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Holgate ESB - Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel visit their website
Australia

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 01-25-2008)
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dsolonenko

Singapore

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

04-26-2013 16:28:01 | More by dsolonenko
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chogm54

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle. Ive found the other Holgate beers (pilsener, Mt Macedon Ale, temptress) a bit overrated and overpriced, but lets see how the ESB goes.

A - pours a thin white head than fades quickly to a thin white sheen, rust coloured, clear.

S - sweet, butterscotch malts with a bit whiff of dark fruit (raisins) and citrusy hops

T - a bit flat at first, then the caramel malts and slight spicy bitterness kicks in. Overtones of dark fruits (raisins, sultanas). Hint of roasting on the malts in the aftertaste. Slightly sweeter than a typical ESB.

M - low carbonation (although typical for an ESB), feels quite full bodied for this style, with a dry texture and slightly metallic finish.

O - pretty good, but Im not sure how the sweetness would hold up over several beers - it might get a bit sickly down the line.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 10:38:21 | More by chogm54
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XsoldoutX

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-10-2014 02:30:22 | More by XsoldoutX
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-23-2014 10:50:46 | More by artemh
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Vanz

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-27-2014 22:29:13 | More by Vanz
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admiral

Australia

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good ESB - made close in nature to a classic English ESB

Aroma of malt, slight chocolate and caramel with some nice citrus to finish it off

taste: malt, chocolate, citrus, orange marmalade, spice, caramel and toffee with the big, classic, bitterness to finish it off.

Overall - not the greatest but solid nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 11:24:32 | More by admiral
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-10-2013 11:42:57 | More by KalanM
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soju6

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub.

A: Seved a copper color with a nice head that slowly fades to lacing.

S: Aroma of Roasted malt, caramel, with some citrua and grain in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, caramel sweetness with some citrus and grain in the background. Nice bitterness and a quite dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy and very nicely balanced.

O: Very enjoyable ESB. Worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 01:49:11 | More by soju6
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

05-22-2013 04:12:17 | More by pin
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mungus

Australia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-16-2013 05:19:26 | More by mungus
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junelim


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-04-2012 09:22:52 | More by junelim
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, another offering from this brewery currently available only at selected Liquor Depot outlets in Alberta, i.e. the big ones that you have to drive way too far to get to.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some nicely consistent bike chain lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of bready, sweet caramel malt, with a touch of biscuity character, some nutty toffee, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more caramel and toffee malt, a shallow white bready/cracker essence, some edgy stone pit fruitiness, a twinge of bitter, juicy citrus, and floral, almost perfumed, earthy hops.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, just a wee tingle here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a slight clamminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt just to prevalent, and the hops, while fighting the good fight, just can't counter-punch well enough.

A tasty enough tipple, but lacking in certain ESB aspects - the biscuity, drying leafiness coming most hastily to mind. Nevertheless, a worthy gateway sessioner, I would imagine, if I didn't have to pay the local monopoly's import prices. Or, ya know, lived Down Under.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 00:48:41 | More by biboergosum
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hopspiller

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-27-2012 04:30:55 | More by hopspiller
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SmashPants

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: good quality 330mL brown bottle with stylish quality label. Nice.

Appearance: dark hazy copper in colour. A decent one finger of thick head. Good retention and a fantastic semi-lace.

Aroma: caramel malts are present with some earthy hops along for the ride. There are some great fruit esters also.

Taste: a wonderful combination of bread malts, port-style dark fruits and more of those earthy hops. This is just getting better!

Aftertaste: transfers brilliantly along the palate, with those earthy malt flavours.

Mouth feel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Suits the style.

Overall: Another from one of my favourite breweries. Very good example of an English bitter made in Australia. Very sessional, have a fear that it may be a little expensive though. Definitely worth it :) Update: as expected, it is quite expensive, at $95 a case (2012). Still nice, no doubting it. Just might have it every so often instead of all the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 05:02:17 | More by SmashPants
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dansmcd

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - No head, even with an aggressive pour, just a thin collar. Body is a beautiful ruby red and clear.

S - Malt forward, golden syrup, bread, hazelnut and toffee.

T - Quite sweet, dark fruits, blackcurrent, ribena, strawberry with a hint of booze. Slightly bitter.

M - Thin watery body, moderate to high in carbonation.

O - Not really my favourite style, but a decent example here.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 06:43:21 | More by dansmcd
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask pot at Great Northern. From notes.

A - Poured a light brown colour with a thick creamy head. No carbonation evident with a nice thick lace and a film of retention.

S - Buttery, English earthy hop, light citrus, light malt. Mild-ish.

T - Malty with a citrus/earth hop profile.

M - Slick with no real carbonation. Buttery feel and a light body.

