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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   ABV: -
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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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3.2
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Copper Coloring with Sandy Ring. Sweet, Hoppy and Mandarin Aroma. Smooth Almost Silky Mouthfeel. Sweet, Light Hits of Citrus, Light Wet Hops Notes at End That Quickly Disappear.

3
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Available only at Fitchburg. Smells a lot like Aaron’s 755 amber. Some hop with friut and molasses malt. Dark red body; clear or maybe slightly hazy from what I can tell. Some lace. Tastes like it smells, which is what I feared. Not bad, but has that somewhat harsh, somewhat unpleasant molasses malt finish that Aaron 755 had. Must be the same malt used in both. Disappointing. Not an ESB at all. I really didn’t want to finish it and I didn’t. The bartender told me that it’s his favorite beer but that it changes noticeably from week to week and may be the end of the batch.

3.1
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Sampled on draught at the Fitchburg location: Pours a dark but clear amber colour with a fairly large white head. Aroma is nutty, with soft malt and hop notes throughout. Slightly yeasty, with noticeable caramel, apples, and hop flavors.

3.1
StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Clear bronze and no head. Aroma is cotton, fabric softener and a subtle hop bouquet. Thins out quickly on the palate and then the bitterness creeps in. This is subtle. Initial impression is watery, but then it’s an ESB – bitter, with flavors consistent with watered down scotch. Authentic English character, just not my thing.

3.2
Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Well-used penny copper with a small layer of light tan head. Much darker than I expect for an ESB. Lemon rind, damp hay and quite a bit of sweetness to the aroma. Soft, lightly sweet malt flavor with a balanced clean hop backbone. Nice mouthfilling and round palate, but still refreshing. Taste nice, smells a little odd.

3.5
Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Pours a light copper color with a medium frothy head and lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel malts and earthy hops. Taste is about the same. Very drinkable and pleasant.

3.3
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Nothing all that special about this beer. Bitter hops really don’t add anything to this beer. It’s just kinda there.

3.6
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2005
I must have had a good batch of this. Nice piney hop aroma with some floral notes that reminds me of fresh money. Dark copper color, thin and creamy white head. Interesting flavor, brillian caramel really stands out. The first drink is like licking caramel squares. Then an eathy pine hop flavor takes over from there. Lighter body, average carbination. The bartender said this is a version of their red that has a few more hops and then is dry hopped. I liked it.

3.3
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Tap at brewery. Not listed as the Sugar River - but since there is no other ESB here - I’ll call it good. A great session beer with a pleasant nose of Fuggle or Goldings and biscuits. Much the same with the aroma - honey and herbs. Looks fine in the glass also with a red-amber glow - rich and woody. Not a mouthful - but pleasant. Great quaffability.

3.8
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Brew starts off with a mild resinous hoppy taste. It then moves into thick walnut, while delicate honey and vanilla sit high in the nose. Very nice! The end disappears into smooth caramel malts, ending the drink on a slightly sweet note. Best brew of the seven I tired.


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