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Steel Wheels ESB - Blue Mountain Brewery

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85
very good

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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ZachKelly

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-14-2013 18:31:24 | More by ZachKelly
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-10-2013 18:11:28 | More by gory4d
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Tacoboomerang

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-31-2013 22:45:49 | More by Tacoboomerang
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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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zdeck37

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-29-2013 21:43:50 | More by zdeck37
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biga7346

Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Copper, chestnut brown, great big white coning head, lacing

N - Black licorice, rye, spices like cardomom or cinnamon, smoke, lots of breadiness, touch of fresh tangerine, strawberries, grassy hopping; really nuanced, balanced and enticing.

T/M - Rye bread, spices, white peppercorn, more of smoke, molasses, old fruit, bakers chocolate in the finish, slick and thin, drying.

D - Great beer, good to go for all night sessionable at 6.5%. It's nice to discover a fresh, creative look at an old world style. The sad part is that something like this will probably get ignored for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 01:29:27 | More by biga7346
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-31-2013 00:18:47 | More by motovatin
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle dated best by June 2014

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Starts with a large white head with good retention. Beer is dark copper in color, crimson when held up to the light

S- Lots of sweet malt with a hint of hops

T- Nice caramel malty sweetness, with some hops coming through in the finish

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- Definitely a quality beer. I'll drink this again in the future

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 02:15:03 | More by bbeane
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fulnlsn

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

02-23-2013 16:33:02 | More by fulnlsn
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

02-17-2013 18:52:08 | More by bubseymour
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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hornsup

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-23-2013 00:05:01 | More by hornsup
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roywilliams

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-12-2013 22:19:08 | More by roywilliams
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

12-17-2012 03:00:42 | More by mrterdferguson
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e30todamax

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-30-2012 20:02:50 | More by e30todamax
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light, reddish brown colored beer. The carbonation looks more like a soda than a beer, with large bubbles rising to the top and immediately dispersing so that there's almost no head at all, and what there is has a very short retention.

S: Sweet caramel and molasses notes. Smells sweet and toasted, with a slight biscuity aroma as well. There are also some hops, which bring a slight piney-ness to the beer as well.

T: The first flavor is the caramel sweetness from the malts, but the yeast adds an earthy, spicy, and slightly floral element. There is sort of a leather flavor thrown in there as well. The hops are woody and piney, and finish the beer well. My first thought was that it needed more hops to finish, but after a few sips the bitterness sticks around and balances the beer nicely.

M: Moderate body, heavy on the carbonation.

O: An interesting and surprising beer. The more of it I drink the better I like it. There's is a lot going on, and it's not all apparent at first, but the flavors build and others come out as I drink more and it warms. Quite a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:17:53 | More by DaveBlack
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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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obywan59

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle corked and wired. British malts, Scottish yeast, and
American hops.
The label shows the band "Steel Wheels" based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia near Harrisonburg, and known for their "soulful mountain music".

Pours nearly crystal clear with a light tan 3 finger head that leaves impressive sticky lacing. Coppery in color.

Fruit and spice and toasty malt on the nose combine to give an impression that approaches mustiness.

The taste is sweet and fruity with light spice and a nice smooth long=lasting bitterness.

Medium-full in body with light prickle on the tongue. Very drying to the point of being almost numbing. Warming in the throat.

Unique in my experience Well balanced and easy drinking. I would definitely try this brew again. This is my second sampling of brews from Blue Mountain Barrel House, (Mandolin being the first) and at this early date BMBH (a sister brewery to Blue Mountain Breswery) appears to me to be the best brewery in Virginia.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 06:03:15 | More by obywan59
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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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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-04-2012 20:17:23 | More by VeganUndead
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djre4orm

Virginia

2/5  rDev -47.2%

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

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-10-2012 00:41:40 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-24-2012 00:18:40 | More by Hanzo
Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.