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Steel Wheels ESB - Blue Mountain Brewery

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85
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-15-2013 01:58:00 | More by nmann08
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-11-2013 02:30:59 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a rich full bronze with a creamy half finger white head atop that settles very slowly into froth.Caramel/biscuit malt and some spicy hops in the nose,they don't jump out at ya but are pronounced.Fresh tasting with a nice bready maltiness on the palate,lightly sweet caramel provides more layered maltiness,a decent shot of spicy hops in a lingering finish.A full almost creamy feel to the makes it easy going down and a pleasure to drink.I would love to try this on the hand pump,a bigger ESB with a dose of American hops,a very solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 17:58:06 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-26-2013 02:12:19 | More by GRG1313
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-11-2013 02:36:05 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice esb. Smooth character and flavor profile. Nice mildly sweet malt thing going on. Very small amount of aged fruits on the backend. I like how deep the flavor profile is on this one. It's nice and easy to drink. Some people might not like how it's thicker, but I can dig it. Another nice brew from Blue Mountain.

Serving type: can

10-15-2013 04:50:57 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blue Mountain, Afton, VA

Coppery-amber pour, clear, with a foamy white head that dissipated almost completely, leaving some trails of lace behind. Caramel malts in the nose, toasted cereal, light spicy/herbal hops. A nicely balanced ESB, caramel malt sweetness, toasted cereal grains, light peppery spice, herbal hops for an mellow but lasting bitterness. Light-medium body, easy drinkability, goes well with about any food, or just on its own.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 03:51:10 | More by Rifugium
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-26-2013 21:29:41 | More by mendvicdog
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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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-01-2014 22:36:27 | More by oriolesfan4
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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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a can at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a clear bronze-ish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + brassy highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts with a light amount of spicy and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready and biscuity malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of earthy and spicy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: An enjoyable offering, sort of an Americanized version of the ESB with a slightly more aggressive hoppiness than is expected for the style. Definitely easy to drink and one I will pick up again. Alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 22:01:13 | More by dbrauneis
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 6/2014 stamped on the cork. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, pear, raisin, apple, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, pepper, floral, pine, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light fruits, floral, pepper, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of malt, hop, and fruity ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent ESB style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:45:59 | More by superspak
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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another can courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a light bitterness, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 06:22:58 | More by tone77
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-14-2014 19:30:25 | More by wrightst
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-21-2013 19:37:09 | More by Boone757
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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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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-08-2013 01:36:06 | More by KevinGordon
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argock

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery in a Shaker pint glass.

A: Attractive russet-reddish brown with 1/2 finger of light beige head. A few spittles of lacing trail off from the head.

S: Caramel malt dominate but overall everything is in balance with hops providing a spicy counterpoint to the caramel malt backbone.

T: The flavor is very caramel-toffee malty with bready notes to complement the soft herbal, spiced hoppiness. Easy to drink and firmly on target for the style with the balance of sweet and bready maltiness with the earthy hoppiness. I wish there was a unique note I could point to.

M: Softly carbonated with a layering feel with medium body.

O: Blue Mountain has another very nice beer to add to their lineup. I wish this beer was 5.5% ABV with more hop character overall. I would definitely drink this again, but more sessionability would be welcome.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 04:35:27 | More by argock
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-24-2012 00:18:40 | More by Hanzo
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-13-2012 15:11:05 | More by ncaudle
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-22-2014 19:32:36 | More by millerbuffoon
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Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.