RATINGS: 357   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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattern33 (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Medium/dark amber color. Malty taste for an ipa. Below avg nonhoppy aroma. Eh. Too malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MacNJ (79) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Aroma is of caramel, roasted oats, and a hint of citrus hops. A nice white head rapidly vanished; little lacing. Nice amber color is present. Flavor is a mix of honey, malt, citrus bitter bite, and a boozy warmth. Much better when offered on a handpump at a bar (true cask feel). Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (940) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2016
DATE: September 2, 2016... OCCASION: much work was done today, of the spreadsheet variety... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... dark amber, almost opaque body that evokes a black and tan... the creamy head, off-white and smooth, almost lactic... tough to see, but bubbly enough... nutty, caramel sweet, slightly buttery with some suggestion of citrus and hop... the first sip is sweet, soft, smooth and savory--easily can see how this "helped establish" a cask ale following... flavorful, caramel-empowered, malt-forward profile... the nuttiness is also pronounced, with a lingering citrus--orange, mostly , with grapefruit--with pear strengthening the flavor... glass lacing is thick, filmy and significant... a delicious, full-bodied ESB that finishes strongly and invites the next... at 6% ABV, substantial but drinkable...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Larry_Duffman (509) - - JUN 27, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours amber with a white head and lacing. The aroma is caramel and floral hops. The taste is caramel, nut, and slightly bitter hops. The bitter mixes nicely with the caramel sweetness. This is a nicely balanced and sessionable ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (13989) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
katrinaez (1811) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Yellowish clear appearance with a hoppy aroma. Taste of pine and citrus. Good ale but not amazing. On tap at cask fest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle from Perfect Pour. Nice ameber body with slight head. Nose is spicy and hoppy. Taste spicy with good hops and caramel in there. Smooth carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours copper-amber with a one finger off white head with decent lacing. Aroma is of toasted bready malts, caramel, sweet malts, floral hops, toffee, light pine, and light grassy hops. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a slightly watery mouthfeel and a mostly sweet, medium finish. Overall, a pretty nice bitter that is easy drinking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ffaoe (743) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2015
slight malt aroma. brown and clear in color with light head. balanced flavor, bold caramels malts, slight roastyness, slight hop finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17Beer (322) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Aroma of sour fruit and caramel. Pours golden brown with a thin off-white head. Good lacing. Tastes of leather and nuts. Oily mouthfeel an some fizz. A light lingering almost salty finish. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nittanytide (281) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Poured copper with a medium, foamy head. Grassy aroma. Taste is grass with a little bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue.

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