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Steel Wheels ESB - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of russwaddell
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of StoutSeth
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of McBraniel
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tabascosigned
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of IPhantom
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of PaulsBrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Camjmorton
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ZachKelly
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Tacoboomerang
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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.

Steel Wheels ESB from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.