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ESB Amber - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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ESB AmberESB Amber

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BA SCORE
80
good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: david131 on 07-20-2010)
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vader06

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

09-30-2013 20:54:31 | More by vader06
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-17-2013 23:20:14 | More by BlissJunkie
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Zone_Fighter

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-03-2013 02:13:49 | More by Zone_Fighter
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carlborch

Michigan

2.54/5  rDev -27%

Brilliant amber pour. Two-finger off-white head that settled into a creamy 1/2 inch. Modest carbonation. Sweet, grainy, nose with hints of malt. Medium-full body. Less malt and bitterness on the palate than expected given the ESB label. Forward bitterness that lingers. Short. Some Belgian lace. Drinks well. Quenching but not exciting. Will neither seek out nor decline.

09-02-2013 20:40:56 | More by carlborch
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.21/5  rDev -7.8%

This brew was served from a bottle at the Eagle Tavern at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. Poured into a smooth mug, it glowed a pumpkin amber coloring in the candlelight of the inn. No real head was produced other than a ring of white bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass. This subsequently left no lacing that was appreciated. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave the expected amber malts, with faintly sour brown malts to contrast, brown sugar, sweet banana, esters, licorice, grassy hops, and stark tinny metallics. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed a nice balancing ester sweetness to help cut the bittering and toasty amber malts, and all of their metallics. The taste began with sweet molasses, banana esters that gave the spicy but calming essence of cold banana bread, booze, harsh metallics, baker’s yeast, alcohol, and red apple sugars. The middle came to a peak with continued esters and banana breadiness, light coco chocolates, raw pine nuts, dried grass, bittered amber and adjuncty pale malts, light gingerbread spice, and icy metallics. Washing through the finish was a blend of walnut bitterness, candied cherries, flashes of coal, burnt caramel, bitter herbal malts, chemical phenols, and all the bittering metallics of amber mash and unsweetened lemon tea. The aftertaste breathed of licorice, faint buttery diacetyls, bittered amber malts, raw straw and barley, alcohol, corn, leather, brown sugar, and candied apple cloy. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, with pleasantly creamy froth, giving a soft lick of a mustache. The mouth was left feeling watered and coated, with a bit of a puck, but with no real dryness to come. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its balance through the flavoring. This offering doesn’t kill you with the bitterness, but rather gives and interestingly balanced, and somewhat Belgian-feeling, sweetness from heavy banana esters. The aroma, on the other hand, is overly metallic. While this is noticed through the flavoring, again, the inherent amber malt flavoring, and pseudo wheaty crispness to the pale malts lend more to a warming blend and sip. This is a nice take on the style, but ends up being only decent in our book as a whole.

09-02-2013 14:14:33 | More by TheBrewo
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-28-2013 22:46:47 | More by tommy5
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Kaveman

Illinois

2/5  rDev -42.5%

08-26-2013 02:43:33 | More by Kaveman
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waston

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

08-21-2013 01:38:42 | More by waston
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-19-2013 19:56:52 | More by DMarlinJ
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rabbitguy

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

08-14-2013 21:43:29 | More by rabbitguy
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beerhawk41

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

08-06-2013 21:33:24 | More by beerhawk41
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-05-2013 23:11:22 | More by imperialking
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-03-2013 23:51:28 | More by Gonzoillini
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Drk93TT

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

08-02-2013 00:38:54 | More by Drk93TT
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amalahow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

07-30-2013 23:04:02 | More by amalahow
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Paul_Apsley

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

07-16-2013 12:18:01 | More by Paul_Apsley
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Pivo

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-08-2013 15:42:16 | More by Pivo
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-06-2013 22:57:31 | More by FanofHefe
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.8%

07-06-2013 19:45:22 | More by smartassboiler
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -16.7%

Appearance: a mostly clear orangish red. with a small head that fades away

Smell: caramel malts. fruit. no hop presence

Taste: caramel malts and fruits. extremely sweet. and no hop presence. I was hoping for a lighter hoppy beer with some fruity aspects but this is just way to sweet with no hops

Mouthfeel: pretty sticky and unpleasant

Overall: this one did not do it for me. I wanted some refreshing hops but it came out overly sweet and sticky

07-03-2013 15:05:01 | More by SportsandJorts
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-28-2013 19:22:21 | More by CoryR
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

05-12-2013 20:45:33 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-04-2013 23:15:32 | More by Kerrie
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Biffster

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

The beer poured with a generous amber head that quickly dissipated to a low sudsy foam. It is clear but not brilliant, with a deep copper color with amber notes.

The nose has an an intensely fruity malty aroma. There is bright fruit like strawberry and apple, but an intense caramelly malty aroma. Graham cracker, grapes and toast

The flavor is surprisingly dry. There is a bracing hop bitterness, but there is a malty sweetness that didnt leave until I drank my water. It is relatively full bodied while simultaneously being clean at the swallow.

I find the mouthfeel to be rather full, with a strong body, but a substantial carbonation to counter.

I like this very much - very tasty and a surprising fullness I didnt expect.

05-04-2013 04:24:21 | More by Biffster
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -15.2%

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present, code stamped on the label. My second beer from Saugatuck Brewing Co., another random find off the local mix a six pack shelf.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Gentle pour still yields about three and a half fingers of tall fluffy off-white head on top of a deep coppery amber colored body. Some fine sediment twirling around the glass is noticeable when held to the light. Head has intense retention, and a massive cavernous root beer float like appearance to it.

S - Smell is of stale dusty malts, malts, and more malts. Some dusty green apple skin, and perhaps some adjunct type smell going on in there also.

T - Crisp, carbonated, apple skins, copper, and a touch of hop bitterness on the end. This is basically a malt bomb though. Not nearly enough hop presence to keep me interested, and offensively over-carbonated, heavy body.

M - Feel ends with some sweet fruit sugars, and a pervasive dryness.

Overall, not horrible or anything, just not very interesting. Lacking in hops, and too excessive in the way of carbonation. Still, a drinkable beer with a modest 5.50% abv. I won't have a hard time finishing this bottle, but this won't be a beer I pick up again.

Saugatuck ESB Amber ---3/5.

05-03-2013 18:44:57 | More by mfnmbvp
ESB Amber from Saugatuck Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.