Parapet ESB - Northgate Brewing

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Chaz on 07-23-2014

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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy and toasty aroma with hints of grass, citrus, and caramel malt. Earthy, floral, and spicy hops with hints of grass and slight pine. Citrus hints of lemon and slight orange. Toasted barley malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and toasty balanced taste with notes of grass, citrus, and caramel malt. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, and spicy hops with notes of grass and pine. Citrus notes of lemon zest and orange. Bready toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, rye, cracker, and yeast. Slight sweet taste of sugar. A pretty solid ESB taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a nicely drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the English ESB style. Good mix of earthy and spicy hops with the toasty malt notes.

Photo of MNAle
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into a glass. Pours a dark amber in color. Small head, just a thin rim above the beer, cream white in color. Weak aroma, but the hops are there. Lightly carbonated. Hops dominate the initial taste and the bitterness holds around in the aftertaste. The malts are there in the middle, but it is not as well balanced as the Bent Paddle 14o. This is a decent bitter, but like the Surly, too hopped up for the style. An ESB for IPA drinkers. For local bitters, I'd rank it along side the Surly Bitter Brewer, but given the fact that I have to drive a bit to find it, I expect I'll buy the Surly more often. I would buy this again to support the smaller brewer, but driving into Mpls for it is not in the cards, unless I am going for something else, too. Yeast floaties in the final pour. No biggie, just a note.

Photo of MCImes
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Had this on tap recently. I like it a lot. Its not a super traditional ESB as it is a little more hopped up, but its not into IPA territory. Overall I'd buy it again.

Photo of JamesMN
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a flagon purchased on 3/20/15.

Appearance: Hazy orange/caramel with a very thin topping of off-white suds. Looks nicer on-tap so that factors in to the score.

Aroma: Apricot jam, sweet but restrained but underlying earthy hops.

Taste: Nice earthy bitterness at a moderate level. That carries through with a good apricot flavor and a nice biscuit character. Finish is the best part, a quick burst of english yeast esters followed by an ebbing earthy/stone fruit bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with about average carbonation. Good drinkability and sessionable.

Final Thoughts: One of my favorites from a newly discovered brewery/tap room in NE Minneapolis. Their focus on English style session ales always keeps me coming back for more. Would I drink it again? Yep.

Photo of ksvikesrule
2.36/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Has a good look and first sip but has a aftertaste that I didn't care for.

Photo of Taybeh
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into an imperial pint (though it matches my impressions from drinking it on tap)

a: ridiculous 4 finger head that sticks around a long time, slightly hazy, burnt orange copper
s: toasted grain, nutty, and a little jammy fruit and some dirty hops...very earthy
t: follows the nose, starts with the bready biscuity and crystal malts, then some earthy hops and kind of tea-like bitterness mid-sip, then it ends with a little light sweetness that plays with the bitterness (and maybe some yeasty notes?)
m: a little graininess seems out of place, but you kind of get used to it after a while...medium carbonation, a little thin, lacks some of the rounder, fuller, mellow flavors that I love in the my favorite ESBs and Bitters.

overall: this one left me scratching my head over the mouthful at first, but then it started to grow on is far from perfect, but it is good and has a lot of potential. I wish there were more English session styles around, and I hope these guys keep it up. I'll be drinking again, for sure. Be interesting to do a little compare and contrast with Bent Paddle, Badger Hill, etc.

Photo of jjanega08
4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks a little funny but tastes awesome

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra Special Bitter, ABV 5.6%, 47 IBU, SRM 12, 22 oz. The ale was brewed and packed {not packaged, or bottled?} in Minneapolis, MN. Maris Otter Pale Ale malt, English Pale Crystal Malt, English Dark Crystal Malt, English Flaked Barley, UK Target, UK East Kent Golding Hops, English Yeast.

Well, welcome one and all, to my first review of a Northgate beer. Long overdue. Their brewery is open for growler sales, but they have no taproom yet. Their beers are at local bars, but not the ones I visit, apparently. At last, I have a bottle in my possession, prepared to pour it and enjoy…

Clear, amber-hued, under a slim white ring of foam.

Aroma: sweet malty notes first, caramel tones, with lightly floral, spicy hop notes. Right in line for a British ale.

Taste: hops are hitting first, with a citric splash. Toasty, biscuity malts roll in next. Hop bitterness stay on top. Body is light to medium, with a long finish. Bright and delicious. I'm not normally into the ESB style, but this is one that makes the grade.
Thirsty for an ESB? Can't go wrong here.

Parapet ESB from Northgate Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.