Hargreaves Hill Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

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Brewed by Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Steels Creek, Victoria, Australia
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our cult beer, this is a "new world" interpretation of the classic English style. This ale features considerable crystal malt character, as a backbone to carry the hefty bitterness. Substantially dry hopped with carefully selected hops from either the US, NZ, or Australia, this adds aromatic and flavour notes of ripe passionfruit.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydian1 (1410) - FNQ, Australia, - DEC 22, 2016
A fine ESB with a malty earthy dry flavour profile. Notes of marmalade and caramel in there. Good bitterness. Appears clear bronzed with a decent lingering off white head. Make sure you allow it to warm up a bit after removal from the fridge. (330ml bottle).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (1100) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2016
Tap - pours dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is more hoppy than expected cotrus and caramel. Taste is hoppy but the expected malty flavour comes through in the finish. Palate was a bit light but ok.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidAust (235) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2016
bottle into glass. Not sure if I was just anticipating something fantastic or didnt take into account the "new world" part of the marketing, but it was a let down. Just wasnt what I expected of an ESB. No dark fruits, no raisins, no malt. Plenty of bitterness (not a bad thing) and big piney, citrus aroma. More like a half way between an Australian Pale Ale and an IPA. So it was an OK beer, but if you think of ESB as being like an English dark ale then you might be disappointed. I might have enjoyed it more if I was in the mood for an APA

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pointclick (35) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2015
colour of an amber ale. a carbonated head, not to much length. smells fruit and pine. like an ipa. passionfruit, mango then a good length of bitterness. its not bad of a beer sweetness is good, carbonation is very high. well done

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (1099) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2015
murky brown with a thick white head. Floral, fruity, malt aromas. Taste is malty backbone, some sweetish citrus and tropical fruit. Not bad

4.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
delorean12 (7) - Ballarat, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2015 does not count
Hoppy malty goodness. Thus far my favorite drop and would definitely go out of my to find this one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1871) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2015
From a bottle. Great example of style, nice peppery finish, malty and delicious. Give it a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2958) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2015
Day 4 of my advent calendar.
At just on cool and into a snifter. Yields that all enticing hue of deep, russet amber that shimmers in the lights. Head is a good inch of tight, off-white cream that holds and weaves a thick lace. Floral, herbal and earthy noe with phenolic, smoky overtones and inklings of earl grey tea, camphor, pine resin, twiggy bark and raspberry conserve. bitter on the palate. A lasting nuance that starts upfront and is at its apex near the tonsils sending earthy, weedy and herbaceous notes up into the olfactories. Lighter than expected given the legs left when the glass is swirled. The carbonation a mere spritz with it finishing soft and oily. Light smoke, twiggy bark, burnt berries, camphor and peppercorn. There is also some peanut husk and gritty grains. This is interesting stuff. It has a raw quality I find I find absorbing. A very nice ESB. Amazed I hadnt tried it yet!!! (33cL, Bottled 02/07/15, Boozebud)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kurtos (188) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours a nice murky brown. Aroma. a fruity of aroma of mainly stone and tropical fruits. Taste. Piney Bitterness with a slightly sweet citrus backing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (542) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 7, 2015
On tap at the brewerys bar. A nice hazy amber colour, with a floral and fruity nose that surprised, had me thinking APA. The taste was like a modern English PA, some caramel sweetness blended with the citrus touches and a fair amount of bitterness. Actually really delicious and downright drinkable, regardless of how to label it.


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