1327 Pod's ESB - Blue Blood Brewery
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3.1/5 rDev +2%
12oz can, been kicking around for a while now. Apparently, the whole lot that was shipped to our small corner of the world has gone off, and been recalled, which makes makes me all the more curious to ascertain the status of this lonely, singular aluminum vessel.
This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark golden amber hue, with three fingers of dense, creamy off-white head, which leaves a solid paint job of lace around the glass as it very slowly melts away.
It smells of bready, grainy malt, a bit of sour red fruitiness, and zippy leafy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, a nicely balanced orchard fruitiness, and loitering, ne'er do-well leafy, musty, earthy hops.
The carbonation is pretty well sublimated, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth, in a field of no contention. It finishes sweet, with a slightly saccharine biscuit maltiness, that lingering fruitiness elevating the cause, and some soft leafy hops rounding things out.
A tasty enough affair, though it is indeed missing that sharp biscuity character that I associate with the style. However, this is hardly enough evidence to dismiss the whole freaking batch, IMHO, as I have had much more egregiously off-putting examples of ESBs that lack one or more of their expected attributes. Beyond my measly control, I reckon.
07-20-2012 06:47:29 | More by biboergosum
3.55/5 rDev +16.8%
A: Ice-tea colored beer with a thin but steady head; lacing is pretty intricate--though they fade a bit
S: Lots of bready malts--sweet and bready but also some tea leaves, lemon, grass; this smells pretty good and nicely balanced
T: Good hop bitterness up front with a citrus grassy quality; some slightly sweet toasty, bready malts; this is a nice American take on a British beer: balanced, drinkable, good
F: Medium body; sticky; nicely carbonated; good all around mouth feel
O: Again, this is a drinkable slightly hoppy and bready beer
03-08-2012 03:22:58 | More by dbossman
3.25/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a standard pint glass.
A - Pours a translucent light copper color. Slightly off white two finger width head. Appears to have strong carbonation.
S - I'm primarily picking up caramel malt on the nose. Not much else really - a bit of hops, a hint of breadiness. Nothing super complex going on here.
T - Caramel malt up front, sliding back into some moderate hop bitterness. It has a nice bready finish. Not too bad. Again, nothing crazy or complex going on here, but tastes pretty good.
M - On the light side of medium bodied; it felt a little slick. Not quite as crisp as I would have liked.
O - Overall, tastes pretty good and would be a great sessioner, especially for a nice spring day.
02-04-2012 00:31:55 | More by lawlerj
3.25/5 rDev +6.9%
App- High Clarity, Golden/Dark Amber. Pours with a half inch head. Moderate lacing. Nice looking beer.
Smell- Not much to get here in terms of complexity. Malty and bready.
Taste- Very malty, taste is also earthy and a bit stale. Caramel is present, but matched by the hops. A bit of an alcoholic bite as well.
Mouthfeel- A bit of bitterness from the hops lends to the crispness of this beer. Carbonation is perhaps on the high end.
Overall- Very easy to drink, but there is nothing that stands out about this beer. Balanced well, packaged well in a very attractive can, but I hope that better can come from the brewery in the future.
02-03-2012 23:44:30 | More by scarfield
2.88/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a pale amber color with a small white head that settles quickly leaving some spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with ever-so-slight grassiness and some light crackery and caramel maltiness. Sadly that's pretty much it.
The tastes begin with light crackery and biscuity maltiness with some mild grassy hop flavor and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall, that's 0-2 so far on this brewery. While this was better than the Pale ale by leaps and bounds this still isn't anywhere close to style and no where near a respectable ESB.
02-07-2013 23:18:12 | More by claspada
3.25/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured a very clear amber brown with a head that dissipated rather quickly. Lacing was left until the last drop.
Smell is not overly complex, nutty aromas with a stronger malt presence balanced with a bit of bitterness from the hops aromas. Nothing fancy here.
Taste is a very bright, yet mellow enough to not overdo it. Same that went for the smell goes for the taste here. Maybe I'm too used to Imperials that this beer doesn't wow me. However, it is very sessionable and easy to drink a few. Maybe a great intro beer to non-craft drinkers. Mouthfeel is dry, with the flavors leaving quickly and the beer being "smooth".
This beer is a good representation of the style, but nothing that is out of the norm - little complexity and no stunning features.
I hope this new brewery does well, it's the second to open in this city and will have a pretty good competition with the other brewery that has been around for a while. Hopefully Blue Bloods can turn out some great beers, and I look forward to trying other offerings.
01-17-2012 02:54:50 | More by midworken
1327 Pod's ESB from Blue Blood Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.