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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The first beer in the Brewer’s Share Series is "Extra Special Barney" (ESB) and was developed by our lead brewer, Barney Brennan. According to Barney, his ESB was inspired by two things; a perfect beer moment and the aromatic highlight of the 2007 hop selection in Yakima, a US Challenger hop. As Barney puts it, "I was sitting on the deck at the brewery overlooking the river in the sunshine - drinking a perfectly balanced bitter - already looking forward to the second pint. It was one of those great beer moments. Hopefully, my ESB will make one of those moments for someone else with its five different specialty malts and this one very special hop. We made it entirely with US Challenger hops including a pound per barrel dry hop because we wanted to share the aromatic experience we had at the Hop Rub in Yakima with our customers."

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3.5
alexsdad06 (11238) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear deep amber color with a bubbly ring. Small head develops with agitation, but is quickly gone. The aroma is toasted malts, caramel, mild fruits, pithy with a small floral character. The flavor is more toasted bready malts, pithy, some fruits, dry, herbal bitterness to the finish.

3.4
BeerFanDan17 (1122) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 30, 2008
On draft at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR. Nice 4 oz sample. Very good ESB from Full Sail. Nice dark copper with a nice head. Hoppy and maybe a hint of caramel.

3.4
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark clear copper with a tan head that subsides to a lasting creamy layer of froth. Leaves behind a bit lof lace as well.

Aroma: Sweet toffee like malt, fruity yeast and a fresh herbal hop aroma.

Taste: A mixture of fruity yeast, tuned down Full Sail bitey house character, toffee like malt, red apple skin tannins. Finishes with a little bit of bitterness balances out the fruity profile of the beer. Alcohol well hidden for this 6.5%, fairly clear ale.

Mouthfeel: On the thin/sessionable side of medium, moderate carbonation, ever so juicy.

Overall: One of the better ales I’ve had from Full Sail in a few years. The Full Sail house ale yeast isn’t the first and last thing I taste in this, and that is a positive thing for me. Very sessionable for 6.5% as well.

3.4
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2012
22oz. bomber. Pours copper with small short lived cream colored head. Aroma is doughy with herbal hops. Medium mouthfeel. Crisp with balanced hop taste. For me, not too interesting but not a bad brew.

3.4
bpreo (3011) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Reading the description suggest to me that this brewer, Barney, is way to obsessed with his beer ("It was one of those great beer moments"). This also tells me that this beer will probably be excellent (it is).

3.4
Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a smoot texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

3.4
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. light lacing. Aroma is floral hops and lightly toasted malt. Flavor is toasted malt, esters, and floral hops. Medium body. A nice beer.

3.4
BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Light copper pour with a nice ivory head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, floral hops, and toffee. Flavor similar with a subtle toast and maybe a hint of vanilla. Not a bad beer but not terribly complex.

3.4
keepersj12 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Pretty good bitter. I’m not getting a lot of the hops they claimed but still decent. More like a traditional ESB this way. Has a malty bread like aroma with some caramel. The flavor is similar at first but then the bitterness comes through. A bit of a peppery feel to it. Nice dry finish.

3.4
llcooldave (1226) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Very fruity aroma. Some banana, apple clove and hops as well. Pours a clear reddish amber color. Light taste of roasted malt and a slight hoppy citrus on the palate that finishes dry but a bit watery. Overall, not that bad. smooth drinking, probably good for the summer months.


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