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ESB Amber - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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79
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
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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ROBSTARR

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

02-15-2013 14:32:36 | More by ROBSTARR
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czfreeman

California

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep amber/light brown tone.
Head is creamy, medium bodied, good looking ESB.
Smells of biscuit, amber malt, toffee, honey, bit of hops adding just the lightest touch of grass and pepper.
Taste is good.Dry bread, malt, bitterness, pepper, touch of brown sugar, grass, slight floral notes in there, finishes slightly spicy with a very light touch of almost a bourbon-like vanilla note.
Mouth is medium, light, bitter, I would like a bit more carbonation to clean up the mouthfeel, as it becomes one-dimensional at times.
Ok ESB..not the best, but good

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 00:38:38 | More by czfreeman
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Matt202966


3/5  rDev -13%

01-26-2013 01:53:40 | More by Matt202966
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-16-2013 23:44:31 | More by ruckus232
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BRD14

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2013 03:13:47 | More by BRD14
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nrombes

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-28-2012 02:14:21 | More by nrombes
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-10-2012 16:41:21 | More by enelson
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GR_Rick

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-10-2012 02:56:26 | More by GR_Rick
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Brad7132

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-07-2012 22:00:25 | More by Brad7132
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really nice craggy head and super thick layer of foam that leaves a nice little foam-stache on your upper lip. Great copper color and foam stickage. Nice bubbling too.

A little lemony toasted crackers with some biscuit mix. An airy aroma for this style of beer. A little sweet at times too.

Palate is a little thin from start to finish. Maybe somewhat oily. Taste starts with toasted bread crumbs and a little biscuit. The hops add just a hint of lemon zest. Malty, a little citric and zesty. Not a bad session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 20:27:57 | More by scruffwhor
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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:04:50 | More by emerge077
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

11-23-2012 01:52:10 | More by dmorgan310
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

11-22-2012 00:49:13 | More by Gatordaddy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Not sure if the Brits would make such a colorful distinction, but you never know with those crazy foreigners... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light toffee, and the vaguest possible sense of grass. The taste holds notes of sweet caramel, sharp dirt, and earthy greens. There's a strong bitterness from the earth and dirt, and it clashes painfully with the caramel's sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, this was a decent idea, but it seems that execution lagged a bit behind aspiration.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 00:59:32 | More by TMoney2591
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JDizzle

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a nice off white head.

The smell is a nice toffe, grainy, earthy, and not the normal ESB.

It has a great flavor with some carmel, butterscotch, bread, malt, and hops.
Pretty drinkable beer here, but not a homerun.

Moouthfeel is thin and the aftertaste is some what bitter, but ok for the style.

It's a good beer, but not anything great by any means.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 04:45:04 | More by JDizzle
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ltltony

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-24-2012 15:22:32 | More by ltltony
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bigclydeoliver

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13%

09-06-2012 01:27:40 | More by bigclydeoliver
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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark, somewhat cloudy rust orange with big puffy head, fast receding. Smells sweet, mild, slightly floral, a bit ripe fruits, but reserved overall. Taste is sweet and biscuit and some entering bitterness near the finish, bitterness feels old world in character. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, substantive, with moderate scrub to the carbonation. Billed as a bitter English Ale, it is a slight bit more than I would think for the style. A nicely built ale, and was happy to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:11:40 | More by Bitter_Echo
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birchstick

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut orangish brown color with a nice looking head. Nose is caramel malts and citrusy hops. Taste follows suit - citrus flavors upfront move to caramel and bready malts. These give way to citrusy and grassy hops with a slight bitterness. Mouth is creamy and smooth. Overall this is a decent amber/esb. Not as floral or hoppy as a regular ESB, but then again this wasn't supposed to be a normal esb. Not offensive but nothing that makes it stand out in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 23:56:46 | More by birchstick
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KaisersDaughter


4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

08-11-2012 19:52:30 | More by KaisersDaughter
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amishbooze

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.9%

08-07-2012 16:01:14 | More by amishbooze
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Hyouhoshi


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-20-2012 13:49:07 | More by Hyouhoshi
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-08-2012 01:06:09 | More by HarmonMW
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-13-2012 00:13:50 | More by Zaphog
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Vlaminck

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-30-2012 17:10:05 | More by Vlaminck
ESB Amber from Saugatuck Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.