Tower ESB - Bull & Bush Brewery

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 18
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Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  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.

Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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!!

Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Inside the bottle cap: North Eolus 14,039

Dark honey-colored body with a very thick, long lasting, frothy head. Caramel and lightly charred brown sugar aroma. The flavor follows the aroma with a more pronounced presence of toffee and nuts; solid hop bitterness lingering beneath all the malt sweetness; some buttery diacetyl notes. Medium-heavy body; smooth with a low-key level of carbonation.

A palate pleasing malt-forward ale with a warm, nutty sweetness and an even-keeled hop bitterness to balance things out.

Photo of Stinky
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of AlleywayRover
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of rye726
3.88/5  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.

Photo of traviseses
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love their ESB, so tasty

Photo of mentor
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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

Photo of drseamus
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good beer. It had an amber/reddish body and a bit of white head. The aroma was filled with a good biscuity caramel aroma. The flavor was similar with the same biscuit and caramel notes and good bitterness to balance. It has a medium body and great drinkability. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of rhinos00
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of spoony
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

From a 500 ml bottle (bottled March 24, 2014) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of light tan head. Retention is pretty good and a sticky wave of lacing clings to the glass. The color is burnished, brassy brown. It is mostly clear and pretty dark.

S-The aroma is pretty intense for an ESB. I pick up quite a bit of zesty, almost orange-scented hops. The malts are medium-light roasted, nutty, and earthy. Sweetness is moderate to above-average. The whole thing is a little harsh, but interesting.

T-Like the smell, the taste is pretty intense. The zesty hops are still very apparent on the palate with a slight citrus twang. The malts are moderately sweet with a nutty, earthy, cocoa note. There is a bit of fruity alcohol as the beer nears room temp.

M-The heft is moderate to above average with a consistent carbonation that provides a nice lift on the palate.

O-This is a pretty aggressive ESB. The hop flavors are assertive and the malts pick up when the initial hop flavor dies down. The whole package is a little rough around the edges and not necessarily what I would reach for when I think "ESB." That being said, this beer has a great mouthfeel and packs a ton of flavor.

Tower ESB from Bull & Bush Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.