14* ESB - Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
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3.91/5 rDev +0.5%
Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Pint.
Appearance: Reddish-brown with decent cream colored head and nice lacing.
Smell: Caramel, cherry & other dark fruits, and spicy, floral hops. The nose is a little weak, but this is common for English style beers.
Taste: Toasted caramel, cherry & dark fruits, tea & biscuits - strong English backbone here. The finish is fairly hoppy and sharp, but of the spicy & floral variety.
Feel: Medium body with carbonation mostly in check. Fairly dry finish.
Overall: A very solid take on the ESB style, although there are some Brown Ale qualities mixed in as well. I bet this would be great on cask.
04-23-2014 12:18:45 | More by bsp77
4.16/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.
Smell: A toasty and somewhat spicy malt driven aroma with hints of biscuit and light fruit. Toasted malts with upfront hints of biscuit, grains, yeast, toasted bread, cracker, caramel, toffee, nuts, and some rye spicing. Backing presence of earthy and floral hops with some hints of grass. Also some subtle citrus fruit hints of orange and lemon. A pretty solid malty aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma, a nicely toasty and bready malt forward taste with notes of biscuit, rye, and light fruit. Upfront toasted malts with notes of biscuit, yeast, grains, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, crackers, nuts, and rye spicing. Decent backing presence of hops with some earthy and floral notes of grass. Light citrus fruit taste of orange and lemon. A nice toasty and spicy taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.
Overall: A very solid take on the ESB style. The rye like spice adds a nice kick to the malt.
02-12-2014 08:07:55 | More by MattyG85
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Nice aroma with both hops and malt evident.
Dark brown color.
Nice cream head, dissipates in a few minutes.
Hops are evident in the initial taste, but the malt taste is also there; a very good balance.
This is a well done interpretation of an English bitter.
Smooth and creamy feel. This beer has a more substantial body and mouth feel than does the Badger Hill Brewing MSB, and is not as hoppy as the Surly Bitter Brewer. In fact, this now supplants the Surly as my favorite Minnesota-brewed bitter, unless I am looking for having several on a hot summer afternoon ... the Surly's lower ABV is an advantage over the 14⁰ ESB when you want several.
08-01-2014 23:58:58 | More by MNAle
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
A-pours a clear golden brown color with a bit of a red hue nice fresh khaki head with small amounts of lacing looks good
S-toasted malts with some citrus some nutty smells also
T- roasted malts with a nutty bread taste finishes with a bit of pine and citrus very flavorfull
M- smooth and creamy on the palate but finishes with a dry citrus and pine hit
O- great brew was very fresh tasting nice flavor profile very easy to drink a few
01-27-2014 21:42:39 | More by gatornation
14* ESB from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.