Belk's ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Anderson Valley 'Belks ESB' @ 6.8% , served from a couple of 350 ml bottles purchased for $3
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint glass
S-big floral on the initial smell
T-clean and crisp , malty with a good dose of hops for a dry finish
MF-low/mild carbonation , full bodied , not an overpowering bitersweetness on the palate , seems to linger
Ov-ok/good beer , interesting take on an English style beer
09-05-2013 04:19:43 | More by LampertLand
4.26/5 rDev +12.4%
A: Copper, virtually no carbonation, small white particles floating all throughout it, 3 fingers of slightly yellowish head.
S: British malts, molassis, grass, apple sauce, dull British hops, grass, dried hay, phenols, yeast.
T: All the qualities mentioned above of an ESB, but includes citrus hops, dull lengthy dull bitter British hop finnish. Light sweetness. Good yeastiness .
M: Medium, bready, somewhat resinous body, low carbonation.
O: A delicious and authentic ESB. Great to see a US company do this so well. I like the additional citrus hoppyness. Makes it slightly American, slightly modern. Would go well with British pub foods.
07-19-2013 14:10:52 | More by patre_tim
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
Amber orange color with a two finger head with medium retention and leaving some laces. Delicious citric aroma of grapefruit, oranges and slightly toasted malts. Nice bitter and citric taste. Flavor of grapefruit, sweet malt with hints of peppery yeast, earthy hops and burnt italian bread crust. Dry with a long last bitter aftertaste. Light body with perfect carbonation. 6.8% ABV is completely hidden. This Belk's ESB version gave me the impression to be better than the previously named Boont ESB, probably due to the fact this is much fresher. Anyway, not sure I was lucky, but I tasted an excellent beer, flavorful, balanced, quite assertive and pleasant to drink. An American interpretation of an English ESB, and in my opinion, very well done.
07-18-2013 01:00:23 | More by FLima
3.76/5 rDev -0.8%
This beer seemed to be very carbonated, I poured it into a standard pint glass and had to put on the brakes about two-thirds of the way through as the head was getting very tall very quickly. I finished the pour once it calmed down a bit.
Aroma is mellow, you pick up the grains and some hop, but not a lot. This is also the case with the taste; smooth, malty, grainy with a solid bitterness but not a lot of floral or citrus hop character. This is a heavier beer than I expected with significant body.
06-25-2013 04:35:41 | More by WyNG
2.95/5 rDev -22.2%
A: An overy aggresive pour (oops) into an imperial pint glass produced a four finger head that sustained for a minute and laced the glass with a thick coat of off white foam. The beer itself showed a murkey copper / orange color a few shades darker then the half acre logo on the glass.
S: Sweet with toffee, caramel and a hefty toast vibe. Some fruity esters coming through possibly from the yeast and a spicy, earthy hop character that is almost missed with all the malt smells.
T: The big malt character expected from the nose: toffee, caramel with some gram cracker and bread crust. The bitterness is fairy strong with earthy noble hop flavors and lingers on the pallet long after it's been swallowed. A bit of a papery tasting in the middle (oxidation?) and a fruity almost german tasting yeast flavor
M: The bitterness in this drys out the mouth giving a slighty astringant vibe (or from the carmel malts?) Moderate body with moderate carbonation.
O: I'm not a big fan of many ESB's or english beers in general unless they are firkin (cask, real ale, etc). This one was a bit harsh and I think it had an oxidation problem. If that was fixed I might have scored it higher, but for now... meh
06-06-2013 20:01:01 | More by guityler83
Belk's ESB from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.