RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.7
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a dark copper color with a nice looking eggshell white foamy head. Dissipates fairly slow. Some messy stringy lace. The aroma takes on some cereal notes, some grain / sly sweet biscuit. Then spicy/citrusy bitter to semi-sweet and earthy hops. The flavor lends a hand to the quaint biscuit maltiness initially, and then the hops seem to leave some dry end bookmarks to make it hard to really pick out any sort of further tastes. Malty aftertaste and dry malty sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionable smooth stroll along my tongue. Some carbonation, and the ABV feels spot on. Overall, in my opinion, I’d say this was a pretty good ESB worthy of having again.

3.5
ChadPolenz (1800) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Its best before month was notched at August 2013. It cost $4 ($0.18 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark copper to brown proper hue. Hazy but translucent, not opaque. Forms a large, white, soapy head which retains and laces quite well.

Smell: Standard British pub ale aroma of cereal and a hint of spicy/citrusy hops.

Taste: No beer is more difficult to review than those that conform to their style and don’t have anything particularly unique to them. That’s how I feel about Berkshire Mountain Brewers ESB - it’s a good beer and it exemplifies the style quite well (especially for an American version), but going into detail about it will be challenging.

This is the type of beer I would pair with breakfast. It has a lot of flavors that would be perfect in that setting. Firstly, there’s a cinnamon toast flavor present. British pub style ales tend to have a bready or toasty character, and this one does too. I swear I get a wisp of cinnamon in the aftertaste. Secondly, there’s an orange marmalade taste as well. It’s brewed with Fuggles and East Goldings hops, which might account for a hint of citrus, though the malts are definitely doing most of the work here. There’s mild bitterness on the second half, along with some dryness, but despite the style’s name these beers aren’t intended to be of IPA or even pale ale-level hoppiness. This would be a good introductory brew of the style, but those looking for excitement and pizzazz might be disappointed.

Drinkability: There’s no challenge in drinking Berkshire Mountain Brewers ESB, though not that there should be. The mouthfeel isn’t too heavy, but is noticeably soft and a bit tepid, but it goes down easily. Drinking one bottle alone is satisfying with its relatively light weight of only 5% ABV.

3
jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2012
From the tap poured a straw color poured with a fair amount of head. Light hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

3.3
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO’s Back in the UK tasting, 22nd May 2010. Slightly hazy amber with a quite grassy hop nose. Lively palate is not too English but this is definitely drinkable.

3.3
madmitch76 (24360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2010
22nd May 2010. ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting! Hazy gold beer, little frothy white head. Lagerish malt, soft and dry. Then a little hoppy fruit including bitter grapefruit. Finishes dry.

3
fonefan (48579) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2010

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ chrisos Back In The UK Tasting.

[ As Berkshire Mountain ESB ].
Light unclear medium yellow orange color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, vegetable notes, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100522]

3
cgarvieuk (24156) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2010
bottle at Chris-O ... amber ... light orange fruit nose ... bitter orange ... hop linger ... very light malt ... I had this under organic... but we recon it was just the ESB... no idea how i screwed up ... but moved with the consensus

3.6
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2010
22oz bomber. Color is lighter than the IPA which I found surprising. Taste is malt through and through with a lingering presenence of toasted nuts of some variety. The head presents itself for a full on malt explosion and the taste draws you in. The earthy undertone brings forth a relaxing state of mind when ingesting slowly. Nice brew.

3
j12601 (10871) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a golden amber with a touch of haze and a thick creamy white head. Lightly sweet, crisp citrus, touches of caramel. Crisp, grainy, earthy malt and hops. Finishes with a lingering earthy bitterness and a bit of grain.

3.6
hayduke (5187) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 7, 2009
From a draft pour at the Egremont Inn tavern in Egremont, MA this bitter came a slightly hazy amber with a nice white head and good sticky lacing rings. Nose of caramel malts with some floral tinges and light cookie dough. Mouthfeel is lively and suitable for a bitter. Flavor is strongly bitter and tehr is some spices. Finish is quite bitter Good for its type.


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