RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   ABV: -
Despite its name, our Sugar River Extra Special Bitter is neither too sweet nor too bitter. Rather, in classic British ESB fashion, it is the perfect marriage of malt and hops: The light caramel-malt sweetness just balances the delicate yet noticeable hop flavor and aroma. One sip of this amber ale and you’ll float away!

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kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Date: 08/07/2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub, Flitchburg

Appearance: hazy dark amber, creamy beige head, sheets of drippy patterned lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma with lots of woodsy earthy hops and a strong essence of skunk weed,
Flavor: sweet dark caramel malt flavor, lots of woodsy earthy bitterness, good fuggles flavor,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Cask-conditioned pour at the Madison brewpub. Hazy, autumny brown pour with a tall, cascading, creamy beige head (not what I expected, but looked cool). Nose found soft floral bitterness, caramel, and light spices. Flavor was of smooth caramel across the middle with sharper floral bitters surrounding. Lighter carbonation from the cask treatment with nice balance between smooth malts and the bittering hops. This was alright, but remarkably un-exciting.

JPDIPSO (6296) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Amber color with a smaller off white head. Pale malt and mild hopsack aroma. Dry english malt flavors with a late sweetness. Touch of floral hops. Just ok.

Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
On draught at the Great Dane Fitchburg location. Pours a semi-hazy dark amber brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to an off-white ring. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, some dried herbs, a hint of wood, apples and dried biscuits. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of dry caramel malt, dry fuggle hops, some earthy herbs and apple. Finish is semi-dry with a lingering mild dry bitterness.

badgerben (5372) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Dark copper color with a medium head. No aroma. Taste is slightly bitter malt. Very watery body.

muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Sample at the brewpub (on cask). Lightly cloudy dusky brown with the tiniest wisp of head...nose slightly woody, dry, very spare...body dense and more woody, hints of cherry and apple sweetness especially near the end...smooth.

esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Amber with thin white head. Aroma of pale hops and semi-sweet malts. Rich malty taste with a mild bitter finish. Decent beer, though no exactly an ESB.

Terminus (3738) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2005
pours an orange hue with a nice off-white head with good lacing. soft earthy hop aroma with some caramel malt notes. Earthy hop flavors that were very true to style. awesome lacing! firm bitterness more like an APA. I detect Fuggles hops in this one due to the earthy/resiny finish. Another winner from this brewery.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Draft at the brewpub (Fitchburg). Poured a clear copper color. Head was off white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel. Slightly sweet on the tongue with malty caramel, minimal burnt toffee and an earthy, woody note. Pretty good.

Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Sample at pub. The darker amber body for an ESB. The aroma and flavor reminded me of brandy served at a communion service in church. Decent stuff.

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