Belk's ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Ratings: 512 | Reviews: 356 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GreatPondBrewer:
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
The ESB poured a light, and completely clear copper color with a frothy, pinky thick head with a just a bit of lacing to complete the package. The nose was dry smelling with notes of grapes, butterscotch and english hops. The taste was sharp up front with some metallic hoppiness that faded slowly into a more traditional, buttery flavored English ESB. The mouthfeel was properly carbonated without being everly so. Good interpretation of an ESB.
12-19-2004 22:40:23 | More by GreatPondBrewer
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +5.5%
I had tried this on tap over a year ago and wasnt really all that impressed with it but I have to say I like it alot better out of the bottle.Poures a burnt orange color with a nice almost creamy-like head head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind as it settles,some citrus and piney hop really come thru in the nose with some light caramel as well.Taste seems to be more well balanced out of the bottle there is still a big west coast hop profile pine and grapefruit but thereis a nice big firm slighty sweet maltiness to it that makes it a very solid well rounded ale.Glad to not only try the bottled version but to find it here in Greensboro.
03-10-2005 22:26:32 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
Appearance This is a good-lookin ale. The body is a hazy orange and the head was big and puffy, showing exceptional retention and leaving some nice lacing all along the inside of my glass.
Smell The aroma here is light. I can pick up some bitter grainy notes along with some grassy hops.
Taste This is pretty damn good. Theres a funky grainy aftertaste that I could do without, but other than that this is a big ESB. The bitter, citrus hops are nicely mixed with a touch of pine and a good, smooth, malty backbone.
Mouthfeel This one is medium-bodied with a nice, dry finish and some light carbonation that kept things interesting.
Drinkability A pleasant surprise. Ive avoided this one for a while because of the cheesy label (Gold Medal Winner) but this is a quality Americanized ESB.
08-11-2004 01:10:09 | More by RoyalT
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
Copper in color with a frothy head.
Well balanced aroma of doughy, biscuity malt and spicy hops with a touch of yeastiness.
A nice, sweet dose of caramel and hop fruitiness with a soft, comfortable medium body. This could almost be an English strong ale.
Overall, very tasty without trying to hard with great drinkability. My only problem would be letting the 6.8% catch up with me as it's not noticeable in the flavor.
12-27-2009 17:35:53 | More by brownbeer
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
This brew was a hazy amber pour into my pint glass carrying a frothy head with visibly active carbonation. The muted floral notes on the nose and pallet are very nice. There is a good amount of fruit presence, again, both in the nose and pallet. This ESB is top end with with a great crispness and sticky feel as it is drank. This is a wonderfully drinkable ESB.
10-20-2009 01:48:54 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.
Appearance: Gold with a deep orange hue, dense fluffy white lace does a great job of leaving rings all the way down the glass.
Smell: Clean to the nose with a mix of a little raw hop and biscuity grain.
Taste: Medium to full in body, big malty palate with a creamy and slick mouth feel. Lots of malt with a huge sweet grain presence. Alcohol and hops come hand and hand to leave a cutting spicy and bitter character. Hops are more or less a quick in and out bitterness with a leafy finish. Alcohol is fruity, warming, estery and quite boisterous. Vague hop leaf and lots of grain in the finish.
Notes: Big beefy American Style ESB these guys have dished out. Close to a strong ale in my opinion, alcohol is very noticeable. Certainly one of the biggest ESBs I have ever had the pleasure to try.
03-11-2002 11:53:13 | More by Jason
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a hazy, burnt-orange, amber color with a two finger beige head. Leaves patchy rings of lacing all down the glass. Aroma is initially of toffee and butterscotch, then comes an assault of westcoast hops with pine and lemony citrus. Mouthfeel is creamy, tart, and medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation here. Taste has a few complexities. Toffee and lots of bittering hops up front. Sweet caramel malts fight a losing battle with the big hop profile. Some buttery and nutty flavors seem to be present, but are, unfortunately, subdued by the massive hops. Finishes dry and very bitter. This could use a better malt profile to balance the hoppiness and come closer to matching the style.
02-01-2004 18:38:35 | More by merlin48
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
A: Amber in color, decent head that dissipated quickly
S: Distinct hop, not much malt, fairly floral
T: Quite hoppy, balanced nicely by the maltiness. Citrusy.
M: Hop all the way across the palate, a bit of a malt follow
D: Drinkable, certainly, but not in preference to lots of other highly drinkable beers of the same type.
03-23-2009 02:34:04 | More by mrquartetman
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
A gift from a co-worker I helped move yesterday...thanks Tim.
Pours a clear dark amber color w/ a full finger and a half of tan head...pillow-like and slowly recedes as I enjoy the pint. Quite thick, sticky lacing forms on the side of the pint glass...much better than expected.
