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ESB Amber - Saugatuck Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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

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Beer added by: david131 on 07-20-2010

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Photo of GRPunk
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- 1/2-finger, khaki head quickly drops to a thin film that leaves good stick. The body is amber with light carbonation.

S- It has a ton of sweet malts with fruity, dark bready qualities. Lighter hops are herbal. It's slightly to the malt side of the spectrum.

T- Toasted wheat bread is edging toward a burnt caramel or toffee quality. Hops tightrope between herbal and citrus. Good balance. Initial malts are cleaned up with solid hopping.

M- Light carbonation. A little grainy. Moderate viscosity. Dryish finish.

D- Good. Definitely stradles the line between an ESB and an Amber. It's potentially sixer worthy as a party beer.

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.81/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring this, and many other brews, during his recent travels.

A- Clear copper/amber color. Pours with a borderline explosive, massive, creamy light tan head, necessitating a multi-stage pour. Fades very, very slowly...incredible retention...impressive, if not to style. Massive globs of sticky lacing noted.

S- Bready, caramel maltiness. A bit of mineral-esque, earthy hop aroma.

T- Buttery, caramel malt. Difficult to pinpoint-minerally- citrus-peel bitterness. A bit cidery. Not terribly off-putting, but this mix doesn't exactly work well.

M- Moderately-light carbonation with a light-medium feel. A bit astringent and too dry.

D- Meh. Decently easy to drink...but with the unusual flavor....it just doesn't really work well enough to make me consider another.

Future outlook: Out of state one-off for me, which is just as well...

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Photo of david131
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A clear orange liquid with a thin, splotchy white head.

S- Citrus rind and caramel. Very strong in the citrus aspect.

T- Strong citrus peel and caramel. A bit of a homebrew aspect.

M- Very clean. Based upon the aroma I expected this to be astringent, but its rather nice.

D- Not a good example of the style, but it is tasty and drinks alright.

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