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

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Sierra Nevada ESB (Early Spring Beer)Sierra Nevada ESB (Early Spring Beer)

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very good

634 Ratings
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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 570
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-09-2008)
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very upset to see this has been retired. This beer pours out as a really nice copper color with a fluffy white head. Excellent lacing down the glass. The smell of this beer was fresh and very hoppy. Floral and citrusy, very good smelling brew. The taste is sharp and crisp, very hoppy and really refreshing brew. The mouthfeel was light and clean. Overall it's a real shame that this one is no more. This was easily one of Sierra Nevada's best.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:48:46 | More by Knapp85
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review culled from the backlog from hell. I am sad that this beer is no more; Glissade or whatever replaced it is not a good substitute.

A - The beer is radiantly copper, and is topped with a fluffy off-white head that clings to the glass.

S - It smells deliciously hoppy, but not terribly bitter. Citrus aromas mingle with pine notes above a toasty and crisp malt base.

T - The crispness of flavor is great. Toasty malt and citric-piney-floral hop share equal billing in this show. The resulting brew is easily enjoyable, and exhibits a greatly balanced dynamic.

M - The feel is like a good IPA. Medium-light in body, and gentle carbonation.

D - I drink the hell out of this stuff; it is my most commonly consumed SN offering during the season, although Celebration is neck-and-neck with it. A great beer from a great brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 18:48:44 | More by ktrillionaire
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old notes.

A: The pour is amber-orange in color with a large white head and some streaky lacing.

S: Very crisp on the nose. Clean citrus hops, toasted malts, and a nice clean breadiness. Some yeast notes to it as well. I also pick up some floral hops and maybe just a touch of grass.

T: Decently bitter with good citrus, floral, and grassy hop flavors. Clean bread and toasted malt flavors to go along with the hop profile. A touch of yeast and slightly dry on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: I really liked this beer and I wish that Sierra Nevada hadn't retired it. Really easy to drink and good clean flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark gold color, good clarity. A negligible degree of citrus aroma.

Taste, very balanced, not super bitter or hoppy, a trademark of SN, but not overly malty or some funky yeast flava. A dry finish to a highly carbonated beer. Right in the middle of the road really in every category malt, hops, alcohol, citrus feel, etc. . ., this is a good 2nd beer of the day.

Got one of these left that has been aging over a year. Was it meant to be? No. But who knows, I'll revisit when I have it.

Serving type: bottle

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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a 2009 bottle

A - pours a cloudy dark rust orange with just a bit of foam

S - hints of toasted grains and sweet caramel malts

T - strong malts up front with hints of orange, grassy earthy hops as well

M/D - medium bodied with good carbonation and flavor. Not my favorite by any means, but just a decent tasting brew

Serving type: bottle

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 2008 bottle I finally got to, this shows a very hazy dark orange amber color with a giant light oatmeal colored head with lots of lace hanging on the pint glass. The aroma is grassy malt and metallic hints. Not too impressive or alluring but not bad, with just a touch of citrus bite. The flavor comes on with much more balance malt and herbal hop bitterness. It's grassy with a kind of simple grainy malt and hop bite. Good but not great. Medium to light bodied and fairly drinkable. The feel is a little crispy and vaguely resinous.

Serving type: bottle

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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hayzy reddish-copper color. Thin head that disapates quickly.
English style malt aromas blend with a noble hop profile. Some slight spicy citrus hop too.
Light sweetend malts provide a strong backbone for this brew. Some dry, breaddy flavors peak through. Hops blend in with mild bitter flavors that turn to spicy citrus tones.
Nice big body here for the style. Unfilltered leaves body true. Some oily resins left in mouth too.
Pritty good offering here. Drink doesn't seem to have great freshness or crisp quality. Neverless a respectable brew.

Serving type: bottle

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in 2009.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange copper color that produced a superb off-white fluffy head that just stuck to every inch of the glass; solid retention.

(S)- Piney lemon & lime with a twist of pineapple & grapefruit. Bits of honey & caramel. Just a kiss of damp wood.

(T)- A big dryness & bitterness with the same citrus notes from the smell. Extremely bitter & dry.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance of bitter hops & citrus; minimal malt, but present in a honey-like sweetness.

(D)- A solid beer that certainly fits the name/style. A good feel & bitterness; plenty of hop goodness. Wouldnt mind having a 6pak of this on hand in the springtime.

Serving type: bottle

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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden amber colored beer with a thick, creamy, off white head. Solid retention and a spider web like lacing left as the head diminishes

S-light nose of toasted grains, a touch of sweet caramel, and a light lemon hop

T-bitter throughout, although not over powering, grainy, caramel and pale malts, with a finish of honey and citrusy hops.

M-relatively smooth and highly carbonated, coats the mouth and somewhat dry and crisp at the finish

D-pretty solid flavors and goes down nicely. A little strong on the bitterness flavor throughout detracts from the balance.

Serving type: bottle

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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Plan B. I've had this bottled before but I like to review things on tap.

A - Dark amber body with a nice white head.

S - Bready malts with some citrus notes.

T - Bready malts, some spice to it, citrus hops, nothing overpowering about this beer, very tame.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. A nice mild mouthfeel that does doesn't scream anything at you, it just whispers.

D - Well balanced beer that is very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Stone Levitation flute-like glass

A - big pillowly and thick head, could only fit about 80% of the beer in before letting it die. lots of spotty lacing down the glass as the foam falls to a big chalky mound in the center. beer is a very hazy pale amber color.

S - big bread and dough, slight citrus and grassy hops which have died down quite a bit (aware that this beer is well past its prime).

T - big bready malts hit first then followed by some grass and piney hop bittering, finishes with more smooth malt.

M - nicely carbonated, medium bodied and a nice syrupy feel let the flavors dance. imagine this would be even better fresh.

D - great beer, will try this again in season for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 06:14:49 | More by Stigs
Sierra Nevada ESB (Early Spring Beer) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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