Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB) - Propeller Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed on tap in its hometown with great local fish.
The pour is mahogany and clear, with nice snowy white head that falls away almost completely, but leaves streams and sheets of lacing.
There's clean malt-hop balance in the nose, just a bit dank, fitting with where it's brewed. A little raisin and caramel are wrapped up in the wheaty elements.
In the flavor, there's a good bitter center after a malt-sweet start (fitting with its style), but more thorough hopping and ample, bright carbonation make for a nice variation. Pine, grapefruit...later almond. There's a spiciness with pepper to the ending that lingers, and a fruity hint of Shiraz and smoke as well.
The medium body, washes out of the mouth rather quickly--just a touch more length and heft might be an improvement.
Very nice, overall. Much more flavor and complexity than I'd expect it to carry...especially at just 5% abv.
Serving type: on-tap
10-25-2013 15:08:59 | More by 1sophrosyne1
4/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Splitting a large bottle with my partner right now. There's a substantial head and hearty lacing with a perfect amber color, hold it up to the light and you can see right through it.
Smell and taste both have a lot of caramel, some raisin, and a little bit of herbal hop. Finishes bitter with a piney hop. Bitter and dry, with a really bright carbonation--we both really liked it, it didn't wear down the palate easily. I don't think it's as creamy as other ESBs, but I kind of like this lighter version of the style.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2013 22:14:15 | More by lstokes
Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB) from Propeller Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.