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LunaSea ESB - Empyrean Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%


Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Extra Special Bitter is our homage to the best of English beers. Brewed with imported English malts for a bold, caramel-sweet, yet crisp ale. Brewed with English and American grown barley and American hops.

31 IBU

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 10-05-2002)
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Reviews by russpowell:
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best enjoyed by October

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with 2 fingers of tan head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Biscuitty malt, woody hops & a bit of pear. Fruittyness increases as this warms

T: Follows the nose, along with herbal hops up front along with some apple tartness. More fruittyness as this warms, more woody hops. Finishes crisp & fruitty with a touch of dryness & a bit of herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated at first, calms down as it warms. Good balance

An alright take on the style, nothing to really brag about, but solid & very sessionable. Worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 00:25:22 | More by russpowell
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brandon911

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-30-2013 03:21:11 | More by brandon911
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-16-2013 04:05:24 | More by jaydoc
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sneezye

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -18%

11-14-2013 01:59:01 | More by sneezye
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bpascale

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-26-2013 22:40:31 | More by bpascale
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danfix99

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18%

08-06-2013 20:03:38 | More by danfix99
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Miami66

Nebraska

1/5  rDev -72.7%

08-03-2013 16:49:48 | More by Miami66
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-31-2013 21:59:16 | More by Eric908
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Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-11-2013 22:01:15 | More by PDF
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-01-2013 23:49:00 | More by DemoniChris
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Bear1964

Nebraska

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz Bottle into a Pint glass with a nice white head and a cloudy apricot color, a little lace on the glass. Aroma was spicy and solid malt, a hint of alcohol in the mix. Taste held black pepper notes and a malty finish, solid for this brew. Mouthfeel was smooth at first and finished dry and spicy. Overall a nice ESB, local and I will grab it again!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:50:16 | More by Bear1964
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

03-13-2013 16:27:28 | More by Whiskeydeez
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

03-10-2013 20:16:38 | More by spycow
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teleforce

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

02-28-2013 17:55:20 | More by teleforce
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j-rod18

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-13-2013 07:16:30 | More by j-rod18
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-06-2013 23:19:56 | More by Haybeerman
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XxNitExX

Nebraska

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured into a Brau Brothers Pint Glass- Pours nice honey color with a thin white head. Lacing is beautiful sticks around for awhile.

S- Smells of sweet bread and I mean sweet. Toasted busicuit also in there, very little hop aroma to me

T- I am very sensitive to bready tasting beers and that is what I get here. Like wet buscuits or crackers. Better the warmer it gets but just not my favorite. Lightly hopped. (I do not eat bread so bread tasting things are hard for me to like)

M- Nice creamy mouthfeel, not like a stout but not watery as it kind of looks.

Can see how many others would like this beer, but just doesn't fit with what I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 05:08:38 | More by XxNitExX
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-02-2013 18:43:07 | More by BeersAndBears
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a amber copper color with a white head that turns into a wisp. Good world map lacing covers the glass.

The aroma is hoppy, then sweet caramel and crackers come in.

The beer tastes really well balanced. Warm sweet malts bring in caramel before giving way to a clean, dry hop bite. There's a nice bready, cracker heartiness in here too.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean.

Overall, probably one of my favorite beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 19:55:14 | More by JuicesFlowing
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-09-2012 23:27:49 | More by OregonGrown7
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beerdhabelly

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-26-2012 03:57:44 | More by beerdhabelly
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-13-2012 02:34:30 | More by jewellrunner
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YalovaIA

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-03-2012 02:11:26 | More by YalovaIA
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3/5  rDev -18%

09-23-2012 17:55:44 | More by Hellpop65
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love me a good ESB... Let's see how this one measures up...

A - One finger's worth of late-to-rise slightly lopsided off white colored head with a couple of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Limited retention gives way to a mostly full lacing that has some carbonation bubbles bursting through the surface... The color is a mix of pale gold and light amber... Loaded with small bubbled slightly sluggish carbonation...

S - Pleasant, but slightly understated aroma... Toasted malts... Warm fresh baked bread... Caramel... Maraschino cherry juice... Perhaps some faint golden raisins as well...

T - A bit fruity to start... Next is an over abundance of malty goodness mostly in the form of light breads and toasted malts... There is also a faint hint of toffee and caramel mix in as well... Lots and lots of bread crust on the finish... Just the faintest earthy hop presence as well...

M - Medium bodied... Some prickly carbonation... Sleek... Perhaps even a bit sticky... Starts a tiny bit lush, but the finish is surprisingly dry...

D - A very respectable and enjoyable ESB from Empyrean... It's a style that I wished more brewer's would take the time and effort to produce... This one is fairly text book... Lots of good things going on, but nothing outstanding... I would gladly drink again, but it's not a must have...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 01:52:22 | More by philbe311
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LunaSea ESB from Empyrean Brewing Company
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