RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Inspired by Northern Californias brewing history, this California Bitter is as inviting as the Redwoods. Smooth and drinkable, this ale has a well rounded malt character accented by Cascade and Centennial Dry Hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009

Name: Nor Cal ESB
Date: April 17, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: The Pint House, Asheville
Appearance: clear amber, fine off white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, nice earthy hops
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots of fuggels, light balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 18, 2009
Tap at Rattle n Hum (Its east coast premier). Thanks Eyedrinkale! Pours a deep golden with an off white film of head. Fruity American hop aroma- peachy and fresh (Amarillo?) with a soft crystal malt sweet background. Creamy light body with a rounded crystal malt sweetness in the flavor as well, that leads to a nice American hops fruitiness of peach and mango notes. Mildly bitter with some toasted husky notes and toast toward the finish. A simple session with robust flavor for the ABV (doesnt feel British).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2009
Tap at the brewpub. Light brown pour with a hefty white head. Citrus aroma also some biscuity malt business going on. I wouldnt go so far as to say that this has an IPA level of hops like a prior reviewer did, but it certainly does pack a wallop for a sub 5% beer. Nice floral hop and crisp malt flavors. Solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2009
on tap at bear republic. clear amber with little to no head. smells of citrus hop and a bit of biscut. finishes clean with nice hop balance. great session beer with the low alc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
On tap at the Hopyard. Want a sessionable beer that actually tastes like something? This is your beer! At only 4.8%. this beer borders on the IPA taste scale in terms of hops. Pours a clear brown with white head. Not very carbonated - but definitely not oxidized. Aroma is slightly fruity and grassy. For a bitter, this has some good hop florals. The flavor is a nice bitter with fruity notes in between the breadyness of the malt.

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