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Tower ESB - Bull & Bush Brewery

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
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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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by spoony:
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.

spoony, Aug 23, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

GilGarp, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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 -21.5%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

GRG1313, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +11.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Kirby, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

MinorThreat, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

rbrefbeerman, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

crobinso, Apr 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

mrseano, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

carteravebrew, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

famous_mortimur, Sep 21, 2013
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.

mactrail, Mar 26, 2014
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.

emmasdad, May 21, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 29, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Moose90, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

oldvines, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

edhaaslovesbacon, Apr 03, 2013
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.

sommersb, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

beergoot, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of Stinky
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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
Photo of AlleywayRover
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Tower ESB from Bull & Bush Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.