O/D - Not a bad one to put on cask. Tasty, just lacking. Good stuff, just more malt flavour needed. Suited to cask well, but maybe on too long.

Serving type: cask

05-07-2012 22:53:56 | More by tbeckett
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pot at the Royston Hotel, Richmond.

Settles into a light mahogany colour with a nice, creamy off-white head of foam. Good lacing. Relatively see through.

Smell is toffee, caramel and butterscotch.

Taste is caramel to begin with and then the toffee joins and butterscotch takes over to finish, which is a little sad.

Overcarbonated, giving it a thin feel, when all other indicators would have you believe it would be more full.

Decent, but too much butterscotch and carbonation stops this in its tracks from becoming a much better beer.

Serving type: cask

11-27-2011 06:11:31 | More by MrKennedy
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rjimlad

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a competent bitter. Nice deep copper appearance. Short-lived head and no lacing. Aroma is caramel and toffee with some Fuggles fruitiness. Taste is similar. Caramel, toffee and some breadiness. Really good mix with moderate carbonation. I didn't find it too carbonated as did some. Mouthfeel didn't suffer. I did however, think that there is something missing on the mid-palate. Not sure what but could use a little more oomph as it seemed a tad hollow. The correct characteristics for style are there but I think it lacks a little guts just before the hops kick in. Still, I enjoy drinking this as I think Holgate make great beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 07:21:46 | More by rjimlad
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heygeebee

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/10 so not fresh.... but...

Aggressive pour yields a small head that fades quickly. Copper/Brown.

Aromas of England(!)

Taste is butterscotch, toffee, caramel, all rounded in with English hops and moderate bitterness. Delicately light.

Mouthfeel good, no real carbonation to speak of. Appropriate.

Overall, wish I had bough a six-pack. A great session beer I suspect. Very good find. Would love to have on tap off a hand-pump somewhere (Taphouse?)

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 08:00:24 | More by heygeebee
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Stew41

Australia

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surely has claims as Australia’s leading ESB? Very faithful interpretation, particularly in terms of appearance and aroma. Beautiful toffee brown hues match well with toffee caramel malts and fresh passionfruit. The palate follows these lines but somewhat less expressive, in part due to some relatively high carbonation. Still, the palate has some very good creamy structure.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 11:14:48 | More by Stew41
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goom

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a schooner glass. Poured a nice amber-copper colour with a great head leaving creamy lace down the sides.

Nose is floral, spicy hops, biscuity malt, a faint metallic smell.

Not quite as hoppy as the nose suggests, lots of biscuit and caramel malt flavour, floral hops and still that metallic taste.

Good mouthfeel, carbonations is quite high. Perhaps a bit too much with the carbonation.

I was not overly impressed until I had this after a couple of lagers... took a few to get into but this is a solid beer, carbonation a touch high and a slightly disconcerting metallic flavour.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 01:50:39 | More by goom
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Quartermaine

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall great beer. Look taste and feel are all pretty spot on. Packaged well and presents beautifully.

Smells sweet and biscuit/butter with a solid hope profile. Appearance is copper and clear.

Tastes of toffee and caramel. Biscuity with a mildly tart finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light on for my taste but not inappropriate.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 07:51:01 | More by Quartermaine
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brendan13

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly clear dark copper colour with a 2cm off white head that hangs for a little while.
S - Toffee and bready malt flavours with a touch of diacetyl also coming through. Some earthy and light fruity hop notes are also present.
T - Also nice toffee like notes in the taste along some fruity hop flavour but I think a touch too much diacetyl.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation and a pleasent lingering bitterness.
O - A decent enough beer but a touch too much diacetyl, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 08:11:53 | More by brendan13
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper colour, bright but deep, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Head was initially fizzy and frothing, but it settles to a reasonably pleasant and fine film of off-white. Looks pretty decent and stylistically appropriate. Lacing isn't as sticky as it could be, although it appears in sheets, rather pleasantly.

Nose is pleasantly robust with lots of crisp hops, that almost bend a little towards the citric. Hint of tannins ensure it stays grounded in earthiness, however. Also a touch of roasted grains to give some depth. Very decent.

Taste is also quite well constructed, and stays pleasantly balanced throughout. Decent robust bitterness from the hops, with a structure of malt and roasted grain around it. Bitterness mingles pleasantly with the malt at the back to give a moreish nutty character. Crisp finish. Despite the abundant carbonation present in the body, the feel is pleasantly smooth and supple.

A very nice ESB, with plenty of character, and decent structure. Smooth and tasty, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:51:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Macca

Australia

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a nice clear dark amber colour with slightly off white centimetre of head.

Fantastic malt aromas leap out of the glass. Some nice fruity hops as well.

Hops are more evident on the palate. Very well balanced between hops and malt.

Medium bodied.

A very good full flavoured brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 10:34:07 | More by Macca
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