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Extra Special Bitter Ale - Climax Brewing Company

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Extra Special Bitter AleExtra Special Bitter Ale

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very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2002

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 52
Photo of nmann08
1.74/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

From a bottle, pours a dark gold copper color; super carbonated with a big head that fizzes above the rim of the glass.

The nose is a mess from the start. It smells like rotten flowers and melted plastic. That is all I can pull out. I barely get any hop content. The flavor is tropical fruit, but more like fruit by the foot than fresh fruit. It is very sweet.

This is gross, I wish I could be nicer, but this is terrible. I am assuming I had a bad bottle given the high marks on here, but cmon?

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loaded with hops, not great but definitely drinkable.

Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of roconnor
4.76/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of ahernandez2003
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MikeWard
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

Photo of ColdWaffles
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of lobos62
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jbats
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of podes
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MDDMD
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of tbeer40
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sfsean28
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Jacobob10
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chicagoish
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Extra Special Bitter Ale from Climax Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.