RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Strikes a nice balance between forward floral hop aromas, rich caramel flavors, and lingering hop bitterness. Amarillo, Fuggles, and Crystal hops are well accentuated in this eminently sessionable Extra Special Bitter Ale.

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cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2014
pour is hazy dark copper with a fairly tight tan head and a few larger bubbles. Nose has a rye bread note, peppery, faint dough. Moderate hop presence, fair amount of citrus and slightly herbal. Taste is not as spicy, fresh bread, light dough, fairly hoppy with citrus and herbal grass notes. It has a medium body, fairly strong carbonation, a bit syrupy and a dry finish.

bytemesis (9215) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Tap. Pours clear chestnuts, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is roasty, caramel, pine flavor follows suit, medium sweet and light bitter. Fairly light body.

Westchesterco (2188) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Spicy roasty, earthy, amber, cloudy, minimal head, medium sourness, full body, bitter, long finish,

Iphonephan (7283) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a hazy amber with an off white head. Grassy hop aroma carrying over into the flavor. Bitter finish.

nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Clear amber color with a small whitish head. Tea, bread, and caramel on the aroma with a weird briny note. The flavor is oddly briny/fishy and earthy with a bready base. Not really feeling this one. Medium body with average carbonation. Looks like they brought this one a little close to the ocean.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2012
Draft. Medium off-white head, cloudy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, some floral, light earthy, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, earthy/floral, some grapefruit, chococaramel, light bread. Medium body, some stickiness.

Braudog (6835) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Draft at the brewpub. Served way too cold! Dark opaque and copper with a metallic tilt. The body is a bit thin, IMHO. Unremarkable. The more I drink, the more this tastes like unsweetened tea. (#4535, 3/24/2012)

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: September 18, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Beerfest, Brewgrass
Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, nice woodsy hops
Flavor: dry caramel malt flavor, lots of balancing earthyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2010
500 mL bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown with good-looking beige head. The aroma is very astringent with some notes of autolyzed yeast, wood, and English hops. The flavor is also extremely astringent. The hop bitterness is nice and assertive, but when combined with the weird soap and autolysis notes, it becomes harsh and unpleasant. The finish seems very tannic and won’t go away. Sorry, but this one is a fail.

zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2010
On tap at Outer Banks Brewing Station. Pours dark orange and is likened to an IPA rather than the darker color I would associate with an ESB. The comparisons to an IPA extend beyond appearance. Huge, clean floral and grassy hops are undenyable in the aroma. Although 6 hop varities are used according to the menu, the nugget hops really stick out in my opinion. The flavor is also on the hoppy side rather than an ESB. There is certainly some malt balance but the hops are the star. This is more like an imperial amber along the lines of Troegs Nugget Nectar than an ESB so I think even the brewer would agree it is misclassified. That aside, this is really tasty.

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