RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The national drink of England is an ale called "Bitter," designated as "Ordinary," "Best" and "Extra Special Bitter," or ESB, depending on its body and strength. Our version is coppery red and medium-bodied. Its tangy hop character is nicely balanced by the biscuit-like flavor of specially roasted barley malt.

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4.2
gripweed57 (2868) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2017
From old tasting notes. Copper colored with a fine creamy beige head. Soft fruity toasted malt aroma. Wonderfully complex caramel malt flavor with herbal hop overtones. Sweet malt/hop finish is long and flavorful. Very true to that ESB style.

3.5
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Frederick Brewing Company--Blue Ridge ESB Red Ale--1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle--4.80% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) ESB--Pretty clear bright light copper red color. Earth floral hop aroma backed by malty biscuity lightly roasted body. Hop spice touch in flavorful finish. Balanced with rich flavor despite light body. Sampled 6/29/1999. Frederick Brewing Company--Blue Ridge Brewing Company--Blue Ridge ESB Red Ale--2001 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.40% ABV--35 IBU’s. (3.5 / 5.0 ) ESB--Clear thin copper red color. Creamy white head with light lace. Mild earthy floral hop front. Light textured ESB body with mild toasted bisquit fruit notes. Dry sweet. Mild hop ESB end. Sampled 6/24/2001.

3.4
Goodgrief (2059) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Sept. 2006 - Another good effort from the Blue Ridge folks. Pour was amber colored with decent head and some lacing. The aroma was citrusy. The flavor was caramel, bready sweet with a citrusy hop bite. Well balanced. Good bee

3.5
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Found this offering at a wedding last night. Pours amber/red (go figure) with a nice thick head that takes a little time to die down. Smells predominantly of hops with a little fruit and malt. Starts out tasting of a little malt and fruity followed by a kick of hops. Finishes dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is very smooth with some nice body and carbonation. A seviceable brew, especially for a wedding. Worth a try.

3.4
RSRIZZO (2032) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Had this beer on 9/14/1999. Aroma is malty. Color deep amber. Taste tangy, crisp and bitter. Starting with a light body that goes down with a crisp malt flavor . Finish is a sharp bitterness.

2.6
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Blue Ridge ESB Real Ale
Date: 01/01/1994
Mode: Draft
Source: Capitol City, DC

Good strong bitter. Makes a statement.

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: *4
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3.1
ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle. Aroma is caramel and biscuit, sweet and malty. Light flowery fruitiness. Pours a hazy, coppery amber with a short-lived tan head. Medium-light bitterness is slightly exceeded by a rounded sweetness. Mild fruitiness with light floral hops. Medium body with a smooth (almost creamy), lightly prickly mf that calls for attention. Dry, slightly hoppy aftertaste. Not bad at all!

3.4
Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2006
A pretty good hometown beer, I sampled poured from the bottle. The color was a dark orange-reddish with a thin tan head. The beer tastes pretty bitter with a slight touch of malty sweetness; it is also mildly sour.The aroma is dominantly malty with a possible hint of fruityness. It had fizzy carbonation and a medium body with a slick texture. The most inventive and rewarding of the Blue Ridge beers I have sampled so far.

3.5
raymow (1789) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2006
A pretty good ESB - I just had a keg of Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady ESB in my beer meister and I actually wish I had had this one instead. It has a nice reddish color and very good flavor. I don’t think ESB is one of my favorite styles anymore, but this one was rather drinkable, all the same.

3.1
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2006
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a short blurb on the left side of label and a unmarked best before date on the right side. Made a satisfactory appearance, poured an amber hued copper with a foamy, clingy white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a piney, earthy, lemony grassy nose with a sweet grainy malt background. A smoothly bitter, crisp light bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Tobacco and earthy grassiness with a touch of lemon, a gentle rolling hop bitterness, balanced by a sweet, toasted barley maltiness with a light butteriness creeping in and a sweet malty and tobacco grassy finish, very tasty. A decent ESB from Blue Ridge, a tad too light bodied for me, but very quaffable.


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