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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An English-style Extra Special Bitter (ESB). The perfect pub pint to share with your mates. Public Ales name is an ode to a sessionable style that not only has been commonly found in English public houses for centuries, but can be enjoyed today by everyone within our Community. ​ ESB was originally brewed by the English brewery Fuller, Smith & Turner of London (Fullers ESB) in the mid 20th century as a winter ale. At Community Beer Company we appreciate this timeless, quaffable beer style and will bring it to you year round as our Public Ale. In reverence to the best ESBs of England, we brew it with nearly all English ingredients: 100% English malts, a blend of English, German and American hops, our house ale English yeast strain and of course our own crystal clear, filtered water. The subtle complexities of this beer begin with a base of 100% Maris Otter English pale malt prized for its superior, rich, bready taste which adds a malt complexity that is difficult to achieve with modern, higher yielding malt varieties. English crystal malt increases the malt complexity, brings amber color and some residual sweetness, all of which mingles well with the fully expressed fruity esters developed by our house ale yeast during fermentation. While the hops are noticeable, they are part of an integrated whole, leaving the beer very well balanced and drinkable. Tasting Notes: Fruity esters and malt greet the nose with a hint of herbal/spicy hops. Flavor is rich, bready malt with a complex fruity ester character balanced by the moderate use of a blend of English, German and American hops. Specifications: Beer Style............................ESB Color:....................................Copper Recommended Glass........Imperial Pub  Original Gravity..............................14 Plato Alcohol By Volume..........................5.5% International Bitterness Units......38

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2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
On tap in an English pint glass at beer release party at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas. Pours a light clear copper with a decent head off white head. Taste was mostly bready not much distinction for the hops and not notice any of the mentioned fruitiness. Good mouthfeel with a clean finish. I wasnt too impressed, but then again I am not much of an ESB drinker. I am still looking forward to their other offerings.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bratschepeter (56) - Abilene, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2016
12oz bottle. An attractive copper color with a good, frothy white head; several millimeters of head remain with some mildly sticky lacing on the glass. Nice Vienna Lager-like malty aroma - a bit sweet-sour with a touch of caramel, not really any noticeable hop presence. Taste is quite light, a mild increase in the sweetness of the malt without any trace of bitterness. Not highly carbonated, light mouthfeel, finishes fairly dry with a hint of a caramel-toffee aftertaste. Definitely a refreshing easy drinker.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bronzan (158) - Windsor, California, USA - JUN 27, 2016
I feel bad about bringing the average down on this one, but I rate on my preference. This was far too malty for my taste. Couldnt even finish it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlihcsnatas (639) - Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Found this in bottles... yeah!! Hazy amber with small head that fades fast. Smells of caramel candy and the taste is mostly caramel and toffee with a slightly spiced aftertaste. All around pretty decent brew. Didnt go well with this muggy afternoon but can see settling down to a 12 pack of this long about Oct or Nov when the weather gets cooler.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (886) - Texas, USA - APR 27, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel and malt. Taste is caramel, malt, nuts, bread, and it has a very light fruitiness. Moderate carbonation. Finish is mildly bitter. Good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csaso (2153) - Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Tap - good size foamy head, murky light brown color, pretty balanced with bready malt and earthy hops, not bad overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Drake (12433) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa crajun! Murky brown, thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, burnt sugar, bread. The taste is dry bready malt, lemon juice, caramel, bitter hops. Thin. Meh.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgf001 (323) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Cloudy Amber, not clear. Chill haze? Head dissipates quickly. Excellent earthy aroma with malt background. Perfect earthy bitterness and hop flavor with malty, toasty breast flavors. Dry finish with English hop residue. Great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3934) - Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Shaker pint draft at City Tavern in Dallas, Texas. The pour is clear copper brown with a smallish light tan head. The aroma is toffee, malt, a bit of grass bitterness. The taste is the toffee malt, though expresses itself weirdly, and a bit artificially. The grass bitterness adds some herbal notes, carries the finish and combines with the sweetness and lingers. The palate is medium bodied, lower carbonation level and the bittersweet herbal finish. There were components of this beer that I enjoyed, though overall didnt completely do it for me. Im not sure it was in the best condition.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1722) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a medium golden brown with a shallow, off-white, fine-grained head. Nose is caramel, toffee, dates, figs. roast almonds, and toast; quite nice. Sweet on the palate, staying in that toffee and date range, but with the roast nuts and bitter tea range to set it off nicely; this is one of my favorite styles, and I have to say this one is the best American version Ive had. Finish is perfectly dry and bitter. I have a new regular beer; my Anglophile beer lover heart is happy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ranger7 (8) - Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2015 does not count
Look: golden and clear. Good head. Smell: Typical ESB, which is good. Taste: Very nice. Balanced and sweet. Reminds me of the prime example of this style; Fullers ESB. Feel: Smooth and slick. Overall: Pretty spot-on, in my opinion. A great American attempt at the style. Would drink again.


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