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Tower ESB - Bull & Bush Brewery

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Tower ESBTower ESB

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very good

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 44
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 18.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2005

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 44
Reviews by mrseano:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery in a pint glass.

The Tower is a medium amber color with a thin layer of white head on top. Slightly hazy appearance.

Aroma is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy with mild earthy undertones. A little orchard fruit as well.

Flavor is surprisingly bitter after the mild aroma. Sweet caramel base is nearly overwhelmed with hoppy bitterness. This is easily one of the most intense ESBs I've had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicotine carbonated.

Overall a really good version of the style. Almost could be considered imperial.

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Photo of Sara24
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this poured amber to red/copper with a 1/2" white head

S: Fruiity, bready & some piney hops

T: Big fruittyness, some biscuitty notes. Piney & citrus hops folow through. Finishes fruitty& citrussy

MF: Medium with very good carbonation. great balance!

Wow this went down too easy, & at $2.75 a pint, yum!!

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Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz pint glass:

Served up a clear ruby red with a white head that was not well retained.

Aroma was light and mainly malty, but pretty well balanced.

The taste was really good, not as balanced as expected, a little more hoppy than expected, but still really good.

The beer had a medium body to it, smooth, rich, creamy with good carbonation.

The beer is extremely drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Warm brown brew with a dirty finish. Pours a handsome dark amber in the tall glass with a modest foam. Pleasantly sudsy mouthfeel. I can't make out much of an aroma.

Warm and malty, lots of roasted grainy flavor. Dark scorched sugar notes. An acidic, astringent note takes the edge off the sugar. Leafy, dank hops in the background. Woody notes and there's that bitterish, dirt flavor.

I really didn't like this much the first glassful, but a second pour later seemed to be at least drinkable. Overall, though, it's kind of murky and watery. Weird sweet aftertaste. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap the other night at the brewery. Poured a medium amber color with a little off-white head. Aromas of caramel, bready malt and spicy hops. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of sweet malt, caramel and spicy hops.

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Photo of SamN
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, brown-amber color, Thick head, nearly 2-fingers of lacy, hoppy-looking foam heads, good lacing. Smell is a good blend of toasted graininess and pleasant hop fruitiness. Flavor, too, is all about balance. A nice hops kiss rounds off the slightly caramel maltiness, a nice lasting coating on the palette. Balanced, balanced, balanced.

Across the board, quite good. Easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pured an amber color with a medium head.
Smelled of malt, hops and some fruit--strawberry i think.
Typical ESB plus a bit more on the flavor side. Yeast or burnt toast hints...just enough to know this is an ESB. Good feel, enough hops and dryness to appreciate the beer.
Goes down groovy.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Dimitri
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-09-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: On tap at the Bull & Bush

A: Dark amber in color, with a decent sized head. Both lacing and retention seem good.

S: Breadiness from the malts, combined with earthy and spicy hop aromas.

T: Very nicely balanced beer, with the hops and malts playing back and forth.

M: Body and carbonation are moderate, with a slightly dry finish that is bitter, but not heavy handed in the hops.

O: Very delicious ESB that paired well with the fish and chips. I'd have it again.

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Tower ESB from Bull & Bush Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.