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Tower ESB - Bull & Bush Brewery

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2005)
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Reviews by mrseano:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mrseano, May 30, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

GilGarp, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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!!

russpowell, Jul 16, 2006
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

PhillyStyle, Jun 01, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

stampfler07, Apr 02, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

LotsofLupulin, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Kirby, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MinorThreat, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rbrefbeerman, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

crobinso, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

carteravebrew, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

famous_mortimur, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

mactrail, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

emmasdad, May 21, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 29, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

oldvines, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

edhaaslovesbacon, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

sommersb, Jul 10, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what i want in an ESB, this is clearly the best American version of this style I have had. Fantastic session beer, plenty of flavor without getting overbearing, sweet enough but not cloyingly so, hoppy but not a bomb perfect for the style. This is just a really well executed beer in a classic style.

Stinky, Apr 17, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the bush and bull brewery.

Poured medium copper colored with an off white head. Good head retention.

Aroma was heavy caramel with a touch of citrus, maybe a little pear.

Taste has a lot of caramel with just a hint of smoke and roast. Citrus hops appear in the back and linger on the palate.

Warm mothfeel. Creamy and very drinkable.

I liked this beer a lot. It is the best Of their core beers.

AlleywayRover, Jun 28, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked up a growler yesterday.

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a decent head, fades to just a bit of lacing - but keep in mind this was from a growler.

Smell: Floral hops and a bit of caramel malt. Definitely smells like what I would expect from an ESB.

Taste: Heavy on the floral hops, but a nice amount of malt in there too - definitely highly drinkable.

Overall impression: I'm not sure of the ABV, but this is a great session beer. I often try and pick up a growler of this to bring home and enjoy.

rowew, Oct 07, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with shades of amber. Thin tan head on top. Nose has mossy malts, herbal hops and soem caramel. Taste has bready malts, floral hops and carmelized candies. Medium body is nicely carbonated. Another good session beer from Bull and Bush.

rye726, Dec 03, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

BillRoth, Nov 18, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Bull & Bush for the opportunity. Entered into judging as category 44A (ESB).

Cap not on tight...tiny puff of carb at opening. Hard pour to earn a half finger of dulled gold tan head over a cloudy copper caramelized-sugar liquid. Smells potent english hops. Piney and oranges. Must be goldings. Soured malt.

Tastes biscuity and hoppy. Some dry hop oils and wet orange hop sweet. Grassy is mild. Esters loiter under drying hops. Malt is noticable but not wet. Has some dry and biscuity character. piney hop finish leads into a grassy and tin-like aftertaste. Hops are almost like a west coast barleywine that's soured and aged a year or two. Piney like a mini-Bigfoot.

Carb is mild, but sharp and hightens the soured off-hop piney. Md body washes away from the dry finish. Not so good as an ESB, IMO.

mentor, Dec 26, 2006
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Tower ESB from Bull & Bush Brewery
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