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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
czar (8547) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
on tap at brewpub. hazy almost cloudy golden orange with a minimal off-white head, some retention. grains - wheat and rye, spicy-peppery, citrusy, bit of caramel, herbs and booze. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, short herbal finish. lame esb interpretation.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4286) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Hazy medium amber, good rim head, specks of lace. Taste is semi-sweet caramel malt that grows nicely to a clean finish. At the back edge, it all turns nicely bitter. Late and unexpected, things are superbly balanced. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6693) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Draft @ brewpub on 28 Nov, 2012. Proper glassware. Hazy copper pour with thin white head leaving light lace down the sides. Nose is caramel and some dank, muskiness. Not much hop presence and thats fine because it does have an English feel to it. Malt with a weak Earthy bitterness in the finish. Medium in body. It was served to cold. It got much better as it warmed. Would be nice on cask.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (1175) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Had on-tap @ Portsmouth. Pours a copper alloy amber with carbonation not even a fingernail in length. Tastes and smells of grass trimmings, caramelized sugar, wet soil, spice and spent grains. Ends slightly more bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (2000) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass. Pours copper/amber with a thin white cap. Light malty aroma. Flavor is pretty much the same. Malty, but kind of bland. Not much going on. Moderate palate with low carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (5733) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2011
Pours deep, clear amber into an English pint. Little to no head. Caramel and resin aromas. Soft with sweet bread and mild resin finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (2017) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Dark copper pour, one finger head and nice lacing. Lots of toasted caramel like malt, grainy sweet with a very mild hop finish, but enough to make it well balanced. Rich, full, smooth mouthfeel...a delightful feel on the tongue. Another solid beer from my favorite place on earth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Bomber- PPRBSG 09. Pours a deep copper light amber with a thin lasting head. Aroma is sharp cheesy hairy earthy aroma- floral hops, toasted sharp crystal malts, molasses sweetness. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, with floral hops, herbs, grass and earth, a bit metallic as well, along with some mineral bitterness in the end- Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (2725) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeters Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Amber with ring and lace. Mild if any aroma. Toasted caramel and nuts with medium bitter clean dry finish. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (6022) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Medium brown pour with hints of red. Medium caramel malt with a hint of pine on the nose. Slight sweetness, light caramel malt, and a nice finishing bitter. Thin and watery with good carbonation.


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