Belk's ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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85
very good

353 Reviews
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Reviews: 353
Hads: 537
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

Inspired by the classic “Bitters” from Great Britain, our Belk’s ESB is an innovative take on the style. With a deep, golden hue and big malty foundation, the spicy, herbal hop aromas and crisp, bitter bite give a West Coast flair to this classic recipe.

Formerly Boont ESB.
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Reviews: 353 | Hads: 537
Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (913 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (320 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A assertive highly hopped ale. Not anything like English ale, but then what is. This is one of my favorite domestic breweries and this ale one of my favorites. I don't sound as enthused as I should because I don't think our micro brewers put out a real smooth ale on par with the British. does anyone else feel this way? (323 characters)

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Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.