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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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.


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 (706) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1153) - 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.

3.9
   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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2003
Pours amber with a good size head, but with thin lacing. Good hops in the aroma and flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2003
020711 case code (Why no bottling date?); December 20, 2002 tasting notes: The strangest ESB ever; pours very dark with a light-colored head. Initial banana, then chocolate, then a hint of vodka-like alcohol. Less of the funky, musty malt taste here than in other, earlier Yard's offerings, and much hoppier than those same offerings. Still, very strange, yet very tasty.


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