14'ER ESB - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by Grundle20:
4.25/5 rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
The beer pours light copper in color. There's a tight white head to crown the beer and it displays superb lacing and great retention.
With a smooth and mild hop and malt balance in the scent it's almost a throwback to the English roots of the style, but this is America and we've got some fruity American hops here. If there was an American ESB category, which probably isn't too far away, then I feel that this would be spot on in terms of smell.
Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again I feel like Avery really tried to be true to style but with just a touch of American flair. There's a mild caramel malt base to the brew lending just a touch of sweetness and a good amount of smooth body. The hops put a zest of citrus about mid drink but the bitterness is subdued. The finish has a little touch of citrus rind but leaves little aftertaste to note.
If the ABV was just a touch lower this would be a perfect session beer for me but as it stands now it's still quite delicious and easy drinking. Highly drinkable.
There's not a whole lot of ESB action going around in the US, and the examples I do find seem to be IPA bastard children so I find this beer to be a breath of fresh air.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2007 20:30:00 | More by Grundle20
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14'ER ESB from Avery Brewing Company
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