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Houdini ESP - Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

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Houdini ESP
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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 6.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2005)
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-03-2011 23:36:29 | More by tclapper
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold with no head. Nothing to retain, but does leave decent lacing.

Very weak nose. Pale malt dominates. Really needs more aromatic hops.

Clean, crisp malt profile in the taste. Nice dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is just right.

An easy go-to beer when visiting this pub.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 14:16:19 | More by beer2day
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Norfawkers

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A versatile, light beer but nothing especially noteworthy

Appearance: Dark golden, minimal head but decent lacing

Smell: ?, very faint if there at all

Taste: Smokey, malty, very faint

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy

Drinkability: There are flavors there worth sipping but they need to be brought out a bit more

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 20:27:44 | More by Norfawkers
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I finally managed to make it into Asheville brewing again, and this time I had a mission. I was going to try their flagship beer, the Houdini! The last couple times I was in there for some reason or another I just did not try it, always went with another brew. This time however, I was all about this, and quickly ordered on up the moment sat down.

A - Poured a very nice, albeit clear golden amber. A decent inch high head was present on the top as it was brought over to the table. This settled in rather quickly and left behind only a touch of lace ringing the top of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation was evident streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session. A tiny bit of a residual side glass lace, but nothing spectacular.

S - Aroma was fresh, a decent amount of hops playing around in there. More of a fresh cut grass or flowers smell more then anything. Some decent wheat aroma could be detected along with some light fruit. It was a decent smalling ale all around, and more hopy then anything, but what probably detracted the most from it was that it was a little weak. You really had to search for this smell.

T - Very clean and crisp. Your classic pale ale from start to finish. he first sip was total hops, but not the deep citrus bomb west coast style, more of a light hoppiness. As it warmed more of a muted grain or cereal like flavor started to meander in and out, but the overall flavor was very light and sessionable. This was a good classic pale ale. Finish was very tight. Good long lingering dry finish, went well with dinner.

M - Very smooth, with really great carbonation. It had that light almost effortless feel to it that just washed down with ease. Not watered nor was it oily in any way. Just a good crisp, clean refreshing pale ale.

D - Awesome, this was so sessionable it wasn't even funny. I could have had a pitcher of this, and was actually tempted to. It was damn fine on a hot day and I am sure would have been a perfect outdoor session beer.

Overall I was quite impressed with this. I love pale ales and it takes a decent effort to impress me with this style anymore, but this worked very well. If you are in the area and can get some, definatly try it. It is a classic session ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2007 00:06:57 | More by mikesgroove
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outside of the Shiva, my favorite of their beers. Lighter than the Shiva and not as hoppy, but with a zing nevertheless from the hops and wonderfully frsh tasting and drinkable. Pours golden with good lacing and okay head. The smell is fresh and with gentle floral hops. The taste has more of the floral and slightly citrusy hops, bubblegum, cherry, and enough fruity malt to balance the restrained hops. Nicely balanced bosy and quite drinkable. A great session beer even if a little higher on the abv than normal for that purpose.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2007 20:06:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yea, I thought so. I figured it was more of an APA than an ESB. The American maltiness with full caramel and fruity tones helped to give it away. So did the citrusy hops. Though the malts and hops were a bit subdued, they still came across strictly American. Good flavors though: a good bready / yeasty undertone was a bit unexpected, so was the spiciness and herbal qualities. Could have finished a bit crisper; got a bit watery, leaving the hops a little metalic tasting. Pretty good though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2006 16:07:26 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite offering outside of Shiva from this place,poured deep copper with nice tight one finger head that sticks for quite awhile.Well balanced aromas caramel and biscuit malt underneath nice floral,piney hop.I would saay this beer is as balanced as it can get sweet bready caramel malt melding into piney citrus hop finishin well.This one I drank alot of in my visits to the two brewpub locations,very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2006 00:50:16 | More by oberon
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finepaws

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber/red color. Good carbo through whole pitcher. Had a good combo of citrus hop smell with nice malty flavor. Having 3 beer choices, I kept heading back to this one. Good balance of sweet caramel malt flavors, and floral/citrus hop bite. This was a smooth, refreshing beer. Especially fine with pizza. Because of the hoppy bite, I wish I had ordered a sweeter pizza, instead of spicey. By itself, this was a nice session beer. Flavorful, without being overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2005 14:33:08 | More by finepaws
Houdini ESP from Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
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