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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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.


titan99's rating

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
titan99 (24) - USA - AUG 15, 2001
I really thought I would like this beer more. The amber color suggested much more flavor than was present. No real taste here, just a little bitterness. My wife liked it so this almost always means it is not that good.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Larry_Duffman (342) - - JUN 27, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours amber with a white head and lacing. The aroma is caramel and floral hops. The taste is caramel, nut, and slightly bitter hops. The bitter mixes nicely with the caramel sweetness. This is a nicely balanced and sessionable ale.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (9481) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear copper brown with medium off white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is bread and floral. Medium mouth, cocoa, toffee, grain, bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
katrinaez (1180) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Yellowish clear appearance with a hoppy aroma. Taste of pine and citrus. Good ale but not amazing. On tap at cask fest.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5405) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle from Perfect Pour. Nice ameber body with slight head. Nose is spicy and hoppy. Taste spicy with good hops and caramel in there. Smooth carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (1701) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours copper-amber with a one finger off white head with decent lacing. Aroma is of toasted bready malts, caramel, sweet malts, floral hops, toffee, light pine, and light grassy hops. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a slightly watery mouthfeel and a mostly sweet, medium finish. Overall, a pretty nice bitter that is easy drinking.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ffaoe (414) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2015
slight malt aroma. brown and clear in color with light head. balanced flavor, bold caramels malts, slight roastyness, slight hop finish

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17Beer (195) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 2, 2015
Aroma of sour fruit and caramel. Pours golden brown with a thin off-white head. Good lacing. Tastes of leather and nuts. Oily mouthfeel an some fizz. A light lingering almost salty finish. Pretty nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nittanytide (262) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Poured copper with a medium, foamy head. Grassy aroma. Taste is grass with a little bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroadestTom (362) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Aroma caramel, roasty, Appearance amber, red, clear, frothy, tan foam, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, creamy, average carbonation, Overall I would suggest this beer to a friend

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pressboxjoe (398) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2015
From a bottle. Dark amber with fluffy 1-inch off-white head. I pounded this beer, which had a nose of malty bubblegum and a mild malty flavor with a whiff of hops. There is not much going on with this beer and at 6% it’s not quite a session beer, which is too bad. But it’s a nice quaffable drink when you’re thirsty.


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