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Renewale - 2013 Extra Special Bitter - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Reidrover on 12-29-2012)
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Reviews by N3rdM3t4l:
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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz brown bottle purchased at The Beir Stein in Eugene. Poured into my lucky Ninkasi pint glass.

A: very clear copper with no head but a splotchy bit of white foam.

S: sweet malt up front and just a hint of hops. Very English smelling. Not much else going on it seems pretty simple. Expected of the style. Smells clean, like it might be good drinking.

T: sold malt body with that little bit of that almost dank English malt. Big hops on the end, almost too big but I guess that is expected from a Ninkasi brew. Acceptable in,an ESB.

M: really heavy almost chewey. Smooth with a bit of carb. Very good.

O: impressed, the hops are a bit heavy handed but you know Ninkasi will do what Ninkasi will do. All in all it is a pretty good ESB. I want to pick up a six pack now.

01-06-2013 05:18:00 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-01-2013 00:18:08 | More by Lazaro
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

02-26-2013 23:58:21 | More by JupiterJesus
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2014 07:30:30 | More by dertyd
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3.86/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance is nice. Pours a clear dark copper with an off white head that hangs around for a few minutes and produces some nice lacing. Smell is overwhelmingly malty, although I was just cooking and had residual spices smell all over my hands, so maybe there was more. Flavor is a bit watery on the front end, the bready malts come through in the middle, and there is a subtle hops bitterness on the finish. The flavor is good but could be more aggressive. Medium bodied but meaty enough to enjoy. Overall a good beer and worth another try. Ninkasi is amazing and rarely disappoints.

01-24-2013 02:15:04 | More by Kevin73
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Thin head on a clear, copper colored body.
The aroma is grainy and honey, but quite bold for a lager.
The taste has a building bitterness that is balanced with a mild sweetness. The finish is a dry bitterness and a little bready.
Low carbonation and medium body.
A really enjoyable beer and quite drinkable.

01-01-2013 23:48:51 | More by Fatehunter
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-20-2014 21:46:21 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-27-2013 21:10:18 | More by rfreed
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-28-2013 01:54:29 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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3.79/5  rDev +3%

Clear dark amber with an off white three fingers of head. Actually lost a small amount from head overflow. Rings of lacing.
Smell is slightly floral and dank.
Taste is slight malt sweetness with a big resinous hop hit that flows like a wave of tasty bitterness over the tongue. Very much an English ESB with a Northwest hoppy punch added.
Mouthfeel is medium or a bit more. Carbonation was fine.
Overall am glad to find a local ESB I can find at the local market. I hope it is not just a short term special or seasonal. And yes I do miss the Deschutes ESB also. I guess I wasn't drinking enough of it!

01-18-2013 07:45:49 | More by Spikester
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03-07-2013 19:56:22 | More by hannaho
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3.54/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz picked up tonight at Brewer's Haven on the way home from work.. Poured into my HotD goblet... clear dark copper brew with a sorta yellowish head... only a couple spots of lacing.. okay.

Nose is toasty with some grassy hoppiness... a bit of something that I associate with fruity esters, but are hard to discern.

A bit bitter for the style but okay given the PNW origin.. hop flavors show fairly strong grassy notes... toasty malts and some fermented out caramel..

Body is light with light/medium carbonation.. seems appropriate.

very drinkable.. nicely done.. but anybody hoping for a Continental ESB will bitch and be disappointed.. A well made beer with a nod to England with a firm hand in Cascadia.


01-31-2013 05:35:06 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-22-2013 09:04:42 | More by DeekNayvuz
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-03-2013 19:20:19 | More by Laklimell
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-21-2013 17:05:47 | More by dsshuck
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-26-2013 01:57:29 | More by allstar255
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%

A: This one's a looker - beautiful crystal clear deep amber/umber topped with a creamy tan billowy head.
S: Yeast up front with a some smooth malt chaser. Some funky wet wood scent and sweet burnt sugars.
T: Sweet caramel malts followed by yeasts reminiscent of English brews, like wet damp wood, like a wet forest. End notes of pity bitters that compound as you sip.
M: Nice level of carbonation and medium viscosity.
O: Overall it's a ESB that sings true to the style, enjoyable bitters and smooth malts. Not my personal favourite and I don't enjoy the British yeastiness as much and I enjoy the West Coast style, but a good representation of an ESB overall.

02-14-2013 03:59:54 | More by FondueVoodoo
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

Clear dark amber colored ale with a tall and tan colored head.

Mild smelling, herbal hops and mild malt aromas. Some burnt sugar and caramel in the aroma.

Starts out mildly malty and assertively bitter. On the dry side with an agreeable herbal bitterness. Little bit of caramel and butter with a slight leather taste to it. Hard water mineral flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an agreeable and tasty bitter. A mild beer that I could drink all day.

02-10-2013 02:41:02 | More by Zorro
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-06-2013 07:36:21 | More by Birdlegs
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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

22 oz bottle bought from "Habits" cig store in Salem. $3.99 Deep ,clear amber coloured beer with a lovely creme coloured head. Light spicy hop and caramel in aroma Very smooth like it says..caramel and fruity lightly resiny hop, definatly earthy and a little tobacco. Nice Palate is fine but honestly could use a bit more carbonation An OK ESB..leaning well on the trad English Premium Bitter side

12-29-2012 04:24:48 | More by Reidrover


3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-04-2013 02:57:12 | More by BESTIALEX
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4.31/5  rDev +17.1%

Clear dark bronze in color. Big sudsy tan white head, persist for minute or so. Aromas are sweet and malty, comparable to bread. Flavor has a slight roasted quality. Big hop punch at the end. Very clean hop taste, sounds strange but it made my mouth feel clean for some reason. Some subtle sweetness is there also. Very good beer, enjoyed alot.

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4.01/5  rDev +9%

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, coppery orange with a thick, craggy off white head and nice, spotty lacing.

Grassy, lightly floral hops, clean caramel, biscuit malt backing.

Biscuit and caramel malts upfront, followed quickly by grassy, floral hops. Quite nice.

Medium body, with average carbonation.

I really enjoyed this ESB. Easy drinking, but still a lot of flavor.

01-16-2013 09:10:18 | More by vkv822
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Renewale - 2013 Extra Special Bitter from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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