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E.S.B. - Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Broad Ripple Brew Pub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 10-24-2002)
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NooseJustice

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-01-2013 18:02:57 | More by NooseJustice
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Generik420

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is definitely the flagship beer at the Broad Ripple Brewpub. It won a gold medal at the GABF in the early/mid 90's, and it what really propelled the brewpub to fame at that time. Beer pours a nice deep copper color with a thin off white head. Head dissapates quickly. They pour 20oz imperial pints, and give you a very full measure. Taste is outstanding. Strong malty backbone with a nice crisp finish. Definitely has some sweetness present and very mild bitterness. Body is between light and medium, making it a very easy drinking beer. This could easily be a great session beer that doesn't seem to grow old on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 16:01:31 | More by Generik420
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poogas

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

12-12-2011 00:49:32 | More by poogas
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

06-19-2012 16:18:46 | More by denimdemon
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - It pours in an exceptionally picturesque manner. Never have I seen a cask beer look so good. The brown body proudly boasts a generous crown of off-white frothy head. I am astounded.

S - Amazing, fantastic, beyond superlative. Delectable notes of cocoa and vanilla mingle with a rich maltiness and a bright grassy-leafy hop bitterness.

T - This beer is loaded with complexity and subtlety; it is also the picture of balance. The earthy, leafy, grassy and resiny hop is very forward in the mix, but the malt is ample and sturdy. Notes of rich malt meld into nuances of vanilla and cocoa, and the hop segues from bitter to more herbal as the glass empties.

M - Velvety and luxurious, with ample brightness and effervescence. The best cask I've ever had.

D - I would drink many a pint of this if I lived in Indianapolis.

Serving type: cask

07-14-2010 16:18:22 | More by ktrillionaire
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zerk

California

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A winner of the GABF gold medal in 1991, I knew this had to be the first beer I try from BRBP... copper with very little head that quickly dissapated and left almost no lace at all. Aroma was of carmel with fruity esters... a little bit of alcohol as well. Flavor began with a malt sweetness... some grainy flavors... floral hops flavors, then meduim bitterness to finish things off --- extremently well balanced. Carbonation is low-meduum, with a medium body. This is exactly what I think of when I think of ESB... and is my new favorite for the style. If you make your way to Broad Ripple, you simply MUST try this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2002 07:18:03 | More by zerk
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-22-2014 19:50:29 | More by olafphysics
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Jon

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber/mahogany color with a frothy off-white head.

Caramelized malty nose with a hint of floral, earthy hops.

Very well-balanced flavor with notes of toasty caramel malt, toffee, herbal, earthy hops and a lingering, off-dry finish.

Superbly smooth mouthfeel with medium body.

This ESB drinks incredibly easily. A well-balanced ale with a great deal of character. The best everyday offering from Broad Ripple Brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2004 03:47:22 | More by Jon
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thedrewski86

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the best beer I had at Broad Ripple when I was recently there. This is a great example of a Bitter: hazy golden color, moderate lacing, great smell (biting hops) and the taste is amazing. Perfectly balanced malt and hops; not too bitter and just the right amount of fruity sweetness. This and their double IPA go great with fish'n'chips.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2010 23:34:05 | More by thedrewski86
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

08-23-2013 02:18:03 | More by WoodBrew
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blurredline

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-11-2013 20:03:14 | More by blurredline
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-08-2013 15:25:23 | More by MSandahl23
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Viking

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored body, a very little amout of carbonation apparent in the body. Decent head, but retention is pretty weak. Nice malty aroma, with plenty of hops - floral and grassy. Smooth and very well balanced flavor. Very earthy and hoppy, with plenty of bready caramel malt sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, with a nice oily hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 06:14:53 | More by Viking
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Ricochet

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I was new to microbrews, I went to any microbrew and tried the sampler, and usually ended up with the dark beers. I had never had an ESB at this point, and didn't really know what the hell it was. Well, the Cumberland in Louisville brewed one and I tried it, and shrugged. It was lighter, but I preferred thier pale and nitro porter.

So my friend and I were in the Broad Ripple, and I had thier dark beer, but he had the ESB because he was more experienced with beers. He said I should get one, so I did. That was it. I locked into it and drank nothing else when I went to the Broad Ripple. Period. It was the best ESB that I compared all others too.

