overall
93
100
style
RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
With a bracing, firm hop presence this classic, British 'Extra Special Bitter' features the beguiling interplay of tangy hops and the fruity overtones of our special yeast. Rich, imported British malts add depth of character. Fuller in body that an average 'session' beer, this amber ale satisfies fully. Draft only.

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3.6
PhillyCraft (7602) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2016
BB Backlog, Pours a copper gold with 2 finger head. Smell is pretzel, bread, and other nutty malt notes. Taste was most of the same with some caramel, toast, and subtle grains. Mouthfeel was medium. Enjoyed this one even though its not my favorite style.

3.8
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUN 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-23-12- Served on cask in a pint glass Appearance – Served an orange-copper color with a thin off white head. The head faded very fast leaving only a very light amount of lacing. Smell – The aroma is biscuit in nature mixed with a bitter hop aroma of earthy and citrus nature. There are light spice and herbal aromas mixed into the nose as well which overall create an overall very pleasant aroma. Taste – The taste is biscuit up front as the nose would have predicted. In the middle some of the citrus hop flavor and spice then comes into to the tongue. The citrus loses ground fast but the spiciness gets stronger. In the end the spice flavors mix with the bread an herbal/grassy flavor and an earthy hop flavor to leave a bitter spiced flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – Typical for a cask beer this one was creamy in body and low in carbonation. It was nice and smooth and very drinkable. Overall - The flavors of this beer taste and transition well making this one a very easy drinking bitter with a nice smooth feel and taste.

3.8
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Tap. Pours a clear amber with a tight off-white head. The nose is dry toasty malt with some nice bright English hops. The flavor is more bitter than most ESB’s, lots of toasted malt that lingers nicely, nicely dry though there’s a touch of fruitiness. Lighter bodied with soft gentle carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style I’d say. Maybe a touch too hoppy for an ESB purist, but it’s delicious.

3.5
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Tap. Light orange pour with a thinner than expected head. Tea, earth, toffee, floral, and bread. Medium body with good carbonation and clean finish.

3.6
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2014
draft @ redlight redlight. Fruity caramel notes on the nose. Pours orange with a reddish hue and dense white head. A fruitiness upfront with bread malts following finishes dry with grassy hop notes. Not bad, not bad at all!

3.9
rejtable (2810) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Tap at Coles. Lovely. Pours light orange with limited head but lots of lacing. Nose is quiet. Notes of English tea, earthy bitterness, limited toffee and some light fruit in background. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with lively carbonation, pretty dry finish. Awesome!!

3.8
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Hands down one of the best I’ve ever had of this style. I tried 16 beers at Victory and this was the best of the lot. So smooth, with an amazingly full body despite low ABV. Incredible lacing. YUM!!!

3.7
callmemickey (4549) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Copper colored body, large white head, spotty lacing. Cereals, toasted malt, floral and grassy hops. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, clean and crisp finish.

4.3
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2013
hazy amber, puffy large, large bubbled white head sinks fast to dormant volcano. Delicate, wood and resin ladened nose, lightly floral bouquet bursting forth from freshly sewed lawn. Flavor is more singular, soft carbonation appropriately allows for grass and tea, faint bread crust mid before rich, warm toast in finish. Awesome example, been so long since a low carbed esb graced my lips. Victory reminding all "trail-blazing" craft brewers again that brewing to style can be just as good.

4
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2013
On tap at brewpub. Copper pour with marshmallowy off-white head. Earth, caramel, nuts, citrus. Moderately bitter and sweet. Crisp, medium body.


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