (4) - USA - NOV 18, 2002 does not count
Very nice beer in the style of an English bitter. Have had hand-drawn cask conditioned batches that seem to be a bit hit-or-miss. Maybe the beer engines havenít been kept clean at some of the Philly bars where Iíve had sour-tasting Yardís. In a bottle, itís consistently a fine, fresh, beer with a nice balance of bitter and fruity flavors with a nice malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2002
I donít know if it was because it was a cold rainy night in Philly but I just love the taste of this hand pumped beer. Great stuff!! John

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2002
This stuff is wicked. Beatiful color, bottle conditioned, very tasty. When I poured it, the sediment on the bottom poured out in a thick clump and plopped into the bottom of my glass. It looked like a hairball. Totally sweet, dude. Rich, hoppy (but not overly), and altogether one of the best bitters Iíve had in a while. Quite complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2002
Wow this was a great beer. Yards claims that some of their beers are bitter but I dont taste it. This Ale was absolutly wonderful. Yards kicking ass again!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2002
It was ok, not great and no where near bad. I will drink if offered but donít think I will buy it much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2002
CASK: Average amber appearance w/ no head. Had an interesting aroma w/ hints of mango in it. The taste was lightly hoppy w/ a rosie/flowery backblow. Definite hints of mango in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 7, 2002
On tap GABF í02: Orange, bold and malty. The best bitter that Iíve ever had. Bold flavor and lasts forever.

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