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Exile ESB - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mjw2808:
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mjw2808

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color with a lot of carbonation and leaves a one finger white head that left behind a lot of lacing. The nose is malt upfront, with noticeable citrus and caramel with a some hops. The taste is much more hoppy than the smell, as well it has noticeable malt and caramel in the nose, but much harder to detect the citrus. Its balanced out pretty well, not overly bitter or overly sweet. Decent mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 01:29:37 | More by mjw2808
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-07-2014 02:58:05 | More by wrightst
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-01-2014 02:08:59 | More by millerbuffoon
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

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04-22-2014 02:09:08 | More by u2carew
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-15-2014 18:45:48 | More by Dave_Treat
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Exile ESB from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.