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

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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

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Beer added by: Viking on 01-29-2003

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3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've drank like 4-5 of New Albanian's beers so it's kinda inexplicable that I've never reviewed any of them. Reviewing is what I do, see. Only I guess I only ever get the beers on tap, after I've already been drinking. And--no offense--but the beers are never that striking: they're solid, not particularly good or bad, and so it's hard to review them the morning afterwards, without proper notes.

So i decided to make this my first beer of the night, while my brain was still unclouded, and to take proper notes, even if I had to do so discreetly, so as to not look like a Melvin in front of my friends.

Malt profile is standard, if a little crisper than usual for an ESB: nuts, biscuits, toast. This is backed up very nicely, especially in the aroma, by a surprisingly strong kick of piney, peaty hops. The flavor is exactly what I want out of an ESB: it's crisp and tame all the way through until the very back end when the hops jump out and surprise you.

This was the only beer I had all night. Kept ordering it and ordering it. Not because it was superamazing, but because it is wonederfully brewed session. This is a hard style to keep both mild and interesting, but they nailed it.

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