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Steel Wheels ESB - Blue Mountain Brewery

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85
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: argock on 09-05-2011)
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Reviews by smakawhat:
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real aggressive looking ESB. Nicely foamy and soapy four to five finger controlled head with nice even pinhead bubbles althroughout. Big retention and some speckled soapy lacing. Body color is a deep super crystal clear, but dark copper red, with dark brown hues on the edges. Very big and impressive looking.

Nose is fruity estery large. Hints of caramel and lots of sweet cinnamon alover with some little bit of berried red fruit. A little bit of heat comes off in the background, with some mineral like touches. Some herbal sensing hops but the malt and yeast fruity character seems to be the star. Solid.

Light bodied feel with lots of cinnamon and herbal tea flavors on first sip. Malt action has subdued caramel on the swallow and a hint of faint brown sugars. Sharp. A good hop lingering herbal tea bitterness on the swallow that fits nicely with the cinnamon angles of the malt profile.

Overall, just a solid esb and a good looking one as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:13:26 | More by smakawhat
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-06-2014 03:31:55 | More by JasonTaverner
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-24-2014 23:50:50 | More by jaswilson2
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-17-2014 14:53:06 | More by DavidHume
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-15-2014 04:52:06 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-14-2014 19:30:25 | More by wrightst
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-10-2014 23:55:05 | More by wvbrewcrew
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Act25

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can in a Whole Foods craft pack.

A: Pours clear bronze amber with golden highlights, an offwhite thick head with a fast fade to a ring but lots of lasting lace.

S: Smell is almost a 4. Caramel malts dominate, with biscuit, spice and earthy, barnyard hops.

T: Follows smell but gets bigger. Upfront caramel sweetness with biscuit character followed by earthy, spicy hops which contribute to a long bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good weight, slightly creamy.

O: More caramel and more hops than expected. A nice beer with a big finish and feel.

I let this warm to room temp. It went flat. Much preferred Carton's ESB - Dont panic.

Serving type: can

06-08-2014 23:16:51 | More by Act25
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Florida

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

06-07-2014 18:08:07 | More by beernads
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-07-2014 17:35:18 | More by Richard-8
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benloho

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-07-2014 00:34:06 | More by benloho
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-28-2014 17:13:57 | More by illeagle05
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mikepcarney

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-18-2014 18:48:39 | More by mikepcarney
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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-04-2014 13:49:08 | More by BillRoth
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-28-2014 19:20:20 | More by HuntDaddy540
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atrocity

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-25-2014 15:39:03 | More by atrocity
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-23-2014 08:46:28 | More by Sanchezrox23
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-19-2014 01:50:49 | More by JamieDuncan
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rumor has it that Blue Mountain may be backing off of their CANned offerings and that would be a shame. I have had this CAN in abeyance for a while, trying to get a pic approved. It finally required my acquisition of a tripod (!), but all is now in readiness. Nobody ever said that The CANQuest (TM) is easy!

From the CAN: "Real Virginia Beer"; "Demand Fresh Beer: Check my butt to mke sure I'm not older than I look."; "Drink the good stuff."; "The music of The Steel Wheels and the beer from Blue Mountain are both original and handcrafted with inspired Ameri[CAN]a flavors from the heart of Virginia. Our collaboration E.S.B. draws from the past with British Crystal malts and Scottish yeast, but uses Ameri[CAN] hop to put our own stamp on the creation. Take time to drink slowly and listen truly. Wherever you are, get ready to sing along, to harmonize. Maybe even get up and dance."; "Hear the Steel Wheels at www.TheSteelWheels.com, or meet them soon at a show to hear the music as they love to share it: live, kickin' and real."; "Virginia's first craft brewery in a [CAN]"; "Pack it in [,] pack it out".

I wanted to make an allusion to Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle with You" or something about a trifecta wheel combination, but when their website allowed me to listen to some of their music, I decided to go with their "Winter Is Coming" as accompaniment. Music and beer, another winning CANbination!

At long last, the Crack! occurred and thanks to yet another brimful craft CAN, I incurred a spritz of beer across my fingers. I liken it to a happy puppy eager to come out and play. The band and I celebrated with an inverted Glug that created a quick pseudo-cascade and easily two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a distinct caramel malt sweetness underlain by a grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unexpectedly more bitter than the nose had led me to expect. I really liked the way that the hops and malts interacted on this one, with neither overwhelming the other and making for an eminently quaffable beer. It had a dry biscuity maltiness and a grassiness that made for a very dry iteration of the style. Finish was quite dry and an unexpected bonus for me as I was expecting yet another sweet ESB. I really hope that the rumors are unfounded as I would love to have some more CANs of this one!

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 12:04:21 | More by woodychandler
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bigbutter

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-08-2014 00:31:37 | More by bigbutter
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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msquared36

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a thin white head.

Aroma is fantastic. Strong floral scents.

The floral notes are very pronounced in the taste as well. Also noticed a hint of pineapple. Crisp, dry finish.

Decent carbonation. Nothing special buts works for the beer.

This is a very good beer. Refreshing and drinkable but with nice complexity and heft. Ranks right up there with the English ESB's.

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 02:08:36 | More by msquared36
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Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.