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ESB Amber - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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ESB AmberESB Amber

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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2.54/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

carlborch, Sep 02, 2013
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3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

TheBrewo, Sep 02, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

SportsandJorts, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

CoryR, May 28, 2013
ESB Amber from Saugatuck Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.