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14* ESB - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gatornation on 01-27-2014

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 14
Photo of Beerlover
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Superbohl4
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RossiDaMan
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bent Paddle 14º ESB, Extra Special Bitter Ale, Craft Brewed in Duluth, MN. 5.6% alc./vol.

Appearance: clear, bronze-hued, solid, staying cap of lace-leaving foam. Lookin' good.

Aroma: sweetly malty, lightly spicy & floral, judiciously hopped.

Taste: Clean and smooth, malt-forward, delicate hoppiness, expertly drinkable. Tasty, too. Prime candidate for session or such. Drinks a dream, and leaves the palate well satisfied. Lean bodied, light malty finish. Just an all 'round, well-balanced, right-on English-style ale. Good beer, and you can drink it.

What do they say on the can? "Our well rounded approach to the classic British Ale. There's middle of the road, and there's middle of the river. And if there's one thing that's important in the middle of the river--it's balance."

Photo of hopazoid
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grimey68
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigbeers84
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalsnota
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a solid beer, but it is more of an interpretation of the style instead of being true to style.

Photo of jsprain1
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdog
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear amber, big head.

Smell: Floral, then a bit of citrus, underlying earthiness.

Taste: Nice toffee and caramel, a zingy fruitiness, some sweetness, mild earthy-sweet finish.

Overall: A very tasty ESB from one of the best breweries in Minnesota. 12oz cans are a plus. Nice blend of malty flavors with fruity and earthy hops. Good stuff!

Photo of Domvan
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LehighAce06
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EJJ1848
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of misternebbie
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Stillyman11 for this!
12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- A clear amber with a three finger off white head.

S- Pine, toasted malts, bread, a nice herbal quality, very nice balance.

T- Hint of toffee, toasted bready malts, some pine hops, herbal tea, pretty good balance, slightly hoppy for the style, but still very nice.

M- Smooth, medium body, nice carbonation, but a little more than I tend to like in English styles.

O- I really enjoy this beer and could easly drink a few of these in a day. This is a style I haven't had many of and I feel this fits the style well. I would love to get more of this!

Photo of ZAP
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Pour a bit charged up with a frothing big old head.

S-Definitely americanized with some pine and citrus on the aroma

T-Nice toeffeeish malt....nice flavor overall...nice balance which I did not expect from the aroma....toffee, and toasted malts might even edge out the hop presence which is more grassy on the taste than the pine and citrus on the nose.

F-Seems about right...not light in the shorts....

O-Nice drinking beer with an american twist....not a huge fan of the pine and citrus on the nose...would prefer it stay closer to style but that is just me......what it is is a tasty, well crafted ESB with character.

Photo of zeledonia
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 4 January 2015. Can poured into a snifter.

Pours a medium-dark coppery amber. Mostly clear, about 95%. About 1 finger of off-white head, a little yellowish. Pretty good retention, decent lacing.

Smell is a little bland. Herbal and grassy. A little bready, toasted. But overall, really smooth.

Taste is subtle but super smooth. Rich, with quite a lot of flavor in there. Characteristics are a lot like the smell. A little bready, a little herbal. Has a low-level bitterness like an APA. But it's not a thin bitterness; it's a full bitterness, like what you find in a DIPA, where it's balanced and smoothed out by the bulk and heft of the malts' sugars.

Feel is clean, mouth-filling, medium to medium-light body. Carbonation is medium-low. Lasts sorta long, but fades out right when I want it to.

Really good. Smooth, smooth, smooth, and well-balanced (just as it says on the can); flavorful. Yum. Super refreshing and clean. An outstanding ESB.

Photo of Stillyman11
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NathanMilesLund
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheFizzinator
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great american twist on and ESB

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14* ESB from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.