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Steel Wheels ESB - Blue Mountain Brewery

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Rbodacious, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

dbrauneis, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

tone77, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of HoppyBastard1
4/5  rDev +6.1%

HoppyBastard1, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of delta490
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in ale glas chez White

A: dark amber, one-finger head (creamy), good carbonation, excellent lacing
S: malty, darker roasted malts; opens up nicely
T: like a hoppy bock; very malty, complex brown sugar, horehound candy; resinous

A very good beer, but astringent and loud

Arithmeticus, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Beer4Baltimore, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

avisong, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of seanchai
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

seanchai, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -20.4%

mendvicdog, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Lovely85, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +6.1%

nickfl, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.1%

kylehay2004, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of russwaddell
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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
Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice ESB.. Pours a clear, dark amber color with a medium size white head and some lacing. The aroma is malty - caramel and bready malt with some spices (mostly pepper) and a little toffee.

Flavor is just about the same with a touch of finishing bitterness thrown in. Good flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and crisp

Overall a good ESB...and in a can too, for portability.

JayQue, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +6.1%

stortore, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

philbe311, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +6.1%

jacewg, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

RblWthACoz, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of StoutSeth
3/5  rDev -20.4%

StoutSeth, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Mattyb79, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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 McBraniel
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

McBraniel, Sep 13, 2013
Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.