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ESB Amber - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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ESB AmberESB Amber

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28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 118
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 30.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: david131 on 07-20-2010

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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 118
Reviews by FanofHefe:
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup at the Tigers game a nice looking deep burnt orange with a thick head that never really settled completely,it's been awhile since I had a beer in a plastic cup I admit.Aromas were of bready malt and caramel mainly,a bit of toast and fruitiness was there as well but on the lighter side.Simple straitforward flavors of caramel/toffee and lightly toasted bread with faint herbal hops in the finish.Enjoyable at the ballgame but not anything I would really seek out to be honest.

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Photo of schnjac
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Magister_Beav
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant amber, fluffy ¾” offwhite head, excellent lace, malt aroma, not much else, pleasant, drinkable ale with a little light toffee, some roast malts but very light touch, nuts, light fruit.

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Photo of Kerry1
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of chicagobill13
4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was visiting back in MI. I was in Canton, MI and found this beer on draft. I didn't know what it was I was little impressed. This is a very good beer. Not too many breweries i get overly excited about. New ones i should say.

Nice color and not much of a smell but that is nothing to what the beer taste like. This is a very well beer. I wish I could have too more back to Chicago on my plane but didn't want to check in luggage. I can't wait to try more of their beers. Cheers! \m/

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a red-orange color, fitting within the range for either ESB or amber. The small off-white head doesn't look strong but takes longer than expected to fall. The moderate lacing is another surprise.
The smell is mainly of toast and caramel, very much like a Marzen. There's a hint of hoppiness, but it's mostly about the malt backbone.
The taste is similar but different in key ways; it's also interesting, as a nice caramel sweetness that may be the strongest and sweetest note of caramel I've had in a beer, along with a strong note of toast, meets leaf and pith. The sweetness and the bitterness work together without clashing, and it makes for some depth.
A good, strong medium body that leans light so as not to give too much heft to this lighter styled beer also maintains a firm crispness without giving up smoothness.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, part of the Saugatuck mixed-pack.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered mesa-top lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, a soft earthy nuttiness, a bit of wet ash, and faint leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is lightly toasted caramel malt, oily bar-top nuts, some muddled domestic fruit bowl sweetness, brown sugar, and more plain earthy, leafy, and slightly floral hops.

The carbonation is quite light and ineffectual for the most part, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the purported style, and generally smooth, a wee hoppy astringency finally getting its wings. It finishes on the sweet side, from various grainy malt and fruity esters alike.

Much more of an American nut brown ale in bearing, than an ESB - the hops just don't cut it. Tasty for what it is, though, as long as you're ok with an overload of maltiness, which my tongue usually rears back at after one standard serving - so, yeah - one and done, I'm afraid.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Pivo
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of beveritt
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts an old picture of 5 people sitting on a pier, partially colorized. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive almost white head, enough that I only get a few ounces out and have to drink to prevent it from spilling. This finally settles to a still substantial cap of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow with hints of orange and moderate activity. Some compacted sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Mild hop spiciness with an underlying biscuity, butterscotch malt.

Taste: Mild hop bitterness upfront with a distinct metallic twang. This is layered upon a malt backbone that is thin and insipid with only a hint of the bready caramel flavor expected. Finishes with an unpleasant sourness, an almost lacto bite.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is thin.

Drinkability: My second strike from this brewery. Can't remember if I have another in the refrigerator, but I almost hope not.

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Photo of Faunland
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Trent
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Danielr26
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Saugatuck lineup and 0-3 so far, hoping this is the one that turns it around. Maybe. Single bottle with "2262 B2 0114 " printed on the bottom of the bottle.

Poured into a Bells tulip, the color is a deep copper and clear enough to read the text on the opposite side of the glass. A finger of foam on the surface that recedes to a floating island of skim in the center, leaving behind a drippy halo of lacing in the glass. Looks pretty nice so far.

Grainy barley aroma, cereal grain, some mild apple, pretty on point for an ESB.

Flavors of mildly toasted malt, light apple and a mellow hop bitterness in the dry aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, easygoing feel. No flaws, pleasant overall, would drink again. Finally, a decent beer from Saugatuck...

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Photo of DCdevyl78
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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ESB Amber from Saugatuck Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.