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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

638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

buckyp, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

verdict603, Dec 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

PhatAtUT, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

xnicknj, Dec 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

rab53, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

alamode, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

twelveinches, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

rrryanc, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
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.

ktrillionaire, May 13, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
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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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 05, 2010
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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

mikereaser, Jun 24, 2010
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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.

Durge, Jun 23, 2010
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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.

FishGetter, Mar 11, 2010
Sierra Nevada ESB (Early Spring Beer) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.