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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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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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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.

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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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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.

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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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