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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
LIMITED EDITION ALE - AVAILABLE FOR 90 DAYS ONLY APRIL TO JUNE

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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3.4
drowland (9078) - Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
1/17/14. Bottle at PorterPounder’s place, if I recall. I was surprised I hadn’t rated this. Or perhaps a crappy old rating of mine got deleted. Oh well - here goes. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Plain but unoffensive on all fronts. Biscuit, caramel, doughy malts, touches of chocolate and nuttiness if you search for it.

2.7
SudsMcDuff (8496) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
deep amber .. . medium head, lacing is quite good . .. a bit abrasive, some wood and sappy cut throat grain .. . mouth is in your face .. . not at all subtle, no thanks, this is not very esb like, a touch out of whack .. . . saving those babies and the soft spots on their head..

3.6
PorterPounder (8293) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - Mahan - 12 oz bottle. Sparkling copper pour, soft white head, thin coat of lacing. Aroma has a hint of vanilla and wort, a touch of allspice. Flavor has a nice underlying subtle bitterness, with some light citrus, a touch of caramel sweetness, some vanilla undertones, a touch of nuttiness. Solid, nice textured mouthfeel. Surprise find at a Publix.

3.6
Ernest (7822) - 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.

3.3
AirForceHops (7818) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle. Amber in color thin, white lasting head. Nose is toffee and English ale yeast. Flavor is right along the correct flavors for the style. Weak caramel, nuts and yeast. I don’t get any bitterness at all. All malt. No bottle date on the label. Hard to know if age has hurt this. Overall drinkable.

3.2
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle:   Amber, faint copper hue, moderate sudsy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Slight biscuity nose, touch of fruitiness.   Very fruity up front, a little mealy and biscuity.   Not as crisp as I would have hoped.   Backside shows a lot of mealiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   A little ashy on the exit.   Lingering biscuit and mealy maltiness.   This one really needs to be a touch sweeter and brighter.   Can do without the mealiness too.   Tiz okay, but not the stuff I remember drinking when I was a wee lad.


3.6
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
12 oz. bottle. It pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a pillowy off white head. The aroma is nicely balanced with fruity English yeast esters, dense maltiness and an herbal, mildly floral hop character. The flavor is the same. Good complex malt profile with a hint of sweetness melds nicely with the herbal hops. Light fruity yeast quality. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style with a good finish. Great ESB.

3.6
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

I assume this is the correct place to rate this. The ABV on my label is listed at 6.5. This is the one from the Pub Series in the 12 ounce bottle with the orange label. On the website it is listed as different beer than the 6.5 percent ESB in the Brewer’s Share series.

Medium amber with a white head. Aroma is toffee with a bit of floral hops and dark fruit. Flavor is full of floral and candy hops, as well as some toffee and biscuit malt. There is a nice mix of sweetness and bitterness, exactly as I expect in an ESB. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer.

3.2
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUL 1, 2014
This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance has a hazy yet mostly transparent bronzed amber color. The head was about a finger and a half’s worth of white foaminess. There’s a light somewhat speckled lacing trying to show its face, but the head must last for at least a good minute before the lacing can actually be seen. The smell has a fairly decent light apple with a light vanilla and light English maltiness running about my nose in a powerful sort of way. The taste takes those previously mentioned flavors to balance with a slight bitterness very underneath (Fuggles hops, I think, I could be wrong, but I think that’s what they are). The aftertaste is very bitter and dry and has a decent crisp feel into the finish. On the palate, this one really wanted to sit at a light, but somehow showed a quality that wanted to sit at medium. Sessionable, kinda yeah, I could see it. The carbonation is really smooth if that helps. Overall, in my opinion, well, this was a fairly good ESB worthy of having again.

3.3
ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle. Nose is sweet and fruity, firm crystal above lighter caramel. Pours a pretty amber with very slow carbonation and a short off-white head. Taste is strongly bitter with faint mineral and medium-strong fruit; very crisp fullish body with full toffee, earth, some scorched/burned notes; lightly nutty with equal butterscotch. Finish is drier but the buttery/-scotchy flavors linger (along with what feels like Burtonization), there’s some moderate malt complexity here even, hard crystal included. Flavor/aroma-wise, hops are low and on the danker/herbal side, but match well until the woody/rubbery character is all that remains. A little too bold and disparate, too fresh and unmelded, but certainly good enough. In the long run, a bit heavy and filling.


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