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1327 Pod's ESB - Blue Blood Brewery

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 21.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Blood Brewery visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: midworken on 01-17-2012

A well-balanced beer between sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hops with 5.6% alcohol by volume and 37 IBU. The beer is named after a co-founder of the brewery whose love for the Extra Special Bitter style of beer is why this beer is one of our first releases. The beer is meant to be a little bitter, but not over the top and very drinkable. The hop aroma and flavor do not dominate the beer, but support the malt to create a well balanced beer.
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i promise im not discounting this beer because its made by cops. i swear. it really is just lousy, and under no circumstances could anyone who knows anything about beer call this an esb in good faith. the pour is clear pee yellow with an inch of big bubbled and fading whie head. gone in seconds. the nose is pushing offensive. extracty and watery at the same time, nothing to this at all. flavor is the same, generic and watered down, where are the robust english malts? the nutty aftertaste? the smooth thick feel? the fortitude? its all absent from this entirely forgettable brew. a predictably watery mouthfeel, lacking any real substance. carbonation is too light, but its not too bad. funky metallic finish, not for me. had to split this can with two others to choke it down. was bummed when we showed up and the brewery was closed, but one can of this wash makes me glad it was. i should be fair though, ill try again when passing through on a day other than sunday next time. ive had worse beers, but skip it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of claspada
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dbossman
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Bear1964
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.25/5  rDev +8%

Sampled this evening on 10/22/14. Comes in a 12 ounce can only. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a very hazy orange-yellow in color with a thick foamy/creamy 4-finger head that finally settles down to a good 5mm cap after a good 10 minutes. Lots of lacing is seen with each sip that sticks to the sides of the glass, like a good German brew would. The aroma has a lot going on with some malts, caramel and spice. Even more going on with the taste with some biscuit, grass in the mix and finishes with a bitter aftertaste that lasted a bit too long for my likes. Medium bodied and perfect carbonation though. Overall, not a big fan of the E.S.B. style brews.

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of searsclone
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

can into a pint glass. tons of carbonation formed a light tan head on top of a very clear honey colored liquid.

smell reminds me of wood glue followed by a bready sweetness.

taste is bitter hops at first followed by some malt. spicy finish.

mouthfeel is light and watery

overall, just average. I won't search for this one

Photo of Sintech
1/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the worst esb's I have ever tasted

Photo of Malone47
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer with great flavor

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1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cpolking
3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours hazy, yet a bright and glowing orange and amber in color. There is a short head of thin off-white foam.

The aroma is somewhat floral, and fruity, with fresh plums and dried apricots.

The taste is malty, light caramel, followed immediately by a floral and grassy bitterness. The overall effect is refreshing, but very flavorful. The taste is far better than the aroma, and this makes a very good English bitter.

Photo of lawlerj
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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1327 Pod's ESB from Blue Blood Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.