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Sierra Nevada ESB (Early Spring Beer) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 641 | Reviews: 572
Photo of cyguyjg
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I miss this ale. It was a great example of an American ESB. Slightly malty, the alcohol gave it just the right punch.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Our ESB combines the best of English tradition with West Coast style. A blend of malts featuring British-grown Maris Otter is balanced with the earthy spiciness of hand-selected English and US hops. The ale is left unfiltered, which enhances mouthfeel and hop aroma creating a slightly reddish-copper hue." Brewed in the style of an English Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Previously available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on draft, this was retired after 2009.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of an off-white color over a very cloudy deep amber body. There is a dense cloud of sediment floating in this beer. Retention is good and lacing is medium and solid curtained. 4

(Smell) Doughy English bread malts with a light sweetness are joined by a very faded earthy hop notes and some light fruitiness. Altogether, it's a light aroma but very clean. 3.5

(Taste) English pale malts, slightly less sweet, less bready with a light earthy hop profile to pair. Finishes earthy bitter and hoppy with a touch of stale graininess on the back end. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is soft for a smooth, fluffy mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is grainy and bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium, and there are no discernible off-characters. 3.5

(Overall) ESB is another beer that I stumbled upon recently and despite its age, it's still a decent drinking beer, likely handled very well over the past few years. While I don't recommend going out of your way to dig through the cellars for this beer, I can testify that what remains of the ESB is still a mighty fine beverage, and I hope to get the chance to try it again, especially if we have an American ESB interest reemerge in the future. 3.5

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Sierra Nevada ESB (Early Spring Beer) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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