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Exile ESB - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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199 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
48 IBU

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 05-02-2009)
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Crackling sea foam head leave some patches of lace on the glass, good clarity. Little edge of caramel and breadiness in the nose, fruity as well. Crispness comes along quite well, medium body. Solid malt backbone drops a little sweetness on the palate before going dry and biscuity in the finish. Hops do a good job at balancing the malt out, quick kiss of alcohol in the middle with a vague fruity linger.

A very easy drinking balanced toasty ESB, Evolution hit the target here.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 01:29:29 | More by Jason
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dantezeull

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-18-2014 04:22:10 | More by dantezeull
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Liverocks

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-16-2014 17:50:52 | More by Liverocks
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-07-2014 02:58:05 | More by wrightst
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BH712

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-23-2014 19:13:56 | More by BH712
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-21-2014 15:14:21 | More by BrewStrong2156
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Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-13-2014 15:22:55 | More by budvii
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Vogt52

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-11-2014 18:51:03 | More by Vogt52
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark but clear amber. Great tan head an excellent retention.

Sweet caramel and bready aroma. Light floral notes.

Very malty and sweet. Toffee, Hawaiian bread. Herbal.

Very smooth mouthfeel. Soft body with moderate carbonation.

A very good esb. It lacks in hops, but decent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 01:55:13 | More by Vonerichs
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-02-2014 02:39:51 | More by DrunkinYogi
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-01-2014 02:08:59 | More by millerbuffoon
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KevMo84

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-28-2014 06:53:23 | More by KevMo84
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-24-2014 23:28:09 | More by stephenjmoore
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cjac

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-15-2014 23:44:10 | More by cjac
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sebaastionb

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

05-11-2014 22:23:33 | More by sebaastionb
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Label says "Exile Red Ale".

A: Pours a rusty copper color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Retention isn't particularly good, and the head's texture is bubbly (almost like soda, but not quite). No lacing is left behind.

S: Very caramely, and also rather nutty. There's also some welcome spiciness from the hops - I'm glad this won't be a total malt bomb. Every so often, some brown sugar hints will pop up. I really think this could use a few fruit esters to take this one over the top.

T: Again, the primary flavor is caramel, and a ton of it. It's moderately well defined as well. Just a touch of earthy hops on the finish. Really simple (again, I'm missing some fruit esters to really make this one work), it must be said. It does an acceptable job of working with what it has, though.

M: I am SO glad this beer is well attenuated and dry. After a while, some sweetness does linger on the palate, but it's hardly enough to make this a chore. It's fairly creamy on the palate, without overdone carbonation.

O: I was torn trying this beer: I like Evolution, but then I realized "lol, ESB" and passed it up time after time. Well, after finally giving this a chance, I can now say that this is an okay example of an ESB - that fact I actually half-like this is a minor miracle (take note, I *don't* like ESBs). Still, there's a good chance I'm going to forget about this beer a month from now.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 22:30:25 | More by ThisWangsChung
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-05-2014 17:07:52 | More by MikeWard
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head that is tight, beige in color. Clear copper colored body.
S) Earthy sweet hop aroma. Slight bit musky.
T) A bit on the malty side. Caramel. Hints of alcohol in the finish.
M) Medium-light body. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A bit too malty for an ESB. The body is fine, but the taste is a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 02:09:08 | More by u2carew
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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DubCo21

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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slvrmon82

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-15-2014 18:45:48 | More by Dave_Treat
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Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Exile ESB from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.