Renewale - 2013 Extra Special Bitter - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Reidrover on 12-29-2012)
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Braz
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of ricke49
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ESB is my go-to style... and so when the brewery down the road (Deschutes) discontinued one of their original beers, in June 2012 (ESB...at least in stores/bottles) I started looking for a replacement. With this Ninkasi offering, I've found it.

The color is spot on, which really excited me from the first moment. Then the great malt backbone delivers as hoped for, followed by a nice hop finish. A little different balance than the Deschutes retiree, just a bit more hop flavor....but still, this brew does a great job of providing that wonderful balance that makes ESB's the great style that it is. Thanks Ninkasi.

Photo of sam_bliss
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into Ninkasi pint glass

Three full fingers of head form atop this crystal-clear rust-brown extra special ale. I can smell the fresh hops even before my nose approaches the glass. Upon close-range sniffing, pineapple esters waft effortlessly into the nostrils. Caramel malt gives way to tropical fruit as the beer works its way through the mouth. Earthiness grounds the sweet flavors into a smooth, well-balanced taste. Foam deposited by the head laces the sides of the glassware and all is good with the world.

This is a good, fruity ESB. The mouthfeel is of medium body and fine bubbles. The aftertaste is tingly and slightly tart. Citrus is not evident until the very end. The hops are tasty but not overpowering of the yeast. Yum

Photo of vkv822
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Kevin73
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of kemoarps
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm not generally really big on ESBs, so, there's that.

The pour is pretty beer-like. Amber colour, little head, minor retention, minimal lacing. It doesn't look bad, but nothing sets it apart IMO. It looks like beer!

Predominantly malt and yeast on the nose. Some straw, a little floral hops in the backdrop, but this is mostly malts.

This is much more balanced than the nose would suggest. There's certainly a malt presence, but it's less prominent than in the nose Slightly sweeter than the nose, as well. Caramel, bread, some floral hops come through in phases finishing with the bitterness. The aftertaste is more bready, however (but still with the bitter hops in there as well).

Not my favourite style, but a quite drinkable example thereof. Worth picking up I would say

Photo of Spikester
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Renewale - 2013 Extra Special Bitter from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.