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Tower ESB - Bull & Bush Brewery

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-30-2014 05:06:24 | More by mrseano
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3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 06:06:44 | More by mactrail
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 04:03:34 | More by sommersb
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-30-2012 16:14:40 | More by rbrefbeerman
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

kind of a less hoppy english pale ale. pours a glowing maple syrup color with maybe a tint more on the orange side, 1 inch white head that eventually fades to nothing. smell is malty and doughy, but not heavy or sweet. flavor is a lot lighter than i thought it would be, very mellow beer, just a touch of bittering hops on the back end, but pretty well balanced ale here. mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated, but it works with this style, lighter medium on the body. overall a pretty decent session beer and a good daily drink type of beer

Serving type: on-tap

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3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 20:03:23 | More by GilGarp
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 02:32:39 | More by AlleywayRover
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3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 00:30:41 | More by emmasdad
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-17-2010 16:53:50 | More by Stinky
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 00:24:24 | More by rye726
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 21:30:27 | More by PhillyStyle
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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got around to visiting the Bull & Bush Brewpub. On-tap poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a distinct copper. Very clear. Thin white head that left some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- More muted than I had hoped for. Lots of mild malts. Aromas of biscuits and wheat. A slight hint of sweetness. It was pretty hard to pick up the various scents in this one.

T- Wow, I was really surprised with the flavors in this ESB. Initially after giving this beer a whiff or two, I was a bit skeptic as to how this would turn out. Instead, it had lots of flavor and just perfectly made. Up front, you get biscuit, wheat, and nice subtle sweetness from caramel malts. That slight sweetness lasts throughout and finishes with a hint of bitterness.

M- Smooth and well carbonated. Light bodied. Finishes with a dry, crisp sensation.

D- Talk about ultimate drinkability. I could drink this one days on end. Lots of flavor for a simple style of beer. Nothing to complain about here.

Overall, probably the best ESB I have had to date. For the style this was simply amazing. Lots of flavor for such a basic beer. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 01:13:24 | More by rhinos00
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Tower ESB from Bull & Bush Brewery
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