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Extra Special Bitter Ale - Climax Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2002)
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

On tap last night at Funcks inn Palmyra, PA. Part of a 4.5oz flight.

When I ordered this, I was asked if I understood what "cask" meant. Being a Brit, I had a fair idea. Was very impresed that the beer was served at room temperature. In looking at it, there were quite a few floaties. Body was yellow with a small white head which dissipated quickly and left only a small ring. Lacing was minimal. Got some bread and a sour vinergary tone on the nose, which carried over into the taste. I'm guessing this is not how it should be. However, It was actually a quite pleasant taste, and I've found that in the summer, I quite like a sour beer.

Overall, was okay tih this beer. Would be interesting to try one fresh and see how different the taste is.

08-15-2014 15:46:22 | More by MikeWard
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

08-13-2014 22:20:06 | More by ColdWaffles
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EnthusedAboutBeer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-09-2014 18:41:54 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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Vogt52

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-03-2014 19:42:32 | More by Vogt52
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lobos62

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-31-2014 13:00:16 | More by lobos62
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-13-2014 01:05:11 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Jbats

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -49%

06-02-2014 17:35:24 | More by Jbats
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podes

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-17-2014 03:19:44 | More by podes
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

A-orange amber color with a large off-white head and great lacing

S-caramel, toasted malt, slight herbal, slight floral

T-caramel, orange, bready malt, floral,moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-very nice ESB with great flavor and balance, easy drinking

01-01-2014 21:26:01 | More by MDDMD
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

10-07-2013 19:28:18 | More by brez8791
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tbeer40

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-15-2013 20:56:46 | More by tbeer40
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-13-2013 13:34:52 | More by dgherm
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-22-2013 17:22:23 | More by Varkias41
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-14-2013 21:07:53 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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blmar311

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-25-2013 06:48:31 | More by blmar311
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sfsean28

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

02-24-2013 17:55:41 | More by sfsean28
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

On-tap @ Barcade in Brooklyn, NY.

Deep Orange, copper color with a pillowy one-finger white head. The sweet, caramel and toffee aroma seemed to jump right out of the glass. Loads of caramel malt in the flavor with a slight roast to it. A buttery smooth finish that rivals any ESB I've had. I don't know if I could drink this all night long as the sweetness might get to me, but I could easily have more than one.

This is one of the best beers in NJ, hands down. Spot on representation of the style and more importantly, just delicious.

01-05-2013 15:00:33 | More by Jacobob10
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chicagoish

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

Climax- ESB

A- Light dark/ orange with a frothy rockey meringue like head. Thick chunky lacing.
S- Light hints of caramel/ toffee malt. Not too hoppy
T- Mildly sweet caramel and toffee malts. Buttery shortbread biscuit and light floral sweet hops. .
M- Smooth! Buttery smooth malt, crisp sweet hops. All evenly balanced. Envelops the mouth with a creamy malty aftertaste.

Overall- I nice ESB

12-23-2012 21:53:26 | More by chicagoish
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

12-12-2012 03:02:58 | More by mdillon86
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barneysdad

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-02-2012 17:24:33 | More by barneysdad
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lauries444

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-05-2012 01:51:58 | More by lauries444
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jnardone235

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-03-2012 04:20:16 | More by jnardone235
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claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a hazy amber liquid with a white head drops quickly to a ringlet that leaves some splashy lacing behind.

Aromas begin with toasted bread and equal caramel maltiness. Earthy hops are more apparent as it warms but by no means as up front as you would expect for an ESB.

The tastes begin with big caramel maltiness with some toffee complementing the toasted bready base. I don't get much bitterness or flavor hops except for a hint in the aftertaste of earthy Goldings style hops.

The mouthfeel is medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Finish is less than stellar; could really use some more balance of hop bitterness to counteract the malty sweetness.

Overall this is a very tasty, sessionable beer but a bit off in style for me. Sweeter, more malty than any other ESB I can recall in recent memory. More like a Scottish mild/Amber style than an ESB.

08-22-2012 14:49:35 | More by claspada
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JaeTea

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

08-18-2012 01:46:37 | More by JaeTea
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Extra Special Bitter Ale from Climax Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.