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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.7
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2002
I don't know if it was because it was a cold rainy night in Philly but I just love the taste of this hand pumped beer. Great stuff!! John

4.6
motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 27, 2004
on [email protected] tap in philadelphia. came out looking pale amber and with one of those cask heads that you know will only last a minute or two. very fresh, orchard aroma. some orange and toffee and plum, then quite a hard and bitter finish, seemingly more bitter with each swig. very full, that whole thing of giving you some flavour and then taking it away to leave you wanting more

4.5
aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - MAR 5, 2001
Very authentic tasting english style ale. Very good!........................

4.5
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Cloudy copper/amber, dense offwhite head and good lace. Some floaties. Aroma of floral hops, some citrus, esters, and even a wee bit of pine as it warms. Toffeelike malt, nice solid hop flavor much like the aroma, with a nice bitter finish. Very slightly yeasty. Becomes more complex as it warms, props to the Philly Adams Mark hotel bar for not freezing their glasses. Hell, props to them for stocking a local micro, unlike most hotel bars. Quite pleasing.

4.5
ashkern (1) - - APR 28, 2013 does not count
One of the best ales I've had. Smooth and refreshing, and the flavor doesn't leave for wanting. --rated by smash on bb.

4.3
Nr3254111 (4) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012 does not count
Overall a well rounded cask aged beer. Nutty, malty flavor with a slight sweet note. Mild hop and oaky notes make for a clean mouthfeel and palate pleasing beer.


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