Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESB - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-30-2014

This traditional English-style ESB balances classic East Kent Goldings hops with sweet, crystal malt, and finishes with American Mosaic hops. Named after a backwoods fence in Essex New York which could only be jumped by some sort of 'leaping cow' - we were hungover, don't ask!
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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 6
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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a coppery red-orange, completely transparent with a fiery flare and quite bright. The head is a bubbly off-white one that starts at about half a finger and gets wispy with time, laying down spotting and light patches as it goes.
Toffee and lightly toasted breads linger sweetly on the nose before some stemmy green comes in with a light bitterness. Toasted nut seems to flash in and out a bit.
Sweet fruits and toffee start and quickly usher in a fairly strong tartness. It dries quickly, even before some wood comes into the middle. The tannins and acidity seem to try to clash some in the middle and some dry, almost but not quite earthy bitterness takes charge in the finish.
A soft crispness rolls consistently through the just-medium body, and it stays semi-dry as sweetness counters the dry bitterness. Tannins and acidity are felt as much as or more than they're tasted, but kept in check. Smoothness is moderate.

Photo of Dave128
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has an interesting little story about how it is named after a special cow that could hop over a fence.

A - A moderate pour yields a 1 finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Color is a darker transparent amber. Laces pretty nicely.

S - I don't get much on the nose. Light hop aroma.

T - Good flavor from the dark malt up front but is quickly taken over by bitter hops. Not much hop flavor.. Mostly bitterness. This beer finishes pretty dry and I can detect a bit of alcohol in the finish.

M - Well carbonated for the style. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated.

O - A drinkable ESB. A bit unbalanced toward the bitter side but a decent example of the style.

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%

For an ESB this one is a a bit malty although in a good way. Good balance and a nice mix of rustic malts and balancing hops. Sensationally drinkable. A beer that if I had access to I would buy on a regular basis.

Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Forced my way through this brew. Light, watery, astringent, flat. Didn't enjoy this.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear copper color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Doesn't smell like a whole lot, seems like it might be a little bit of a weak ESB. Some caramel, and grassy hop aromas.

The taste is similar. Just a little bit boring. Slightly grassy, but very muted hop flavors. A bit of watery malt flavor as well.

Light bodied, crisp, but watery mouthfeel, medium amount of carbonation.

Very forgettable, not recognizable as a ESB, no oomph whatsoever.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the lighter and more easy drinking side of American made esb here, I like this one pretty well in a summer context. less malt heft and hop bitterness than other examples, and a rather clean drinking brew on the whole. darker copper in color, but drinking much lighter than it looks. off white head is short lived. I smell classic English malts, esb type with some caramel for color. the body though is missing, and this might seem thin to me if it wasn't the middle of summer right now. hops do more bittering than flavoring, although the vegetal freshness of the higher alpha mosaic hops is not lost, and does most of the finish work here. warmer fermenting ale yeast thins it out a little and dries it up with a light tannic dryness, but the beer is refreshing overall. good to see lake placid doing so many new beers lately.

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Lake Placid Leaping Cow ESB from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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