Sierra Nevada Early Spring Beer (ESB)

 
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RATINGS: 740   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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3.6
DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Clear deep amber with a medium off white head. Aroma leans toward caramel and toffee, with hints of apricot and gently spice. Medium body, light carbonation, and a cleaner palate than I expected. Sweet malty backbone supports a citrus rind bitterness that extends into the long dry finish. Definitely a West Coast influence on this traditional British style, just like the commercial description says.

4.2
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2008
A nice seasonal from SN. this is a dark blonde beer that has a nice head. Malty on the front end, hoppy on the back. Would be a good session beer, great Super Bowl Beer!

3.5
emacgee (4708) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Poured a pretty standard ESB. Copper/gold with a one to two finger creamy white head. The aroma is what one would expect from a Sierra Nevada interpretation of an ESB. Fruity and piney Cascades, some grassy notes, a little earthy malt. The flavor is similar, hoppy and bitter, citrusy, the English comes out a bit more here, some bready malt, a bit of a cardboard aftertaste. Waxy bitter finish.

3.7
sickassmick (229) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
wasnt sure what to expect with this one. the pour is a light orange, little hazy. white sudsy head. the aroma isn’t very powerful, a little alcohol in the smell. The mouthfeel is good. The taste is a little bity/spicy on the front of the tongue and hoppy. Not much malt flavor to speak of but they didn’t go too crazy on the hops. The aftertaste is sharp bitter but not overpowering. a good clean tasting beer. I’ve been drinking a lot of real heavy stuff lately and this is a good break. Something different. pretty drinkable. not remarkable but I’ll give it a good score. Not too up on this style. woo!
Edit: one that gets sweeter the more you have. SESSION!

3.6
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Poured a golden/orange color. The head was creamy and off-whtie. The aroma was slightly citrisy, a little hoppy, and some spice. The flavor was clean, hoppy, and some sweet malt. The palate was crisp and the finish, clean. The ESB style will never blow your mind, but for an ESB this is a solid beer.

3.8
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
orange tea color with a rocky white head....aroma of hops, malt and some sour...bitter from start to finish...thicker mouth feel than expected....crisp bitter finish...bitter like grapefruit rinds...nice and hoppy, but not like an IPA.....best ESB I’ve had so far

3.6
raiderfost (171) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Never seen this one in Before and i was very excited to try a new Sierra nevada no matter what the style was. Very good ESB. 100!!!!!! yeah

3.8
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
I did a double take when I saw this, not having remembered it not hearing about it in advance. Nice to get a surprise every now and then. Medium amber, decent head. Aroma is caramel malt and some earthy and citric hops. Flavor is up front hoppy bitterness, with more citric notes, some spiciness, and earthiness as well. Caramel balances out the finish. Nicely done, I liked this quite a bit.

3.8
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Oh Jesus. Thank you for this beer. Its been a rough night of imported Pilsner after Lager after Pilsner. Good good American micro brew. Sierra Nevada really did good with this batch(2008). Crisp amber with thin lacing. Aroma is packed with hotness. Flavor is spicy with great bite. Great carbonation. Clings to the walls of my mouth with lingering after taste.

3.1
jmo32087 (29) - USA - JAN 16, 2008
Very refreshing, a nice light orange color with a medium head and full flavors. Not the best taste but it leaves a clean feel with a slight sugary aftertaste.


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