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ESB - Core Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Core Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Arkansas, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: estlinska on 04-12-2013

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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 14
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here is how I know I'm a true beer nerd/enthusiast : I hate bitter beers. But I must try everything. And with that in mind, I review by style rather than anything else. Although I still tell you if I like it or not. So here's a gross bitter, reviewed subjectively by a malt-lover.

Appearance : Copper colored body, 80% transparent, with a giant off-white 2 fingered head (like mattress foam) that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass like an abstract art painting.

Smell : Hops obviously out front in the form of fruity pineapple, grapefruit, some morning dew grass, and faint banana peel. Very very faint dirty malt notes.

Taste : It packs a punch. The bitterness is very strong and rich, starting up front with some piney/woody flavors and ending with tropical fruit drying on back of the tongue. Aftertaste is of mango, papaya, and tangelo.

Mouthfeel : light to medium bodied, pretty slick and oily, lightly carbonated, ends slightly dry with dried fruits.

Overall : Again, I'm not a fan of bitters but this is good for its style. Very strong in its presentation and leaves some decent tropical flavors behind as it waves goodbye.

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4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B-Land
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Chris, nice hops up front with a caramel malt and grainy finish.

Photo of lshrtmn
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Little hoopiness but very smooth . Hints of caramel.

Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brn9000
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SeanP
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeB91c
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for the style from a local brewery. Very smooth, mellow, great lacing on the glass and it leaves a lingering flavor of toffees and biscuits on the tongue. A very easy drinking beer and one of the best from this brewery.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Brodie
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bdubw
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Holy crap what a head of beer. Easy five fingers worth that likes to stick around. It's not a fullers esb but not bad for a micro in a can from north west Arkansas.

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3.56/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of gruss004
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Enjoyed this on tap at a local pub, 1st beer I've had from Arkansas.
Pours a dark copper color with an off-white head of less than 1 finger that leaves lots of lacing.
The aroma is loaded with malty goodness: caramel and toffee, cracker and biscuit.
The taste is much the same: Lots of caramel and toffee, a hint of biscuit and a very spot-on bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and quite nice.
Overall, a very true-to-style and tasty ESB. Well done. Glad I had a chance to try it as no one seems quite sure when another keg may make it back here.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LukeGude
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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ESB from Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.