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LunaSea ESB - Empyrean Brewing Company

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Miami66
1/5  rDev -72.7%

Miami66, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of XxNitExX
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.

XxNitExX, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I received this bottle in a trade with Redhaze. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer. Pours a hazy reddish-golden with a decent head that leaves some lacing and settles to a ring. Smells strangely fruity for the style and a bit like acetate. Taste is better, but there is still a strange fruitiness underlying everything. Some biscuity malt above that and well as a mild bitterness. Smooth, but tangy in the wrong way. I didn't enjoy this.

Georgiabeer, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of beerbrains
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

beerbrains, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of thaichile
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, darker amber with hardly any head and not much carbonation. Nose is bearly discernable. Flavors are roasted coffee and that dwindles to almost nothing except for some slight bitterness. A thin. watery brew without much support from hops, malts or much else. Not a bad beer, just sort of a nothing. Bottle courtesy of jhammerly.

thaichile, May 19, 2006
Photo of mothman
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white head. Leaves some nice lace rings. Color is a clear golden bronze.

Aroma: Caramel and bready malts. Grassy hops. More malty than hoppy.

Taste: Grassy, earthy hops. Some citrus. Lots of bready/pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, an average bitter, but a little too malty for me. Not enough flavor for the amount of bitterness that this beer brings.

mothman, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of RDW
3/5  rDev -18%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of danfix99
3/5  rDev -18%

danfix99, Aug 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

Hellpop65, Sep 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

sneezye, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of mthalman
3/5  rDev -18%

mthalman, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -18%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of scarfield
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App- amber/copper in color as it pours it leaves a half inch head. nice lacing throughout the glass.

Smell- A bit musty, some citrusy and hops comes through as well.

Taste- Very bready taste here for me. Malty and the hops are subdued. Some sourness also coming through with a bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- the beer has a nice balance to it. Not too carbonated, thick, runny or chewy, but if you concentrate you can get any of these.

Drink- it is fine for a couple, but there really is not anything that stands out to me about this beer. I think that Empyrean has better offerings.

scarfield, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint on tap with supper tonight.

Glass was a standard ale pint. Came with little head, but I didn't see the draft. The head quickly disappeared, and left little lacing. Body was a strong wheat, cloudy.

Smell was decent, malty and not too strong.

Taste was malt with some sweetness.

Mouthfeel was smooth, thick with little bitters.

Overall, I was not impressed. While it was a good beer, it was not a bitters. I will second the ESBrown motion.

KansasBeerLover, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from swid...thanks!!

A - Pours a clear amber color with yellow highlights and a small, but long-lasting head.

S - Grassy/floral hops tickle the nose, but not very strong.

T - Floral, citrus, and mild hoppy flavors poke through, but never really amount to anything. No real discernable taste or bitterness.

M - Bubbly, medium body.

D - A drinkable brew, but not a strong enough example to make a session beer.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color of light ice tea. Small white head that dissipated rather quickly. No carbonation rising.

Aroma of honey, fruits, passionfruit, hops and malts. Nice.

Taste of honey, malts, caramel and some fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall, a decent brew that is drinkable. Seemed a little confused as to where it was going, but I would have another without hesitation.

atigerlife, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice light amber hue with an nice solid off white head. Okay retention with light lace noted.

S: Somewhat light nose. Hints of grain, caramel, and a touch of apple.

T: Fairly malty, with notes of caramel, and yeast. Slight bitter hops on the somewhat dry finish.

M: Medium to light in body, okay carbonation with dry finish.

D: If I lived in Nebraska I would drink it.

tpd975, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of teleforce
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

teleforce, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of beerwolf77
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to a77cj7 for this extra. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

A: Crystal clear amber orange. Solid two fingers of cream hued head. Good retention, thick sticky lace. Looks great.

S: Plenty of biscuity malt and mild hops. Some sugar dusted toasted bread crust with a little cinnamon.

T: Earthy malt and a mild hop bite. Faint astringent bitterness holds my tongue as it finishes.

M: Light to medium body. Mild carbonation.

O: Not bad, easy drinking although it really lacks in complexity.

beerwolf77, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Goliath
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber color with a one inch off white head. Decent retention and a little soapy lace.

The nose is weak. Kind of iced tea like, herbal, earthy, fruity, and slightly malty.

The taste is ok. A decent malt presence giving a raw grain feel. A bit of the tea and herbal qualities linger in the mouth. A bit of a phenolic bite comes towards the finish and seems a bit out of place. A slight bitterness finishes this beer out.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, and slightly watery. The carbonation is fairly low. All in all, the mouthfeel isn't very satisfying.

Drinkability is decent. The flavors are ok, but it's certainly not the best ESB I've had. Seems pretty average to me.

Goliath, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Bear1964
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!

Bear1964, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of eclaycamp
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce shorty bottle. Interesting name, Luna Sea ESB (a play on Lunacy, perhaps?). Breaking out the ususal basic tumbler for this beer. Pour is a very hazy red to orange, super-cloudy. It doesn't appear to be condensation on the glass so I will chock this one up to the filtering, of which there doesn't appear to be any. I'm guessing this could be bottle conditioned as well, though the label didn't do me the courtesy of a heads up. Small fizzy head that fades pretty quickly. Low to mild levels of carbonation. Aroma is of light grains and gym socks with some honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is more robust than I expected, with an unsweetened black tea finish. The flavor reminds me of honey and biscuits, like I used to have when I was a kid. Some citrus and floral notes are mixed in with the malts. Not bad for an ESB, but I've had better.

eclaycamp, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into shaker pint. Another thank you to Chris (RedHaze) for sending this one on its way from Nebraska here to Nashville!

Pours murky dark copper leaning towards amber, with little to now head on top.

Nose carries light notes of caramel and some citric hops underneath, straightforward but pleasant enough.

Taste follows suit. Caramel body is satisfyingly simple, with a light, snappy citric hop bite coming towards the finish, and perhaps pairing with the slightly over-aggressive carbonation. Just a bit toasty. Finish is moderately long, snappy hop astringency sticks around alongside a bit of grapefruit rind, almost tea-like.

Mouthfeel is a bit aggressive on the carbonation side, could be toned down a hair, with a dry, almost tannic (grainy?) mouthfeel.

Straightforward and nicely drinkable after several hours of work in the outdoor heat.

JohnQVegas, Aug 07, 2010
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LunaSea ESB from Empyrean Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.