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Helltown Extra Sinful Bitter (ESB) - Helltown Brewing

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Helltown Extra Sinful Bitter (ESB)
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23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Helltown Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: thecheapies on 05-20-2012)
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Reviews by micromaniac129:
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the blue dog. Nice rich amber with a tall dense head. Left some light lacing as the beer was consumed.
The aroma had some pleasent earthy and floral hops with a sweet bready malts.
Taste is pretty hoppy. flavors of herbs and floral maybe a touch of mint. Toffee malts are bold and sweet and balance well.
Drinks smooth on the palate with great drinkablity. I like it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2013 12:04:40 | More by micromaniac129
More User Reviews:
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-07-5 at the brewery

A - Fairly clear, medium brown with some reddish tint. 1-finger tan head and mild lacing.

S - Rich, sweet, lightly roasted malt and hop floral.

T - The malt flavor echoes the smell and is forward of the bitterness. No one malt flavor sticks out but I get a bit of cherry and chocolate to add to the roasted grain. This is not a sweet beer by any means. The bitterness comes in slowly at first, then builds in the finish but just to a moderate level, imparting a pleasant/slight vegetal flavor in addition to the bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Dries nicely with just hint of prickliness.

O - A very well-fermented and tasty ESB; probably leaning a bit more to the bitterness side than ESBs from across the pond.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2014 17:59:56 | More by Tucquan
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

05-09-2014 08:15:45 | More by HollyHops
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-03-2014 18:11:39 | More by randylangford
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-12-2014 21:29:57 | More by greg4579
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Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

02-27-2014 17:33:09 | More by Saxboy10
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-11-2014 04:14:19 | More by millerbuffoon
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft offering served in a pint. The brew appears a hazed burnt cooper to orange color with a frothy full wall of white lacing on the glass. The cap holds across the top with a thin film.

The aroma is grassy with fruity to floral hops accents and a clean malt bill that provides a nice base. Sadly the aroma is the best aspect of this brew.

The taste is mildly fruity with a grass and herbal bitterness. Almost too much focus on alcohol and not enough on anything else. Strange to see this in an ESB.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Thin, lifeless and quite forgettable. A pint I regretted drinking moreso than their IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 20:33:04 | More by stakem
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-31-2013 18:25:25 | More by xnicknj
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-11-2013 01:11:43 | More by rolltide8425
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-04-2013 18:21:11 | More by zekeman17
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at House of 1000 Beers
A - Pours a nice amber color, 1.5 on the head with thick puffy lacing.
S - Fresh hops, medium malt, pine, floral qualities, maybe some lemon peel.
T - Clean, crisp tasting ESB, good hop balance against the malt.
M - Well carbonated, lighter in feel, but thirst quenching.
O - When I got this, I just wanted a light ABV to be refreshed with, and this is defnitely a great beer for that. Fresh, balanced crisp flavored beer, thats not wild with its flavors, but just a sold ESB. Helltown makes good beer, and this doesnt fall off their great lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 02:05:53 | More by Omnium
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

02-28-2013 18:45:55 | More by Seaba
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-17-2013 00:31:05 | More by outoffocus
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TGERUS

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-05-2013 02:56:15 | More by TGERUS
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

12-27-2012 04:05:27 | More by ejimhof
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JayKay412

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

12-08-2012 14:34:49 | More by JayKay412
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Caramel honey brown with a explosive two inches of head. It took forever to settle and made some nice sticky lacing.

S - Smells like a hopped up ESB with herbal teas and maybe even some roasted nuts.

T - A bit hop forward but not as much as Anderson Valleys ESB. The tea flavor and herbal hops mixed well in this giving it a bit of a chestnut taste. It has a well rounded sweetness too with some dried apricot.

M - Light to medium, dry yet goes down smooth.

Overall one of the better ESB's I have tasted. It seems like everything I had from these guys has been amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 03:50:53 | More by DrDemento456
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-22-2012 01:49:03 | More by hollywood_15063
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint: Deep rust with half-a-finger of white head. Pale gold highlights.

Smells of bready malts, nutmeg, a little dry. Is there some prune in there?

Taste has kind of an odd combination of passion fruit, apricot, nutmeg & cinnamon, a little vanilla, dry fruit skins. Not bad but, like I said, just kind of odd & a little muddy.

Nice smooth feel, rolls down the throat, winds up slightly dry.

Not sure how to feel about this one overall. The taste has something kind of strange going on that I can't put my finger on. Would definitely try it again to see if they work out the kinks.

Sidenote: I got the privilege of naming this beer so it's got kind of a special place in my heart, can't wait to try future batches.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 11:55:40 | More by OneDropSoup
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Helltown Extra Sinful Bitter (ESB)

LOOK: Deep amber colored brew with a fine clarity. Slightly off white head and leaves a good amount of lace.

SMELL: Caramel, pine, herbal, grassy hop notes and a bit more malt as it warms. Inviting and pleasing aroma that would indicate a well made brew.

TASTE: More toffee and caramel with a light fruity note. There is a complimentary hop presence of tea like, herbal hops. Well balanced with an even keel of caramelized malt and mellow hop bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a solid level of carbonation. Refreshing and easy to quaff.

OVERALL: This is one HELL of a session beer. If they served this in Hell, it wouldn't be as unbearable. Helltown is doing good work.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 21:56:38 | More by Stinkypuss
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Mad Mex, glowing deep amber body with a fine caramel tan head forming nicely. Minimal scattered lacing left on the pint glass. Aroma has a big biscuit/malt combo going on with earthy leafy hops, more of a delicate English malt profile even though it's Extra Sinful. Flavors provide big malt layers, more caramel and bread dough dance across the palate, earthy tobacco hints of tea leaves as well come to mind when describing the hop flavors provided here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even slow bubbling carbonation, seems almost naturally fermented, very smooth going down. Overall I'm happy with this well made ESB, definitely my favorite brewery on the scene in the Burgh these days that I can't get anywhere else.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 23:10:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery with slight hop haze. Thin layer of head. 3.5

Caramelly toasted grains and muted hops with an earthy character. Was expecting more. 3.0

Roasty toasty with some minor hop bite. Piney and earthy, a little watered down. Grains, but no fruit. More toastiness in the finish. 3.5

Exceptionally balanced with a great drinkability. Smooth, silky body and a nice little burp after the gulp. 5.0

A decent ESB. Props to the up and coming local brewery. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 05:13:33 | More by thecheapies
Helltown Extra Sinful Bitter (ESB) from Helltown Brewing
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