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Steel Wheels ESB - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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djre4orm

Virginia

2/5  rDev -47.2%

10-04-2012 16:44:11 | More by djre4orm
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mrterdferguson


2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

12-17-2012 03:00:42 | More by mrterdferguson
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beernads

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

06-07-2014 18:08:07 | More by beernads
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-02-2014 16:46:27 | More by MarkJBurch
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-26-2013 21:29:41 | More by mendvicdog
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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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StoutSeth

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

09-24-2013 21:29:22 | More by StoutSeth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%

The beer is copper hued and teeming with bubbles. Thin tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is weak, offering some fruity malt and grain. Sweet malt with caramel malt and fruity toffee. A bit syrupy on the palate. Alcohol presence is too much for the style. Too sweet and lacking that pleasant bitterness to help balance everything out. Mediocre.

09-15-2013 01:46:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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delta490

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

A- poured a clear copper-tinted amber with a short lasting fizzier white head. No retention at all (true to style)

S- minimal at best with slight hints of raisins and some nondescript hops. Sometimes it was non-existent.

T- again, very little in the taste. There are some mild notes of dark fruit and some subtle hops. But all in all, this comes up short to other ESBs I've had, especially those made in England.

M- A little thinner but definitely not watery.

O- I wanted this to be better. It's not bad, per se, but it falls short as an ESB.

12-17-2013 00:40:14 | More by delta490
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-15-2013 01:58:00 | More by nmann08
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JOTAS

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-31-2013 23:08:23 | More by JOTAS
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

02-01-2014 00:40:48 | More by JohnathanColeman
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russwaddell

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

I have often been disappointed by ESBs, but this is good beer.

Pours totally clear with a small head. Decent lacing but not a ton. A layer of bubbles sticks around for quite awhile. Copper to brown color.

Smells like an amber or red ale but with some really subdued hop notes too. I associate this style with the English, and I associate the smell with the smell of an English pub. That could be good or bad, I suppose.

Taste is a little more floral than I expected. It's sort of metallic but in a good way rather than a malt liquor way. Long but not terribly bitter finish.

Thicker on the tongue than I was expecting. Quite sweet, but still easy drinking. Not even slightly boozy, which seems consistent with the style.

I come away very pleased with this beer, maybe because I did not expect to enjoy the style. It sort of reminds me of a really good, clean, balanced German lager...but more English?

You know, on second thought I have no idea why I insist on bringing nationality into this review.

11-10-2013 22:43:34 | More by russwaddell
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

22oz corked bomber.. into a pint glass

A : Pours a reddish brown color with a 2 finger head that partly sticks around throughout the experience. Bubbly and active in the glass... Yet leaves minimal lacing.

S: Light carmel and apple spice scent. Some malty-bready tones too.. but barely there.

T: Crisp and carbonated.. almost a bitter granny smith-like apple taste that lasts throughout. The apple flavor fades as the beer warms. But its still very much there.

M: Thin and crisp here, not as thick as I had hoped for.. not very chewy at all. Aftertaste is very faint.

A pretty decent ESB here, but I beleive itd be much much better with more body and maltiness going on in the mouthfeel. The apple flavor is too much for me.. it dominates the palate. Still glad i gave this a go, only beer ever had from Blue Mountain so far.. Not bad. Try it for sure.

02-23-2014 00:28:03 | More by Drk93TT
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-26-2014 23:02:00 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-06-2013 04:58:31 | More by avisong
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Rbodacious

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-09-2014 01:46:08 | More by Rbodacious
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Richard-8

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-29-2013 17:15:52 | More by seanchai
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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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illeagle05

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-28-2014 17:13:57 | More by illeagle05
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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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siege06nd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-21-2014 19:29:39 | More by siege06nd
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-01-2014 22:36:27 | More by oriolesfan4
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Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.