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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2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
verstellung77 (19) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Does this beer contain Rye or Wheat? Very dry and bitter finish. Probably better on a hot summer day than early spring.


3.3
BeerRenter76 (1015) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 2/14/09. A slightly above average ESB, It poured a mis amber body, not much carbonation or head but it did leave some nice lace. Aroma were faint but there was mostly bready malts with a few hops. Flavor was similar to the aroma with the maltiness and a slight hop presence. Overall it was fairly decent.

3.5
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2017
Bottle. Golden colour. Very hoppy (spicy, peppery, resinous hops). Malty caramelly buttery base. Fruity (grapefruit-citrus and lemon). Bitter throughout. Dry bitter hoppy finish. Very drinkable. (2008)

3.1
slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"i kinda like the malts in this beer, but would prefer less spicy and more floral aromatic hops. otherwise, it’s an average beer...maybe slightly better..."

3.7
ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2013
An average beer by Sierra’s standards. Earthy with subtle fruitiness. Plenty of grassy hops and a bit of citrus.

3.5
Lilja (3161) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
Smak och doft av malt och mycket humle med toner av örter och mörktbröd. Bra beska med mycket humlesmak.

3.2
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2013
I enjoyed the taste and nose. Balance was a bit off, but still decent. Not one of the Sierra Nevada’s I would regularly seeking out but I wouldn’t turn that subtle bing of spiciness on deliver with this brew.

3.6
Bricktop86 (847) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 8, 2012
Dark golden to orange in color with an off white head. The smell is malts, floral, fruits, hops, and earthy. The taste is about the same as the smell.

3.7
Vignale (3829) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2011
Fylligare och starkare än SN pale ale. Annars är allt sig likt från detta citruskådabeska bryggeri. Vacker bärnstensfärg.

3.8
oobawa (1403) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Pours a clear copper with the slightest of haze, with a head that bubbles up and settles at a healthy pace. Citric, piney American hops blend with bitter, mineral-laced British cousins, all coupled with a modestly fruit-tinged malt base. Sierra Nevada ESB creeps up on you; the flavors mingle and open up as the beer warms, making for a great little spring surprise. (2/3/09) NOTE: I wish Sierra Nevada would do two things: Make their Glissade Spring Seasonal their year-round lager, then return their proper Spring beer back to its home.

3.7
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
A: The pour is amber-orange in color with a large white head and some streaky lacing. S: Very crisp on the nose. Clean citrus hops, toasted malts, and a nice clean breadiness. Some yeast notes to it as well. I also pick up some floral hops and maybe just a touch of grass. T: Decently bitter with good citrus, floral, and grassy hop flavors. Clean bread and toasted malt flavors to go along with the hop profile. A touch of yeast and slightly dry on the finish. M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation. O: I really liked this beer and I wish that Sierra Nevada hadn’t retired it. Really easy to drink and good clean flavors.


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