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Extra Special Bitter - The Ship Inn

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Extra Special Bitter
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17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-23-2002)
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Kwak:
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

it poured medium to light brown with a small head as expected.

the smell was of a faint hop aroma

it taste was mellow no to bitter it had a little hop aftertaste but was clean and very smooth . jut enough bitterness not over powering and very drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2008 07:39:23 | More by Kwak
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-13-2014 02:27:16 | More by larryi86
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-22-2013 20:36:15 | More by djrn2
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-04-2013 00:05:37 | More by BeerForMuscle
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-28-2013 22:53:56 | More by Givemebeer
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-04-2013 03:12:27 | More by Tom_Gilman
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Red in color but a bit transparent, when it got to the table there was barely any head at all, there was no lacing around the glass.

S: Slight notes of fresh hops, caramel as well as brown sugar, and nice malt at the tail end.

T: Same as the nose, but not bitter at all for a ESB, very simple tasting.

M: Almost no carbonation at all, medium bodied.

O: Overall for a nice little brewery in a small town of New Jersey this brew was not that bad. It was very simple and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 16:21:57 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of Varkias41

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-15-2012 20:05:39 | More by Varkias41
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-12-2012 17:34:07 | More by zekeman17
Photo of randomdanger

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 16:09:34 | More by randomdanger
Photo of mrgrinch

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Served in an Imperial Pint glass at the Ship Inn. A dark orange-to-brown color. Virtually no carbonation, nor head. Cloudy.

Smell - Sour but not unpleasant.

Taste - Bitter. But I guess that is the point. I have had bitters that are a lot more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Probably average for the style. But I was reminded of iced tea.

Drinkability - This beer was just okay. It's nice that one can get a pint like this, brewed in the open fermenter style like back in Mother England, and served in the Old World style. It's just that it seems more novel than it does a great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 21:06:38 | More by mrgrinch
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Poured a hazy dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle blend of mildly sweet hops and herbal hops.

The taste was very well balanced ad well with a clean malt and fresh balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and easy drinking ESB.

Serving type: cask

03-26-2009 16:26:58 | More by plaid75
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the last bit of this one out of the cask. Pours a slightly clouded amber with a frothy creme head. Nose is fruity nuts. Flavor oddly reminds me of a white wine. Chalky dryness. Feel is smooth and drier like a cotton ball. Very nice ESB. Could go for numerous of these.

Serving type: cask

03-10-2009 06:00:52 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of jayw414

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I ordered the "Extra Special Bitter", I expected it to be both "special" and "bitter". This one was neither.

The color was a bright wheat color, with a thin off-white head. Aromas of biscuits and starch.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin; not quite what I was hoping for.

The flavor was fine, a bit delicate. More biscuity malt. It was drinkable, but nothing to travel all the way to Milford for.

In all, a pretty ordinary brew. If you're looking for a great ESB, try Fuller's.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2007 14:54:27 | More by jayw414
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears bright copper with a thin, creamy head that nearly covers the top.

The smell is very mild. Some nuttiness. A faint touch of caramel.

The taste is soft - caramel and nutty. Some balancing, earthy, slightly fruity/citric hops round it out, but stay in the background.
Bready/biscuity finish.

The feel is a bit thin, but holds up enough. Smooth.

A fine "session" brew and a decent take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 02:12:52 | More by jwc215
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ship Inn- ESB

Appearance- Reddish chestnut brown with a medium size creamy head.
Smell- Strong Nutty malt with hints of caramel.
Taste- Low carbonation but just enough to give it a lively taste. Caramel malt and roasted nuts dominate. So smooth.
Mouthfeel- Big bold flavor throughout with the slightest tinge of alcohol in the tail end. A big flavorful beer.

Overall- This was my 1st beer from the Ship Inn in it was damn good! I'll be back to get a box of beer!!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2006 23:33:13 | More by NJpadreFan
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters....This is not a very bitter beer at all. In fact this is a nice amber/red coloured brew with a small off-white head that dies quickly. Aromas are of sweet biscuity malts, and light English hops. The taste is sweet and malty up front, slightly hoppy in the middle, and very bready and nice in the finish. This is VERY similar to Fullers ESB, but not quite as good. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and to style and the drinkability is good. Another good one from the ship...

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2004 21:10:40 | More by francisweizen
Extra Special Bitter from The Ship Inn
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