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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2009
[email protected] (Thanks Tomas Czarnecky!). Hazy golden colour, mediumssized white head. Grassy and hoppy aroma along iwth some caramel malts, biscuits and mild fruityness. Flavour is grassy/fruity hops with big dryness to it. Also caramel malts giving it some sweetness. Wellbalanced and drinkable ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24773) - Tyres, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2002
Bottled. Amber coloured. Grassy flowery hop aroma. Very malty. Saltyand resiny with really bitter finish. A more than solid ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (23948) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Draft. Deep golden color, small white head, solid lacing. Aroma of white pepper. Taste is bitter and peppery, a proper bitter, but with fuller body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (17266) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2009
Bottled (HBF2009, bottled 12.05.2008). Clear amber color, steady off-white head. Bready, a bit juicy aroma. Sweet caramelly malty and bready, ryeish American hops. A bit fizzy. More like APA than ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (17093) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2003
Orangey-amber. Hazy. Wispy white head. Chewy, caramelly earthiness and mango fruitiness in the aroma. The palate is rich and woody, playing off again light tropical fruitiness. Caramelly, rich maltiness in the back. Long, sweetish, earthy finish. Robust rendition of the style, to say the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15795) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 21, 2009
355ml bottle (HBF2009)
Aroma is woody peach. As it warms, it becomes black tea. Stale black tea. However, it was flat by the time I got to it. Clearly something pretty OK at its core though, probably some UK hops to give the black tea component.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14951) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle from Acknud. Many thanks!! Hazy orange apricot pour with a decent off-white head. Aroma of fruity hop. Near full bodied with very mild carbonation. Flavor is light fruit over caramel malt. It has a bit of tang not typical of an English ESB. Finishes dry, fruity and a tad spicy. Just excellent. This was bottled on 11/25/2007, so it may have improved with time. Its really good now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14272) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle from Party Town, KY. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium sweet malty flavor with a smooth tingly bitter finish of average duration. Solid drinkable flavorful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2003
(bottled 11/6/03) Crystal clear amber body with tiny beige head, leaves dense lacing. Aroma is rich, sweet floral and cantaloupe, some caramel. Taste is earthy, floral, rye, dry finish. Medium-full body with nice chewiness. Many thanks Hopscotch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (13645) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
A sweet caramel malt with light honey notes, oxidized, faint grassy hops, light mineral notes. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with light grassy hops, light mineral notes, signs of oxidation. Biropholie imports.

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