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Steel Wheels ESB - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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2/5  rDev -47.1%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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2.08/5  rDev -45%

kwesib, Sep 01, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

mrterdferguson, Dec 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

beernads, Jun 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Skabiski, Nov 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Sanchezrox23, Apr 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

MarkJBurch, Mar 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

jaswilson2, Jun 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

T-34-85, Sep 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

StoutSeth, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of delta490
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

delta490, Dec 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

JOTAS, Apr 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

JohnathanColeman, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of russwaddell
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

russwaddell, Nov 10, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Drk93TT, Feb 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

avisong, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Rbodacious, Jan 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Richard-8, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

seanchai, Nov 29, 2013
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dsigmon, Sep 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
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Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.