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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   ABV: -
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An ESB is typically hoppier than its cousin, pale ale, and ours is no exception. This recipe is a variation of one of the several prototype versions of Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale that were brewed here in 1994.

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3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (983) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2016
On cask at the brewery. A great example of an ESB, without any real deviation from the style. Its malt-forward and balanced, with some light fruity esters and caramel sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (4971) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Draft at the brewpub. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like toffee malt, earthy, boozy, and nutty. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like booze, toffee malt, earthy, and nutty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5311) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Tap at brewery. Pours mostly clear dark amber. Aroma and flavor are bready and toasted malts, faint caramel, faint grassy and floral hops, and some woodiness. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6404) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2016
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear light mahogany with an off wite head. Nutty aroma. Flavors of toast. Light bitter roast finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
On tap at brewery. Dark copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma and flavor both have caramel, resin, grain, sweet bread, and herbal hops. Good carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (5889) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Location: Draft at the Brewpub, 7/12/13, My 50th ESB tick!

Aroma: The nose has some rather light hop notes, caramel and nutty malts
Appearance: It pours a clear light amber color with a small head and not a lot of lace
Flavor: The flavor is light and clean, with a clean malt sweetness and a nice, light hop bitterness
Palate: The body is light, it has a nice, clean mouthfeel, and drinks quite easily
Overall Impression: This is a nice, clean, easy drinking ESB. The nose and flavors lean toward the subtle side, but arent bad at all. I liked this one.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (10707) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle... Mostly clear amber ale with a small, fat bubbled white head. Aroma-wise, I could pull absolutely nothing out of the glass. Medium to full-bodied with light carbonation. Beefy, grainy flavor that leans slightly bitter. Finishes lightly bitter, a hint astringent, and then dries out. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2130) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Draught @ Brewpub: this one pours a slightly hazy, amber color. There was a small off white head that left a little lacing. The nose is a little lighter. It has mainly pine and citrus notes to it. Some sweet malts too. The taste is good. It is just a bit bitter. Pine and citrus notes. A decent malt body behind it. A nice, easy drinking ESB.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3880) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 28, 2013
On tap at the Southern New Hampshire Brewers Festival 7/27/2013 Light gold, sweet rich malty backbone with a hint of earthy spice. Nice ESB

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2013
The beer pours the color of honey and sits in the glass similarly, somewhere between red, orange, and yellow in color. The beer pours with a light, half a fingers width head of medium sized, yellowing bubbles that fade down to a scrim. The head leaves a lacing of slick clouds that swiftly slide down the side of the glass. In body, the beer is clean and translucent with a slight haze and lots of carbonation bubbles racing up throughout the glass. On the nose, the beer smells pleasantly hoppy with a good, minty herbal touch and a strong backbone of biscuity, caramel bread from the malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes lightly bitter yet caramel sweet with the faintest touch of acid on the sides of the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as herbal caramel bread, moving slowly towards a more toffee flavor before the bitters overwhelm the caramel flavor with hints of English Tea and grass. This gives way to a strong, lightly tannic, bitter ending and finish to the beer that mingles grassy and herbal hops with just a faint touch of bread sugar from the malt. The finish is light, shorter, and quite reminiscent of a black tea. The aftertaste mimics the finishs flavor in a lesser way, appearing light and bitter tannic on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feel slightly slick and on the light side of medium in body. Carbonation is of a middling amount, providing a light scrub on the tongue, while not providing any fluffiness and only a touch of crispness. Overall, this is a fairly good interpretation of an ESB. Honestly, its a little too bitter for an ESB by my standards, but Ive really only ever had American interpretations of the style, so my judgment might be flawed. Still, its a nice sipper with some good characteristics. As the beer heats up, the malt plays a bigger role on the tongue, and the bread characteristics start to unfurl and become more nuanced, which is great. A solid beer to knock back at the pub, and an excellent beer to pair alongside stronger pub food, like a burger or buffalo wings.


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