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Steel Wheels ESB - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: argock on 09-05-2011

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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 29
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark red color. The head is three fingers high, and light khaki in shade. While its duration isn't the longest, it manages to leave behind a consistent amount of lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: The Scottish yeast really brings out some nice malt definition alongside the esters - not only do subtle stone fruits come out, I also pick up plenty of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Let it warm up, and some of the hops come through with a decent floral quality. Wow, Blue Mountain really nailed a good balance between hops, malts, and esters. Everything appears vividly yet harmoniously - one of the better ESBs I've come across, at least aromatically. (4)

Taste: It starts off with some caramel malts, before the esters appear in full force. The estery notes are typical for an ESB; slightly atypical is the pleasantly hoppy finish. Hell, I even get hints of vanilla. Some toast and more caramel gently pops up on the aftertaste. This is quite complex: not in the complicated "a billion notes smushed together" way, but in a cohesive and refined manner that shows off each aspect very well while staying in balance. Delicious! (4)

Mouthfeel: The palate features an initial stickiness from crystal malts, yet it finishes surprisingly dry and light. Plenty of fruit flavors (rather than the malts) linger on the palate nicely. Carbonation is restrained in all the right ways, doing enough to cleanse the taste buds without seeming overly lively. (4)

Overall: Yesterday, I had an ESB that was quite good - keep in mind this isn't my favorite style by any stretch. And this makes two good ESBs in a row. No wait, this is a GREAT ESB. This works so well because all three aspects (malts, hops, esters) are easy to pick out yet balanced to near perfection. It's also officially beaten Fuller's ESB as the best example of the style I've had. (4)

3.97/5: Oh crap, I'm becoming a fan of ESBs!

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4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First off, the nose is very English in nature, and absolutely gorgeous. Lots of fruit comes out right away (berries and dried apple, primarily), but it's woven so beautifully with toasty malt, caramel, nuts, and a just enough floral hops to give it a certain lightness. The mouthfeel is moderately full and smooth, while there is just enough bitterness to keep things in check and not an iota more. Mostly caramel dominates the palate, but the finish is surprisingly dry (!!!), with the toasty malt and flowers lingering on the finish. Hell, yes! They got the finish right, and drinkability is off the charts! Everything about this beer is so harmonious and well put together. This has been a genuine pleasure to drink- I look forward to getting it again, and whatever else I can find by this brewery.

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3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev +0.8%

Best by date of April, so... Aroma is fairly rich and malty, with toasted notes, caramel, and fruity specialty malt. There's a metallic note. Flavor reveals much more specialty malt fruitiness, accompanied by herbal hops, and spicy hop character. Bitterness is fairly subdued, which pleases my palate. Fruity character definitely dominates, but it's quite acceptable.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a deep clear red amber with a medium long lasting thick beige head. Toasted caramel malt, grains, yeast and bready notes fill the nose, with some fruity notes and mild hops bitterness. A medium body with moderate carbonation, and mild sticky mouth feel on the palate. The finish is a combination of sweet toasted caramel malt, yeast fruity notes and mild bitterness on the end for balance. A very well made, balanced and tasty brew. drink some.

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Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.