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Test ESB - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pinkysup on 02-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Served from the bottle in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Finally getting to the other Tasting Room beer in this 12-pack. It pours a mostly clear brass-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mild wet grass, sweet biscuit, light white bread, and mild greenery. The taste brings in more of the same, the grass, flowers, and greens taking the lead and maintaining their privileged position throughout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice enough ESB, a bit on the tame side and nothing to write home about, but I think I'll generally enjoy the other two bottles I've got.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty and biscuit malts along with notes of fruity yeast and floral hops.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between an English Brown Ale and an Extra Special Bitter—you get the malts from the brown ale and the subtle hops and yeast from the ESB.

Photo of Chiefy770
3.75/5  rDev +3%

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
Best By date of 12/18/14 on bottle
Reviewed on October 28th, 2014
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Hazy copper body with a nice orange glow. Short, yet dense creamy white head collapsed and left a decent amount of soapy lacing throughout.

Sweet fruits. Spicy yeast. Floral hops. Overall smelled very sweet.

Light malts upfront. Notes of spiced yeast led to a pretty good hit of bitter floral hops. I wish the malts were as prominent on the taste buds as they were in the nose. Medium-bodied. Moderate-low carbonation.

Solid bitter. Nothing complex. As I mentioned before, I thought this one was a little too hop-heavy but that certainly did not make this a bad beer.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Lots of spotty white lacing.

S - Faint aromas of caramel malts and bready yeast.

T - Follows the aroma with sweet caramel malts upfront followed by some bready yeast. There is a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Mediu bodied with medium carbonation. Nice smooth mouthfeel.

O - This was a decent and enjoyable ESB. Nothing mind blowing just a solid brew.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured nice with a big head but it quickly dissipated and left no lace. some rising bubbles were seen through a light brown to auburn colored, perfectly clear beer.

Aroma and taste - malty with caramel malts and bready notes, some biscuit, and a bit more funk and wet dog than you might expect, and this IMO does take away a bit from my ideal ESB. Couldn't help but keep noticing the wet dog.

Body is light to medium with a slightly slick finish.

Overall it's not what I'd consider one of boulevard's better beers, but it's at least drinkable. There are enough excellent examples of this style that I've tried such that I don't think this beer rates much above "average" in any rating scheme.

Photo of alostplot
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

The color is a light amber with minimal off - white head.

The aroma has the malt presence of an ESB, but with happier spice.

The Flavor lacks the biscuit and bread flavor I love in ESBs. It is there, but seems to be too much kettle hops to let the flavor shine.

Medium bodied and not a bad beer, but closer to a regular bitter or a hoppy mild than an ESB.

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "Best by" date 9-11-14.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful, hazy, copper color with a good amount of carbonation and a two finger off-white head that eventually dissipated into a thin unbroken layer of bubbles that lasted throughout, there was some lacing present.

SMELL: sweet caramel, bread, subtle and not overpowering.

TASTE: the taste mostly follows the nose, sweet caramel and bread, then a nice hop profile that is not as sharp as an IPA but more assertive than a pale ale, the pleasant hop taste lingers in a good way, the alcohol 4.9% is completely imperceptible.

PALATE: this is a well carbonated beer with medium body.

OVERALL: I don't have this style of beer nearly as often as I should, IPA's are all the rage right now and this is an under appreciated style. I enjoyed this beer and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style. The low alcohol content means you can enjoy more than one.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Copper / orange body, mild haze, thin ringlet of off-white head. Aromas of fruity malt, a hint of spice, bready alcohol. Mild sweetness, pretty smooth on the palate, finishing with a delicate bitterness. Dry finish with lingering herbal tea notes. pretty good.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

esb very infrequently moves me as a style, and this one certainly doesnt, but its well made, and a nice addition to the boulevard mix packs. light amber in color, brassy, with some chill haze but no visible sediment. the head is pure white and fades out, but the beer is so well carbonated i can bring it back with a quick swirl. the nose and taste are very straightforward. maris otter type malt base, english and clean, and the hops too fit the bill, maybe holdings or fugues or magnum or all three. its like other esb i have had, suggesting its well within style guidelines, but its lacking any real distinctive element, not that it needs one. good bitterness in the finish and all the bubbles make it more refreshing than most, and the low abv makes it nice and sessionable. more robust hopping on it too, cuts grain sweetness down to a minimum level. i like it pretty well honestly, not sure it can hold my attention a real long time, but i appreciate the authentic american revival of some of these often overlooked english ales.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Sampled last Saturday on 10/4/14 with my good friend. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured in to a 'Boulevard" tulip glass.

Pours a pretty copper in color with a thick 1-finger+ creamy head that stays around for a while. A good amount of lacing was seen after each sip, almost rings actually. The aroma is of caramel malts and yeast. Pretty much the same is said for the taste followed up by a hoppy finish but didn't last long and wasn't really unpleasant like a IPA. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, it was just OK.

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Test ESB from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.