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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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.


4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2002
I don’t 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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 27, 2004
on cask@standard tap in philadelphia. came out looking pale amber and with one of those cask heads that you know will only last a minute or two. very fresh, orchard aroma. some orange and toffee and plum, then quite a hard and bitter finish, seemingly more bitter with each swig. very full, that whole thing of giving you some flavour and then taking it away to leave you wanting more

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - MAR 5, 2001
Very authentic tasting english style ale. Very good!

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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ashkern (1) - - APR 28, 2013 does not count
One of the best ales I've had. Smooth and refreshing, and the flavor doesn't leave for wanting. --rated by smash on bb.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nr3254111 (4) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012 does not count
Overall a well rounded cask aged beer. Nutty, malty flavor with a slight sweet note. Mild hop and oaky notes make for a clean mouthfeel and palate pleasing beer.

4.2
   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!

4.2
   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 I’ve had in a while. Quite complex.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 Poured a yellow orange color with a large fluffy very light pink head. Very big bubbles graced the side of the glass. It took me a while to pour this. Aroma of fruits and hops, some spice present as well. Meanwhile I still have not poured the whole beer into the pint glass. At this point I feel like I am fighting with the beer just to fit it all in here. Bitter citrus flavor, some slight roast malt in the back. Their commercial description fits this beer perfectly. Rerate from a handpump... Having this beer on cask is truly an experience! Malty, sweet, hoppy, beautiful!


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