RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Our first ever and most beloved brew, ESA helped establish a following for cask-conditioned beer in the United States back in the ‘90s. East Kent Golding hops give this English style ale a subtle spiciness, which compliments its strong malt backbone. Hints of chocolate and caramel round out this deep chestnut colored ale. Floral, earthy, smooth.

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yespr (47037) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2011
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is yeasty, slight smoked and caramelish. Bitter and roasted malty. Bitter and dry roasted finish.

anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle. Dark copper colour with a small off-white head. Malty dusty hoppy aroma. Sweet malty hoppy bitter flavor, with some hints of pine needles. Dry malty finish with some bitter aftertaste.

oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2012
Bottled. Amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is herbal, floral and mild grassy notes along with some crystal and bready notes. Flavour is crystal, caramel and some slight bready notes along with a mild nuttyness. Also some nice bitter floral and grassy hops in it. Stronger than the usual UK ESB, but otherwise quite true to the style (in a British way).

omhper (25544) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2011
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Deep ruby, mid sized head. Fruity black currant and hay aroma. Mid sweet with clean, blown up mouthfeel and medium body. Hay complimented by cane sugar. Near inky bitterness. Lack of malt softness in combination with sweetness and high bitterness kills drinkability.

Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle at brother Charlie’s bachelor camp-out - CT, October 2013. Pours red-brown with a creamy topping. Tasty, bready, simple. Touches of sugary malts. Light to medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. More basic bready malts on the finish, low bitterness, faint leaves and fruit. Basic but tasty and easy-drinking.

Oakes (18517) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2002
Dark amber w/a finger of foam; Aromatic elements: currants, nutmeg, flowers, caramel apples, hops - northdowns maybe?); similar palate, great yeast notes; complex, flavourful, lovely stuff.

jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Nice amber pour. Nose is very floral citrus. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Rated 4/12/03

djd07 (15341) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear copper brown with medium off white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is bread and floral. Medium mouth, cocoa, toffee, grain, bitter finish.

DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 30, 2009
(11/19/08) Cask at McMenamin’s in Philadelphia. Dark hazy brown with medium, quite stable, beige head - looks quite lovely in the mug. Aroma of malt, some bread, biscuiy and caramel notes, some slightly earthy hoppiness and flowery notes. Sweet malty flavor at first with some caramelly hints, continues with delicate hop bitterness with some citric notes and light fruitiness. Silky mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced. One of the best and most quaffable session beers I’ve ever had. I could drink a lot of this.

Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2011
A dark reddish amber ale with a thick creamy dark moka head. In aroma, light sweet caramel malt with herbal hops and cinnamon notes. In mouth, a nutty caramel, lightly roasted with nice fruity esters. Medium bodied. On tap at PA Flavor, April 9th, 2011.

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