This past weekend, five years with two years of being a BA later, I found myself at the Broad Ripple and ordered the holy grail of ESB's and well, it wasn't as wonderful as I remembered, but then, as I sipped, it became again, a great beer in my book.

It had a good head that stayed with the beer and was a cloudy yellow-grey appearence, almost like a mead. There was not much to smell, but the grains used. Not as pungent as a wheat or Hefe. Mouth was watery, not much bite, washed down clean with good foam , it was also served near room temperature. Taste was, well, very decent. It wasn't as hoppy as some American ESBs, it had a mild flavor with a slight bitter wash, but what made this beer was the flavor of the grains used. I could almost pick out the elements in this beer, and imagined that if I ordered an ESB in a bar in England, this is the pint I'd get. Very nice.

Well, ESB from Broad Ripple remains the finest microbrewed ESB with only Fullers ESB in bottles being the best I've tried. If you're at the BR, get one. Then, get another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2006 14:57:47 | More by Ricochet
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BlackAngus

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the BRBP's flagship beer, a gold-medal winner in the GABF. And you can tell.

The appearance is slightly turbid, with a dark copper color. Carbonation is low, with little head, which is indicitive of the style.

Smell has a pleasant, earthy hop aroma, with hints of malt.

Taste is exceptional. This is the money-maker.

Mouthfeel is smooth, low carb, well balanced.

Very drinkable. I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2006 13:40:26 | More by BlackAngus
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JamesS

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice ESB, it had a wonderful copper color to it, with excellent lacing. Nice malty scent, and a nice bit of earthy hops in the undertone. Good taste, nice and clean, with a bit more of a malty feel than most ESBs, with a wonderful earthy hop finish. It goes down smooth, quite a wonderful ESB.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2007 14:24:14 | More by JamesS
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut color, almost mohogany. Small, thin white head, not much retention or lace. Darker, malt almost a roasty aroma. Floral hop aroma. Good slightly caramel biscuit malt, followed by a fair amount of floral hop bitterness. Finishes slightly dry. Lighter body, low carbonation. This is another great session beer brom Broad Ripple.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2005 02:31:09 | More by Bierguy5
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-19-2014 02:24:21 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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target88

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-05-2013 17:33:28 | More by target88
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a sampler: Pours a rich amber color witha medium light beige head. Decent lacing. The aroma is fairly malty, with caramel and hops also detectable. The flavor is not overly bitter, and it has a strong malt backbone. The finish is alternating malt and hops. Not too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2004 15:10:53 | More by Dogbrick
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cnally

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another beer for me. another reason to get divorced.

the esb is a radiant red with absolutely no head. what is it with me not getting any head?

bitter, sour aroma of grain and cabbage. I didn't say it was great.

the flavor is very good. it is a nice spicy hop flavor right up front which maintains its body until a bitter flavor kicks in. slightly fruity quality in this one as well, as well as a little grassy aftertaste.

thick, undercarbonated mouthfeel.

very decent brew here. more carbonation please, but that is my personal preference. great flavor on this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2009 23:20:40 | More by cnally
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a ½ pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm reddish-brown body with a thick snow-white head that last for a bit then fades to a thin ring around the rim. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The taste of smooth toasted malt has a very slight sweetness to it giving it a fresh taste with a light pine hops nose to follow.

T- The flavor of toasted malt is supported by notes of biscuit malt and a very light caramel note. The finish is a light smooth pine hops with a light bitterness that finishes pretty quickly.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol warmth when the beer warms.

D- This beer has some nice malt flavor with softer hop flavor. This is a nice session beer with good malt flavors supported by hops flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2007 22:55:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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schoolcb

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored and slightly hazy. Not much head to speak of. Aroma is malty sweetness. Big hop flavor and aftertaste, but it does not overpower the malt backbone. Hop flavor is a bit woody. Medium bodied.

The menu says this beer won a gold at the GABF. It is a good beer, but I have to say of all those I sampled I liked the Replic Ale (Cask-conditioned Scottish-80) better than the rest.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2008 00:14:55 | More by schoolcb
E.S.B. from Broad Ripple Brew Pub
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