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Steel Wheels ESB - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

beernads, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

illeagle05, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

JamieDuncan, Apr 19, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

woodychandler, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bigbutter, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

redfox405, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BAsbill, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

oriolesfan4, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

abrodsky, Mar 29, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

msquared36, Mar 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

MarkJBurch, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

nofunyons, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

TheMultiYeast, Feb 28, 2014
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squack, Feb 27, 2014
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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

millerbuffoon, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

ConradKenney, Feb 18, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep, clear copper-red color. The tall, copper-tinted head is moderately dense and frothy. Retention is good, and a respectable amount of splotchy lacing sticks to the glass as the head recedes.

S: Toasty, caramel aromas are prominent. Some nice depth here, with estery notes of fruit (orchard and dried) and light spiciness. Hop aromas are mostly leafy and herbal, with some added fruitiness.

T: Firmly malty up front, with equal parts sugar cookie maltiness, caramel sweetness, and toasted flavor. Hop bitterness is moderate and appropriate for the style. Some leafy and herbal hop flavor is noticeable. This is not a particularly clean beer, though not in a bad way; there are prominent yeasty esters of fruit (think golden apples and raisins) as well as some residual sweetness towards the finish.

M: Rather full-bodied. Carbonation is medium. This has a fairly big malty feel, especially for the style. There is a fair dose of hoppiness to balance things out towards the finish, but this drinks more like a brown ale than a pale ale.

O: This is a good ESB from Blue Mountain. It's a little fuzzy around the edges, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyability. Steel Wheels has a little of everything: maltiness, hoppiness, and estery character.

Clydesdale, Feb 13, 2014
Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.