RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Note: this beer is now an amber ale, and the ABV has gone up from 4.5 to 5.5%. Special Ale is our flagship ESB. Its been with us from the start and hasnt changed since that first brew way back in 1996. Ample quantities of caramel malt give this English ale a soft copper hue and the colorful addition of carapils malt adds a slight sweetness you might mistake for honey.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2879) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle at the in-laws provided by said in-laws. Boy, did earn these ticks the hard way. Out of the bottle because appearance did not matter. Nose was mostly malt, light grass. Taste has some sweetness, toast. Minimal bitterness. Light citrus and grass on the finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlindGuardianco (88) - - APR 21, 2015
Ok Amber, nice color and head, mild carbonation, Good but not very interesting, will try again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (2533) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle from Half Time Beverage, New York. Pours a bright red amber colour with a light tan colour, very foamy, long lasting head. Aroma of caramel, malt, and mild spice. Light sweetness and bitterness. Body is medium, texture a little thin but ok. This is a decent amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1811) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
This is what an amber should have. A little extra spice and malt. Slight bitter, But warming and smooth. Great color. Had on tap.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhatton (241) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Dark amber body with thin creamy tan head. Mildly malty nose with hints of sweetness. Bold toffee and caramel flavors co-mingled with roasted malts. Hop flavor comes out to take the edge off of the heavy sweetness. A little dense, but decent selection for the colder months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (44046) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2014
From tap. Pours hazy dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty. Sweet and caramelish. Slight caramelish. Bitter and toasted malty. Toasted and bitter dry malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 13, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-3-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance The beer pours a hazy copper/mahogany color with a two finger cream colored head. The head has a great level of retention, holding on for quite some time, fading slowly to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma is mainly of a lightly roasted malt smell mixed with a decent showing of caramel and some toffee. Along with these aromas so too comes a tiny bit of dark fruit, which overall creates a rather sweet aroma. Taste The taste begins with a lightly roasted malt flavor and some fruit flavors of apple. A caramel sweetness is present upfront as well, with it slowly fading throughout most of the taste. More toward the middle, with the caramel fading some, come some flavor of a more bitter hop nature. They are mainly of an earthy and herbal flavor and remain relatively light till the end. While the caramel faded steadily from the beginning it picks up again at the end, and when mixed with the rest of the flavors, it leaves a nice easy going taste of a bready caramel and light hop to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the beer is average in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average as well. Overall A nice drinking brew, but overall nothing extraordinary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ectuohy27 (1126) - ESTONIA - JUN 1, 2014
Not bad, actually--the caramel hops do provide a softer, sweetened finish compared to the sandpaper experience of most microbrews. Worth trying even for the IBU-averse like myself

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2014
Had this one on draft at the brewery. This is another good beverage by River Horse. A Nice dark, malty beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
Draft. Nut brown. Caramel, toasted bready malts, toffee. Smooth light carb, medium feel overall. Not bad, not great but, a nice full bodied session brew with a turkey club for lunch. Hit the spot. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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