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Farm To Market Ale - Skagit River Brewery

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81
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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 9.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Skagit River Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: distantmantra on 08-10-2011)
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Chyren:
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3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear amber with mild carbonation. A somewhat weak head soon dissipates and leaves meager lacing.

S: biscuity, I'd say, but light, and some floral or fruit notes. A very mild hoppy essence. Something sour too, that's hard to distinguish.

T: somewhat malty, a little bread with butter, somewhat fruity, moderate hoppiness that could use some extra character. And that sourness is back. It seems off to style but not necessarily an accidental flavor. I think it could be the yeast as I've noticed it in a number of other small local breweries.

M: medium body, not as much oomph as I expected and desperately wanted. Alcohol presence is too noticeable for he ABV claimed. It's easy enough to drink though. Goes does with no fuss whatsoever.

O: really, the strange sour flavor clashed with what the beer seemed like it should've been. I do not expect an ESB to be of so thin and sour nature. It was almost (almost) like a berlinerweisse. Again, not a bad beer, but probably should be described in a different way.

Chyren, Aug 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of distantmantra
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Produced for PCC Natural Markets to raise money for their PCC Farmland Trust charity.

22 oz. bottle poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer pours a dark golden amber color with a thin head of white foam. Small strands of bubbles continuously rise from the bottom of the glass. There is very light lacing that quickly dissipates.

S: There are strong notes of bready toasted malt with a hint of butter from the diacetyl common in ESBs. There is also a light fruity scent present.

T: Very strong bitterness from the hops without any of the fruity flavor. In terms of actual flavors, there is a strong toasted malt profile here with hints of butter and honey.

M: Full-bodied mouth feel with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Medium carbonation.

O: I was at PCC the other night and saw that this was produced exclusively for them, so I figured why not. I now remember why I'm not a fan of ESBs. It's not a terrible beer, but definitely not something I'd seek out ever again.

distantmantra, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Boozecamel
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Boozecamel, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

MAUEX_MFA, Oct 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Hopmodium, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy coppery amber. Half finger white head dissipated quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass with wispy lacing. Mild but pleasant aroma of toasted biscuit malt. Taste follows with biscuit and bready malt, faint fruit. Finishes with a nice mellow biscuit malt. Fairly laid back with no outstanding features, but true to style and very pleasant to drink. Medium bodied. Tasted like ambrosia after four hours of yard work. This is another case where I seem to like one of Skagit's ales a lot better than most BA; the other is Trumpeter Stout, which I think is excellent, but it gets uninspired reviews here.

LiquidAmber, May 06, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Pioneer Market in La Conner, Washington. Pours a clear medium amber with an average cap of foam. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a little oily. Nice resiny hop aroma.

This starts out tasting like a classic ESB taste, from my limited experience with the style, but then it turns mostly bitter like an IPA. Substantial malt to start. There is a hint of caraway, something like a rye taste. The hops pretty much take over

I wouldn't call this very drinkable, and it has what seems to be the classic Skagit River profile-- too much bitter hops to support the modest flavors. Nice of the brewery to support a vital local cause, though, and I give them credit for that. You can also look up "Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland" and send them a check.

mactrail, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Valley_Town_Sipper, Apr 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

twelveinches, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since a portion of each sale goes to preserving local farmland, I'll forgo my usual bitching about the 22oz bottle format. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, almost clear, coppery brown color with about 3/4 inch of tan colored head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly the expected grainy malt, with some nice, soft, complimentary hops in the background. On the tongue, the beer had an additional citrus hop kick at the back of the palate.

The body was smooth, even, pleasantly full, and had a clean finish. Drinkability was very good, the bottle was gone quickly. Overall, a pretty nice take on the style, certainly worth grabbing a bottle if you see it.

beertunes, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of GordonofSeattle
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: rather flat, low carbonation, little lacing

S: smells very fresh, very light smell

T: For an ESB it's right on. It's interesting, floral, light, and a little aggressive. ESB's definitely aren't my favorite ale, but for an ESB I think this is a worthy take.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

GordonofSeattle, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Sound_Explorer, May 11, 2014
Farm To Market Ale from Skagit River Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.