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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:
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(Beer added by: argock on 09-05-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

KevinGordon, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

tabascosigned, Sep 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

csmartin6, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

superspak, Aug 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

IPhantom, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 21, 2013
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JMUbrewz, Jul 15, 2013
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PaulsBrew, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Camjmorton, Jun 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

ZachKelly, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

gory4d, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Tacoboomerang, May 31, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Rifugium, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

zdeck37, May 29, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

biga7346, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Boone757, Apr 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

JOTAS, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

motovatin, Mar 31, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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

bbeane, Feb 25, 2013
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Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.