RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
"Extra Special Bitter"- An English beer from English ingredients. Amber, nice balance of pale and crystal malts and a hint of a chocolate nutty finish. LOV 9.9 IBU 45

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Ungstrup (38159) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2006
An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with a light touch of caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and a crisp hoppiness, the hops also lends it a light note of grapefruit.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
(growler, thanks chris_o) Clear light copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, floral/orange. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, earthy/orange, some duskiness. Light-medium body.

Drake (14045) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Served on tap at the brewery. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Malty aroma with heavy earthy hop notes and some caramel and nuts. Taste is bitter hops with nuts and caramel. Very dry and bitter. Medium bodied.

jcwattsrugger (12506) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2007
on tap-pours an off white head that laces and copper color. Aroma is mild/ medium malt, flat (English) hops. Taste is medium malt. Finish is flat (English) hops/metallic.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 09/22/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Mellow Mushroom, Asheville

clear dark amber, whispy head, nice bitter hop flavor with a long bitter finish, good dry carmel malt, the definitive esb

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Wooden hoppiness is carefully inserted into the toasted bread maltiness in this balanced and well-fed ESB.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear copper, drawing decent lacing.
-Light caramel maltiness is found, but it barely creates more complexity.
-The finishing wooden, leafy hop bitterness is polite.
-This is very clean and well crafted, but in the end it remains somewhat forgettable.
-If this is one of their lowest rated beers, I can’t wait to try all of the other ones!

On tap at The Flying Saucer in Charlotte.

PorterPounder (8186) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Columbia, SC - Flying Saucer, on tap. Overall, a decent ESB. Medium orange appearance, soft white head, Good subtle bitterness with some chocolate undetones. Citusy back end. Clean, even mouthfeel.

TaktikMTL (7880) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2009
En fût. Verre de dégustation directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’houblon et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel etd e noix avec une pointe d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de céréales en arrière goût. (Rating #2300)

chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2011
On tap at Foothills brewpub, Winston-Salem NC in July 2006. Clear copper colour. Lasting off-white head. Decent balance of earthy malt and tangy hops. A solid, and quite authentic, rendition of a UK style bitter, but not one of the more exciting Foothills brews on offer, especially to a visiting Brit. More like a best bitter than an ESB.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of toasty nutty pale malt and some English hops. Starts semi-sweet and toasty with a bigger bittering hop presence taking over near the finish. Has some mild earthy grapefruity character as well. Pretty true to style and drinkable.

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