Aroma is pleasant...sweet malt in the nose at first w/ some fruity hops in the finish as well as a mild spice.
Taste is pretty darn impressive w/ a plentiful dose of bitter hops dominating the flavor...malt is there, but this one is not sweet and it stays true to the style w/ the bitterness smacking you from start to finish. No alcohol detected during the duration.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin and the carbonation is nice...making this one quite easy to consume.
Overall, a nice representation of the style...glad to try this one.
09-13-2005 00:20:15 | More by warriorsoul
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
On-tap at Capital Ale House.
A cloudy, dull orange in color. Thick and creamy white head distinctly laces the glass. Aroma was of....sweet iced tea. Call me crazy but that's what I smelled. Taste was sweet at the start. Finished delightfully dry with a very noticable and pleasing bitterness. Alcohol well-hidden (6.8%) but peeks through from time to time. Medium-bodied with a very crisp and dry finish. A "right tasty" ESB (thanks to AKSmokedPorter for his eloquence). Good combination of flavors and the finish make for a much better-than-average ESB.
08-12-2003 00:50:44 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
12oz brown bottle, no date. Rusty orange color, fluffy white head, decent retenton and a ring of small-bubbled, sticky lace.
Aroma is orange peel, malt, and floral hops. The flavor is malt, orange, some cherry phenols, and a strong presence of alochol--bold.
Medium-bodied and pretty complex, going from bright on the front palate, to a sweet middle act, but the hops are present throughout, yet provide different sensations on the way. Dense but drinkable and unlike any ESB I've had.
06-10-2007 18:42:01 | More by Osiris9588
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
Bright amber with full head that leaves lace. Mellow nose with some pleasant mustiness and good, grainy malts. Flavor is much too hoppy. If this was an IPA I could understand the bitterness, not to mention the alcoholic strength. I guess AV already has their IPA (and what a huge one it is) and this so-called "bitter" is just a step down from it. Doesn't qualify as a bitter, though, even though it is very bitter. A true English bitter is more balanced, with the malt playing perhaps the dominant role. Here, it takes a back seat to sharp spiky hops that are grassily pungent. Small sips as the beer mellows and warms give evidence to a nicely diverse malt profile, but you have to dig down deep to get past the blatant hops. Not being one who loves hops just for the sake of hops, I can't say I'm crazy about this. A true hophead may appreciate it much more.
01-27-2003 17:30:12 | More by Thrasher
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
Hazy orangey color with big brown flecks of something or other floating around in it. Big beige foamy head about an inch high just sitting there and not moving. Lots of spider web oily lacing all around the glass. Aroma is sweet malt and hops and citrus and pine. Flavor is hoppy and piney and citrusy and has an odd malt flavor to it, like it's spoiled. The malt is a bit off. Not at all what I think of in an ESB. More hoppy and citrusy and lighter colored.
10-12-2003 23:34:57 | More by far333
3.59/5 rDev -5.3%
Well damn, if Anderson Valley ain't a cool brewery, and the what is it Buckhorn Saloon (not sure on the name) sure does act as the de facto brewpub in town for these guys. Very hospitable.
Appearance, looks like a decent English ESB. Nothing coming across aroma wise, taste, sweet and tasty, a little thin, doesn't last, but doesn't disappoint and devolve to something lesser. Drinkable, if not for the other (and better) Anderson Valley brews, like the IPA, Oatmeal Stout. . .
12-24-2009 05:25:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
Slightly hazy, amber/brown. Big bubble, thin head that lasts. Robust impact taster, hop bitterness, quite alcoholic. Lots of flavor front to back but a little on the "too bitter" side and needing some balance to me. Real sticker of a mouthfeel, a little overdone, almost as if Anderson Valley is showing off too much.
03-11-2002 11:12:46 | More by ADR
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
Not as caramelly as most ESBs, this one leads more toward the hop end of the spectrum. Appears a slightly hazed copper amber tone with an off white lucious two fingered head leaving lace as it settles a magnificant looking brew. Aroma consists of floral hops combined with a decent amount of balancing malt. Taste is piney with hop resin yet a contrasting bitterness balances out the brew almost perfectly, not completely characteristic of an ESB, but I love this beer a great counterpart to most any food the hops complement so much. The mouthfeel is medium bodied fluffy with some oily resins sliding on the tongue this beer is seductive. The drinkability for me well if I found it on tap at the right place this could be dangerous for me, but either way this is a great beer.
06-14-2003 14:39:09 | More by WVbeergeek
United Kingdom (England)
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
Bottle. Pretty tasty ESb. Firm mouthfeel, bready, citric, tangy, resiny hops. Failry english in style. An averagely drinkable, and well made ESB, slightly aromatic American style ale, but true to the style it is generally pretty English in taste, drinkable stuff in the end.
02-21-2005 22:07:03 | More by rastaman
Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.