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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:
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(Beer added by: david131 on 07-20-2010)
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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

leprechaunandfatman, May 12, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Kerrie, May 05, 2013
Photo of Biffster
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Biffster, May 04, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

mfnmbvp, May 03, 2013
Photo of JVoyager
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

JVoyager, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

jplopez21, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Dyerseve
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Dyerseve, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

ssimpson89, Mar 02, 2013
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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

czfreeman, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Matt202966
3/5  rDev -14%

Matt202966, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

ruckus232, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of BRD14
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

BRD14, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of nrombes
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

nrombes, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

enelson, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of GR_Rick
4/5  rDev +14.6%

GR_Rick, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Brad7132
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Brad7132, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

scruffwhor, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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...

emerge077, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

dmorgan310, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Gatordaddy, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of JDizzle
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

JDizzle, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of ltltony
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

ltltony, Oct 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14%

bigclydeoliver, Sep 06, 2012
ESB Amber from Saugatuck Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.