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Explorer ESB - New English Brewing Co.

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11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New English Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-19-2010)
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hpthebull

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-16-2013 04:31:17 | More by hpthebull
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jenray

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -28%

12-29-2013 06:11:01 | More by jenray
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours a medium orange-copper amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and very light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt and sweet caramel, lightly nutty. Flavor of almost dry, lightly toasted biscuit malt, nuts; finishes with nice toasty malt and grassy hop bitterness that lingers for a while. Medium bodied. A pleasant flavor progression with great maltiness and appropriate bitterness in the finish. Perhaps a bit more hops than most English ESBs, but all the better for the added depth. Hoppier, but quite true to style ESB. North American breweries specializing in traditional English styles are uncommon and I like this one so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 05:02:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-28-2013 22:23:31 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BrewCaveDweller

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-14-2013 02:42:42 | More by BrewCaveDweller
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-23-2012 00:15:11 | More by t0rin0
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First time I've seen New English in stores. Cool. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull, opaque copper, with a finger and half of cream colored head. Sloppy head but loads of lacing and very good retention.

S: Slightly sweet, complex malts, nuts, sweet bread.

T: Pretty smooth, moderate malt from start to mid sip, transitioning to
a sharp, almost peppery off flavor of bitterness. It's like there's nothing to offset the bitter and you're left with it in raw form.

M: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

O: We need more esb's here in San Diego. I was hoping this would fill the gap, but this leaves a lot to be desired. The off flavor really kills the drinkability. Better to stick with the English imports for your ESB needs.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 05:12:47 | More by pmarlowe
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Irrationalist

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-10-2012 05:58:24 | More by Irrationalist
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mactrail

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Handsome brownish amber color in the tulip glass. Decent foam and lacing. Spritzy mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Light weight.

Some nice lightly roasted malt comes through. The distinctly nutty and biscuit flavor is the best feature. But there is a hint of plastic in the nose and a quite raw grain taste. It's like buckwheat. Starts out in the English style with the malt, and veers into the American ESB style, which seems to have too much hop bitterness.

The Brits might call this uncouth, but it's better than other New English offerings. 22 oz bottle from Mega Liquors in Hemet.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 06:00:39 | More by mactrail
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/18/2011

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark golden orange with a finger of white froth. Decent retention and scattered lacing.

S: Biscuit blends with toasted malt and light floral hops. Nutty notes are tame, and I get a fair amount of orange and tangerine.

T: The overall theme revolves around biscuit, bread, and toasted notes. There's an added subtle hop flair which give the beer depth and makes it more enjoyable than your typical ESB. Hops impart a low bitterness and notes of orange, and to a lesser extent, grapefruit. There's a light nuttiness and light grassy notes. The citrus character is delicious.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pretty damn good, and definitely more enjoyable than your typical ESB. I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 19:51:33 | More by HopHead84
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womencantsail

California

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 5 Points

A: The pour is a fairly dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white foam.

S: A fair amount of toasty and biscuity malt that is paired with some floral and citrus hop notes. There is a hint of nuttiness to this beer as well.

T: This is a fairly sweet and malt forward beer. The biscuity malt is contrasted by a bit of a bitterness and some light citrus and grass flavors.

M: The body is medium with a fair amount of carbonation and only a hint of bitterness on the finish.

D: Pretty easy to drink, to be honest. But not overly impressive in anyway (just like an English ale should be).

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 21:07:09 | More by womencantsail
Explorer ESB from New English Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.