RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Our ESB (Extra Special Bitter) may have the word bitter in its name, but the key to this style is balance. The combination of malts and hops creates a toasty, fruity flavor. Our ESB is dry hopped with a US grown hop varietal called Williamette, which has a pronounced spicy, lemon flavor.

In the early 1970s, brewers in London and the south of England expanded the range of beers available in pubs, reacting to the wave of European lagers moving into the British pub scene. In addition to the ordinary bitters and pale ales, brewers developed recipes for stronger premium ales like ESB, special bitter and special pale ale. These beers contributed to the English traditional ale revival of the 1980s, making their way into the beer portfolios of many American craft breweries.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 On tap at the Bottleworks brewpub. Amber/copper in color. Nice warm floral aroma. Strong bitter flavor. Lacks the ESB mouthfeel of say, a Fullers. Has a strange metallic finish. UPDATE: Just tried this in a bottle. Equally meaningless. My tap rating stands. Schlafly is definitely overated. I must say that this beer hides its 6.8 ABV quite well. It does not seem that strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle. Thanks Eric. Bright copper body with medium carbonation and a uniform, sudsy white head. Aroma of fruity and grainy malt with mild organic sweet notes. A malt-featured ESB with subtle and tantalizing English characters plus nice spicy rye accents and medium-low bitterness. A very solid session beer and Schlaflys best in my humble and limited experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2005
reddish gold pour and a nice greyish head. a bit of pine in the aroma. taste is chocolately with somemore pine. biscuity alcohol taste. wow the nose gets a lot of marshmallow as it warms. there is a lingering light cocoa taste to it at the same time. i like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egleone6 (1) - Springfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2005 does not count
I had this beer directly from the brewery itself. Went on the tour. Would really like to know what hops they use and how much. This is a very good beer, I am not a hop head, but this was a subtle hoppy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2005
KC tasting. Brown, goldish color. Hops aroma. Caramel flavor with a nice hops flavor. Nice ESB. Hoppy for style? Best beer, IMO, of the hops in the city tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1784) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2005
On draught at the brewery. Golden amber in color with a thick rocky white head. Sweet spicy aroma. Hoppy sweet malt taste. Good, but almost like the Hop Harvest except less of everything. Hop bitterness shows up in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
05 Hop in the City/KC. Poured copper orange with a ring of foam around the top. Cara-malts, spicy hops, and rye carry this beer. I thought it was rather thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2659) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 Hop in the City: The rye flakes are noticeable in both the aroma and flavor and I wasnt so sure they added much to this flavorful bitter. But they did add another dimension and thats always interesting. The aroma, besides the rye, was filled with floral hops and malts. The flavor, below the rye, was of malts with a nice bitter aftertaste from the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Hop in the City - the aroma is heavy on the rye with a fruity undertone - also slightly toffee like. The body is sweet caramel with some hop spiciness that is balanced by the bready malt. Nice use of English hops and rye make this an interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2005
on tap after a tour of the Schlafly Bottleworks. mild Brittish malt flavor with somewhat of a hop bitter finish. what really put me off with this beer was the over-carbonation of the brew which IMO detracted from the overall flavor.

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