Extra Special Bitter Ale - Climax Brewing Company
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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
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
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
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
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
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
Extra Special Bitter Ale from Climax Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.