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Beak's Best - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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86
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 18.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Viking on 01-29-2003)
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Reviews by alleykatking:
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Had on tap...

A- Poured a golden caramel color. One finger white head shows good retention. Nice streaks of lace on the sidse of the glass.

S- Nice underlying nutty aroma with a settle biscuity malt covering it. Hints of a light caramel malt toward the middle with a faded wet grain aroma. Ending shows the biscuity malts once again along with the nutty aroma ending with some light earthy hops. No real alcohol presence in the nose.

T- Biscuity malts with a strong overtone of roasted nuts right off the get go. This is the opposite of the aroma. Middle of the beer calms down with a dose of semi-sweet caramel malts that add a little depth to the beer itself. Biscuity malts are on the backend with hints of caramel and nuts. Earthy hops are in the backend which adds a nice bitterness to this beer without going overboard. Light alcohol helps to mute the flavors in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Biscuity malts, caramel malts, nuts, and hints of earthy hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly biscuity malts, light alcohol, and hints of both roasted nuts and earthy hops. Flavors were very well put together for the style I thought. No real off flavors were present. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- A fantastic ESB. The flavors are light but pack a nice overall rotating lineup. ABV is light and brings a crispness to this beer. A fantastic beer from New Albanian which seems to be the norm with them.

06-03-2011 00:12:54 | More by alleykatking
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freewill35

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-19-2012 23:45:52 | More by freewill35
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zonker17

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-07-2013 00:55:57 | More by zonker17
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cwd

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-16-2012 17:08:39 | More by cwd
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bkonk10

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-22-2013 02:02:09 | More by bkonk10
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oracle

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Medium copper color with small head that sticks around for a while. slight lacing on glass for entire duration.

Smelled primarily of hops, with noticable alcohol in the nose as well.

Tasted absolutely fantastic. Good mix of carmelized malts and hops that drinks suprisingly smoothly for an ESB. Good hop bitterness in the finish.

Absolutely outstanding. My hats off to Roger and Michael for another outstanding beer

07-07-2004 10:39:24 | More by oracle
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smellandsip37

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-25-2013 22:11:02 | More by smellandsip37
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jtd335

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-03-2012 18:49:56 | More by jtd335
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billgulch

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-27-2014 23:57:25 | More by billgulch
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

On tap at Tom Tap Room. I am really blown away by the beer from New Albanian, and this is one of my very favorite beers from them, and a beer I seek out if I know it is somewhere around town.

A: Clear golden color with a nice cap of bone white foam on it
S: Grassy hops, cereal grains, and hints of biscuit malt. This smells like a brewery on brew day. I love it!
T: For 5% is packs a wonderful flavors of caramel, grassy hops, and a touch of those cereal grains found in the nose.
M: Smooth and medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.
D: I would always love to have this on draft at the house. It is a little over defined session beer ABV, but that wouldn't stop me from many pints over several hours.

This is one of my very favorite just every day beers. I would reach for this beer anytime I could get it.

They just started bottling their beers, and hope they will somehow do this beer in six pack form one day. Great job NABC!

03-27-2011 17:46:11 | More by TheodorHerzl
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

cold from the tap at tavern on south, poured a semi translucent caramel brown to a standard shaker pint with a thin, short lasting off white head leaving minimal and quickly fading lace.

fairly subtle aroma of dark nuts and piney hops.

hops forward, but not in your face and distracting. dark nuts, caramel brown malts, nice side by side subtle hops and sweet malts.

low carbonation, subtle bitter to the tongue, light bodied.

drinkable - yep.

overall - enjoyable, not knocking your socks off, but a good, solid beer.

04-06-2011 19:02:43 | More by robwestcott
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Quite an impressive beer. New Albany's beers all have a dough-ey and caramel-ey note to them anyway. This sets up to be a very solid brew. Still, the head retention and carbonation seem to be lacking from the tap, but the aroma is full of caramel, vanilla, maple syrup, and a bread / yeast flavor that creates richness and fullness, but without a thickening texture. The hops (American) adds spiciness that kicks it out of style, but still a very good beer. The hop flavor is assertive and pronounced without comanding the beer. New Albany's best brew!

10-25-2005 15:52:56 | More by BEERchitect
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Kentucky

1/5  rDev -74.2%

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kuestegg


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-18-2012 15:17:11 | More by kuestegg
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JamesS

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

(Tomlinson Tap Room) Poured a very nice light copper color with some decent head and a bit of decent lacing. Nice hoppy scent (slightly piney with a bit of earthiness beneath it) and a good sweet malt backing. Excellent pine and citrus flavors in the hops, with a good earthy/jerky hop finish (Fuggles?); had a very nice malt backing. Went down well, with a slight twinge.

09-16-2011 16:30:38 | More by JamesS
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-29-2012 01:02:49 | More by MSandahl23
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drmarcusmobley

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-25-2011 04:14:57 | More by drmarcusmobley
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-20-2011 04:02:37 | More by Rempo
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jkrich

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

Copper and slightly opaque with a very nice fluffy off-white head. The aroma was spicy hops with faint malt odors. The initial taste was malty and slightly buttery with a good hop flavor in the aftertaste. There were some fleeting bready flavors as well. Good level of carbonation with a solid, thick mouthfeel. One could easily put back a few pints of this american style bitter. The butter flavor was the only drawback.

02-27-2010 20:19:57 | More by jkrich
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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phishbone23

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-23-2013 17:17:51 | More by phishbone23
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zerk

California

4.65/5  rDev +20.2%

Clear copper with a thin but persistent head. Aroma is very inviting, with a slightly sweet biscuity malt and herbal grassy hops. The flavor delivers on what your nose caused you to expect... upfront maltiness... some caramel flavors mixing with biscuit, then followed by a somewhat mellow and pleasant herbal bitterness. Body is medium to full, and the beer is quite smooth. An excellent ESB... probably the best I've tasted to date. Had this one side by side with a Fuller's, and I didn't even want to finish the Fuller's (which is a great ESB in it's own right.)

I'm really excited about Indiana's newest brewery, and looking forward to more great offerings from New Albanian.

01-29-2003 17:33:14 | More by zerk
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Viking

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Dark coppery/amber brew with a finger-thick cream-colored head. Pretty good head retention with rings of lace to the bottom of the glass. Smells of toasted caramel malt, with some herbal hops. Very well balanced taste - toasted caramel malt blends perfectly with the herbal/slightly spicy hops. Combination creates a smooth bittersweet flavor. Finish is moderately bitter, with a slight lingering taste of what I can only call 'toasted hops'. Smooth, oily-yet-light mouthfeel. Quite possibly the best ESB I've ever tasted. Excellent session beer. Hopefully, I'll be able to find this one locally again, if not it's time for a little road trip to New Albany.

01-29-2003 16:38:19 | More by Viking
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Aaron3447

Indiana

5/5  rDev +29.2%

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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Beak's Best from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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