Sierra Nevada Early Spring Beer (ESB)

 
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RATINGS: 748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our ESB blends the best of English tradition with the boldness of West Coast style. A blend of malts featuring British-grown Maris Otter is balanced with the earthy spiciness of hand-selected English and US hops. The ale is left unfiltered which enhances mouthfeel and hop aroma creating a slightly reddish copper hue.

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3.7
wlajwl (6811) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2011
From memory, this ESB is relatively dry for the style and the US hops make it unique compared to most ESBs, due to the hop bite. A good, unique take on the ESB style.

3.2
arminjewell (9664) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Pours nice orange with white head. Aroma has notes of grass, earth, some pine. Taste is nice balance of grass, earth, leading into biscuit with a nice bitter finish. Pretty good ESB.

3.6
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Tap. Pours a deep bright copper with a thin lasting white head- some lace. Aroma is herbal grassy light tea light citrus and some toffee and light caramel. Flavor is also slightly earthy and tea with flowery hops- with light biscuit, toffee, and some clean light crystal and toast- mostly clean finish with a slight mineral hint which makes it pretty easy drinking. Mineral turns to slight chalkiness as it warms. Still good though.

3.8
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Appearance: Poured a light copper color with a clean 1 finger white head. Smell: Hints of bitter citrus with sweet malt. Taste: Citrus up front. Bitterness builds up to the finish. Bitter aftertaste that isn’t overpowering. Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Goes down smooth. Not too heavy. You could drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall: I’d definitely recommend giving this "Early Spring Beer" a shot. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

3.4
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Nice looking ESB. It’s a nice medium amber color liquid with an excellent head with lots of lacing. The nose is sweet with malt and earthy hops. Some West Coast hop notes are also present. The flavor is more on style for an ESB than I would have expected, but it’s still a definite Sierra Nevada beer. There are some good notes of biscuit, cookies and mineral hops. The feel is pretty good, but the beer gets a tad medicinal through an entire glass.

3.5
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orange copper with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, grass, lemon zest, spice, and pine. Flavors of biscuit, lemon zest, spice, apple, caramel, tannins, and juniper berries. Salty finish. Medium-thin body with foamy mouthfeel and moderate, soft carbonation.

3.9
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2010
In bottle at Maggios southampton. Pours a nice copper color, 1 finger head. Aroma and taste is malty. Hops are subdued. Very tasty and sessionable.

3.5
mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
Bottled Sample at Sergios in Loisville. Nice tasting bitter beer. Would like to try this again.

3.2
stephen7424 (30) - Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Pretty hoppy not to strong though. A nice hazy orange and a good head. Went down smooth and its a good tasty beer thats really not to expensive.

4
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 Sierra Nevada Brewing Compan--ESB--Early Spring Beer--2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.90% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) ESB--Unfiltered Bottle Conditioned. Loose sediment hint. Big dense mild lace white head. Slightly cloudy fizzy bright rich gold copper hued color. Mild earthy floral hop front. Earthy crusty toasted caramel Maris Otter dry sweet BC ester hint body. English hop spice clean ESB end. Sampled 11/26/2008. 6-Pack--$7.00. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--ESB--Early Spring Beer--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.90% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) ESB--Big dense nucleating lacy rocky off white head. Clear bright thin dark gold amber hint color. Toasted hint earthy herbal hop front. Tangy crisp dry sweet thin textured earthy bitter mild caramel bisquit crusty ESB body. Crisp citrus bitter hop bite end. Sampled 1/28/2009. 6-Pack--$8.49.


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