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ESB - Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

26 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jarmby1711 on 02-29-2008)
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VinoBeer

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

A let down considering the reviews of others on this site. Poor head retention with little lacing. Earthy musty nose with some floral hops and orange. Crystal city in the mouth that is kind of checked by bitterness but in the end is all a bit of a mess really. What a shame, not the worst beer around by any means and 15 years ago it would have been a leader in the field. Now it is a beer that is trying to be big and bold but is merely a glass of confusion.

08-19-2012 01:44:24 | More by VinoBeer
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours orange/amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows a fair whack of hops, quite piney, spicy, resinous and earthy, along with a hint of tropical fruit. Underneath is a nice load of crystal malt.
Similar flavours but with an aggressive bitterness that shows up early in the piece. Could be an IPA really: enough caramel malt, enough juicy and resinous hops, all followed by a bold bitterness. Finishes a bit sharp.
Carbonation is suitably high.

09-30-2010 10:57:17 | More by CrazyDavros
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

Hargreaves Hill ESB is a weak flavoured but pleasant beer. Not much more to say.

A: Clear orange colour and a nice 4 mm head that lasts ok. 4

S: Grainy aroma. Not much going on, really. 3

T: Grainy with earthy malt and some subtle fruit hop flavours. It's weak, but pleasant. 3.5

M: Good carbonation. 4

O: 3

04-22-2013 02:11:21 | More by vandemonian
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spicelab

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

Burnt Amber, not a great deal of carbonation, however a resilient minimal almost gold head remains throughout.

Guava, Peaches, fruit slushies, a touch of lime. Wow, the candied toffee and treacle is big! Awesome stuff.

Caramel malt and marmalade bombard the front palate, fruit builds later with the bitterness, which is, um, pleasing.

Surprisingly full bodied for the ABV, drying and bitter in agreeable proportions.

Drinkability is high without a doubt. This epitomises what Australia does well. Only real criticism is elements aren't as balanced as they possibly could be.

12-11-2010 06:09:47 | More by spicelab
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joecast

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

Hazy golden, medium/low carbonation of many tiny bubbles. Thin off white head.

Aroma of sweet malt and some spicy yeast character. Very light earthy hops. Label states new world dry hops but can't pick em to be honest.

Taste is a lot more smooth with nice malt character and good bitterness. Quite enjoyable.

Interesting. A drinkable beer with nice balance and enough body.

12-12-2012 07:43:50 | More by joecast
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Macca

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

This pours a murky dark golden colour with a thin covering of fluffy slightly off white head.

First aroma hit is resinous hoppiness. Behind that is some tropical fruit - pineapple? A vague maltiness.

And on the palate: well there's the malt and a whole world of hops. Much hoppier than I would normally expect from an ESB but in a good way.

A good whack of bitterness.

A very nice beer but I think some might be surprised if they were expecting something more in the vein of Fullers. A lot more American influenced.

10-06-2010 09:09:30 | More by Macca
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juju7

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Was really looking forward to this having heard so much about it. Not sure how old it is as there is no best before or bottled on date. This may explain why I don't see those big passionfruity hop aromas others have mentioned. Certainly a little more hop aroma than I'd expect from a beer labelled ESB but nothing to be thrown off by. A murky, deep copper and a tight head. Bitterness is really there along with some solid caramel malt backing. Quite full and upfront. Finishes long dry and that bitterness seems to hang around for bit. Pretty damn good. A tasty beer for when you're in the mood for a UK style ale that's fresher than the actual UK ones we get.

04-08-2011 11:19:42 | More by juju7
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DocDownUnder

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

A very good ESB, though it bordered a Pale Ale due especially to a missing biscuit-y malt flavor. Strong fresh hop aroma, and enough bitterness to pair with some spicy foods (tonight was spicy pork po' boys). I would definitely drink this in larger quantities.

01-04-2012 08:23:04 | More by DocDownUnder
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mulder1010

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +8%

330 ML poured into a Tulip. Retired??? Guess not
Thanks to Triple 5 for the beer

A-- Poured a hazy orange amber color. Some sediment in the pour. Off white one finger head that has some decent life, couple of minutes, before becoming a good layer of film. A little bit of spotted lacing.

S-- Carmel, candied Orange, passionfruit, and a small bit of grapefruit. Nose gets stronger as the beer warms up. Candied orange smell gets bigger.

T-- Carmel, Orange, and ripened grapefruit. Taste buds say this is a Pale Ale, not an ESB.

M-- Creamy but but a big and rich taste. Medium carbonation. Grapefruit gets more aggressive in the mouth. Good amount of carmel sweetness to go along with the grapefruit.

D-- Easy to drink and can not get tired of this beer. One of the best produced in Australia. Probably closer to an APA than ESB but does it really matter. Good beer either way and has a lot going on for a lower end ABV (5.2%).
So glad that they finally bottled this beer. if it can only get up to Sydney.

09-17-2010 14:29:22 | More by mulder1010
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -12%

On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney.

Pours a pleasant reddish bronze colour, with a fine and creamy head. Nicely clear in the body, although it sits heavy and still in the glass. Minimal lacing. Looks nice.

Sharp, pungent and a little earthy on the nose. A hint of acidity which doesn't sit so well with everything else, but it's perhaps balanced by a caramel sweetness. The earthy hops are good, however.

Taste is smooth with only a little sharpness, that comes across as a little bit metallic and medicinal, especially on the back. Some earthy tones, but not as pronounced as in the aroma. Not as good as the nose suggested.

Feel is surprisingly light, and the acidity adds a bit of sharpness.

