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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This ESB is a classic British extra special bitter made fresh with an American slant. A beautiful copper color with an amber head, this classic style features five different malts, including imported English malts, and three hop varieties. The rich malty start features caramel notes that develop into a smooth, pleasurable hop finish.

Malts: Two-Row Pale, Munich, Aromatic, and English Medium Crystal
Hops: Columbus, Fuggles, UK Kent Goldings
Yeast: Chico
Original Gravity: 14.3 Plato

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3.5
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Lively dry finish ok lacing clear amber small white head lightly toasty flavor, a little fruity, decent...

3.7
jrob21 (3760) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Touch of nutty sweetness. Pours the expected amber color. Nutty toffee aroma. Finish is grassy and a touch sweet. Little bit of candi sugar in the flavor. Nice drink.

2.8
dextermorgan (98) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Pours uncharacteristically light for an amber ale, little to no head and no aroma. Good mouthfeel, but more bitter finish than I would want from an amber.

3.6
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours a light brown color. Smell is malty, caramel. Taste is malts up front, some caramel, hops are present at the finish. Overall an enjoyable beer.

3.2
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Pours a lighter amber color with minimal head formation and light carbonation. Head is light with very little lacing and fast fading. Lightly malty in the nose with very little hop presence. Taste is quite malty with maybe Vienna or Munich malts. hops are quite low and settle into the background. Medium feel smooth. Drinks like your basic Octoberfest, ordinary and weak in flavor.

2.9
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Light aroma mostly of caramel sweetness. Flavor is pretty bland with some sweet caramel and light earthy hop notes. Slightly bitter finish. Drinkable but overall pretty nondescript.

3.1
ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 4/11/12

Aroma: It has some sweet malts, light fruit, candied sugar, toast, caramel, toffee, and a hint of funk
Appearance: This is kind of a gusher - pours a hazy orange color with a large foam of off-white head
Flavor: Tastes fairly sweet, much like the nose, with quite a mix of flavors, and some sour and bitterness
Palate: It’s medium bodied, some stickiness, an overly fizzy carbonation, and a slight unpleasantness
Overall Impression: I don’t really know what to make of this one. As I’m drinking it my mind changed on it on basically every sip, mostly because it seems to change with basically every sip. This is some decent stuff with a lot going on, but all that stuff that’s going on here doesn’t always work as a combination all that well. Also, there is way too much carbonation for my liking.

3.1
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle poured into a cheater pint A: amber color, 1/4" slight off white head with fair retention, visible carbonation S: hint of sweet malt, slight flowery hop in the nose T: flowery hops with some light caramel. Nice balance. M: light to medium bodied, slightly chewy.

3.2
KlextonGaze (60) - Franklinville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2012
From local tap....thin off white head forms that quickly descends into deep copper belly. Gentle caramelized malt and candied fruits aroma segueing into mild palate. Light draft, neither bitter or sweet. Tad short on overall complexity for designation, yet better than average amber.

2.9
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Good hop aroma. Bread, floral and slight grass. Pours deep amber with a medium froth. Taste is disappointing. Sour lager yeast, slight floral and an ok noble hop aftertaste. Did not remind me of an esb.


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