RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%

A medium bodied ale with caramel complexity and a crisp finish.

The telltale signs of Spring arrive in the Gorge as mountain bikers begin to replace snowboarders and the snow melt feeds the rivers as white water rafters and kayakers anticipate the first runs of the year. Flowers cover the mountain meadows and blooms fill the orchards in the valley. Our pub staff knows that our ESB will be just the right beer to welcome Spring in the Gorge. ESB is a traditional ale brewed with attention to balance, highlighting both malt and hops. A combination of crystal malts give this beer its orange hue, and caramel complexities. UK and US Challenger hops were used exclusively throughout. Aromas of dry caramel and herbs are followed by a malty, medium bodied palate finishing with caramel flavors and a crisp bitterness. ABV 6.5% IBU 35

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slowrunner77 (13403) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2016
A little old perhaps, couldn’t tell the date. Aroma is a little dusty, but the flavor was solid. Nutty, earthy with light caramel toast and fruit.

bjakk (828) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - FEB 28, 2016
Dark bronze, clear with yellow foam. Raisins, toffee in the aroma. Sweet, toffee, fruit with strong metalic bitterness in the aftertaste and a hint of alcohol.

onceblind (11135) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Clear bright penny copper with a thin foamy white top. Big lovely toffee pale english malt on the aroma with a slight grassiness. Smooth and slightly bitter flavor, perhaps the most bitter ESB I’ve had in a while (not that bitter overall but probably similar to how true Brits taste ESBs back in the day) with quite a bit of grassy hop flavor, English Marris otter pale malt biscuitiness, and a smoot nutty finish with a quiet grassy bitterness on the aftertaste.

cblado (298) - Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark orange color, some off-white head, not much lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and faint floral hops. Flavor is crisp and bitter, with a malty aftertaste. The palate feels thick and chewy. Look out, this one packs a wallop.

foyle (443) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that falls quickly with just a hint of lacing. Color is mostly clear copper with mild streaming carbonation. Aroma: malt dominate -- bread dough and a bit of toffee. Hops are floral with a little citrus rind as well. Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with a fluffy ale mouthfeel. Finish is dry and somewhat boozy. Flavor: toasted bread, toffee, raisin and other ripe fruit. WIth a lingering floral, citrus rind, and even a bit of pine hops. Overall: a very good and enjoyable ESB -- although the 6.5% is a little high as the BJCP guidelines top out at 6.2% -- thus the beer is a little too boozy and would be limited for sessionability.

bb (9900) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a tan head. Caramel and light citrus aroma. Caramel and citrus flavor with light woodsiness. Medium bodied. Caramel and citrus lingers with light earth and light toffee.

TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Caramel malts, toffee, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more caramel and toffee flavors, with the sweetness balanced out with just a bit of bitterness.

scoth (695) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Pours clear deep amber with a thin, rapidly diminishing beige head. Aromas of toast, caramel, earth, grass, with the barest hint of banana and a light floral note. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Lightly sweet, medium bitter with a lasting nutty, almost astringent dry finish.

Ernest (7915) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel, biscuit), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of toffee and black tea. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. My second sampling of this and happily it’s as good as my first impression...it looks like someone actually put some effort into this one, which is becoming rarer and rarer at Full Sail sadly. It’s enticingly cookie-ish and apricotty, and while it starts sweet (in a nice lip-smackin’ way), there’s quite a bit of apparent bitterness in the finish (only 35 IBU, really?), so it’s quite delightful to drink.

mjg74 (3230) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle from Fred Meyer. Clear pure amber in color. Lightly sweet earthy hop nose. Clean earthy hop flavors. A good spicy bitter hop finish. Fairly rich malty flavor with some good earthy hop notes.

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