It's drinkable enough. Not great, but not bad. In many ways it typifies off the generic and reasonably forgettable Aussie craft beer.

02-11-2011 08:10:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

04-30-2012 00:27:01 | More by tbeckett
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dansmcd

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Huge, soapy, retentive head. Clear amber body. Sticky globs of lace.

S - Mango, caramel, bread, yeast.

T - Again, sweet caramel malt up front, backed by bitter hop (galaxy?) finish. Good depth of flavours.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp.

O - Great balance, full flavour. A top Aussie beer.

11-12-2011 12:16:09 | More by dansmcd
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ADZA

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

First things first i love the revamp of this bottle/label it looks pretty classy,this brew pours a beautiful non see through light copper looking hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy one finger head that stays with sporadic lacing,the smell is really fruity with aromas of stonefruit,citrus and some caramel,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated with the stonefruit taste first on the palette followed by some grapefruit,orange zest,lime,toffee and finishes with a nice bitter kick that makes you want another sip and overall a very decent drop and probably one of this breweries best beers that i have sampled and will definately always have a place for in my fridge.

11-03-2010 14:41:34 | More by ADZA
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admiral

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

An ESB with a hoppy bite to it

More dry and crisp compared to a traditional ESB.

Aroma and Taste of toffee, malt, caramel biscuit and a little bit of citrus, with the bitterness from the hops standing out at the back of the palate and in the after taste.

Nice and creamy mouthfeel with good head retention.

A very nice ESB - they have achieved what they set-out to achieve: an extra hoppy ESB (even though I personally prefer a little more malt/caramel in my ESB).

07-16-2013 07:54:18 | More by admiral
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Kornoms

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-09-2012 09:14:14 | More by Kornoms
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heygeebee

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours copper, one finger head. Subsides to a film quickly, carbonation bubbles initally there, also fades.

Aromas of English malts, apricot(!) - some lemon.

Taste is light, delicate, malt driven, some toffee/caramel and in line with ESB traits.

Mouthfeel silky smooth - could have a lot of these...

BUT - not at the price - one mark off overall - at over $7 per bottle cheap it ain't.

Would be very interested to do an A/B comparion with Punch and Judy

**** EDIT****

Next bottle in four pack.... hello American Pale Ale / IPA style!!!! All hops and in your face flavours and bitterness. Not a good second experience. Serious bottle variation. Sad.

Have not altered review scores.

08-14-2011 08:17:20 | More by heygeebee
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Stew41

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Certainly not an ESB as we know it and correctly picked here as an APA. Front palate has stacks of fruit and passionfruit from the yeast and floral hops. Malt played a more subtle role for me. Dry finish with plenty of hop tang. Really good beer and would surpass the Pale Ale, although to my tastes the 2 share some similar qualities.

07-29-2011 22:33:34 | More by Stew41
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jarmby1711

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%

I just love this beer. It is chock full of hoppy fruit with passionfruits leading the way.
It is lightly carbonated and not particularly bitter which mkes foe easy leisurely drinking.
Its darkish gold olour looks the part.
The sooner they get this in a bottle the better

02-29-2008 22:48:22 | More by jarmby1711
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DrNo

Australia

3/5  rDev -20%

01-15-2012 23:18:11 | More by DrNo
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XsoldoutX

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

05-11-2013 06:15:24 | More by XsoldoutX
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brendan13

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

On Tap at The Local Taphouse.
A - Poured a cloudy orange golden colour with 2cm of fluffy off white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Big stone fruit and citrusy hops hit the nose straight away. A lot more like a US Pale Ale than an ESB.
T - Slighty sweet bready maltiness backed up by the fruity hops.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation and slight bitterness.
D - Perhaps not true to style but a great beer nonetheless. My favourite from them so far. I hope it stays on tap 365 days a year.

06-09-2008 05:16:54 | More by brendan13
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danieelol

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

01-04-2012 14:15:42 | More by danieelol
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

This isn't your typical "English-style bitter", it's a funky-fantastic malt driven, hop-focused something-like-a-pale-ale, but not, interesting and truly unique.

I get tons of sensual tropical fruit notes from the Glaxay-hops that really seems to be the vogue of Aussie brewers these days and for good reason, it tastes great! Bitter, fruity, dry, but with a sexy depth that keeps me salivating throughout.

In addition, this thing poured the color of peach puree and smells heavenly.

To keep up with this week's favorite hashtag - #winning

03-09-2011 11:09:00 | More by burnheartsMKE
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gulden

Australia

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

Not too much head retention in this beer, but it's a good looking beer nonetheless. Good head to start off with, bronze body looks good too.

Smell is very enticing, good bitterness, quite a sharp aroma with a little bit of fruit on the nose. By no means the most amazing, intense smell, but it's quite nice.

Taste is very nice - a malt driven beer, as expected by an English Bitter style, but it's followed up with a big whack of something that reminds me of pineapple or passionfruit. Great hop bitterness too.

Very well balanced beer. Medium carbonation and full flavoured. Good bitterness on the finish.

Very approachable, and I quite like it - I imagine it would be even better on tap.

03-24-2011 00:59:53 | More by gulden
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dgilks

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

Clear amber colour with a small white head and phenomenal lacing. Really good looking.

Nitty tones fade into a lovely complex ester profile. Touches of stonefruit and dried fruit. Nice.

Complex interplay of stone fruit, light malt and bitterness. Excellent balance and a delightful ESB.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very good.

A really solid beer. Excellent flavour and certainly no flaws.

12-14-2013 06:32:20 | More by dgilks
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ESB from Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
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