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Extra Special Bitter - Back Street Brewery

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Ratings: 7
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: n/a
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Back Street Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: IntriqKen on 07-15-2006

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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by SwillinBrew:
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4.3/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn, i wish i started drinking this one sooner. Pours a coppery earthy color with ice-t colored hues and egg white bubbly head. Scents were french toast, french bread with sweet molasses.

The taste was right on. Just a subtle assault of up front caramel and toffee with a touch of fresh baked baguette then finishing with more sweet baked malt... what a nice balance.

This ESB is more to the American side with a medium palate and a little forward and bold. Damn good. I'll be getting growlers of this one.

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4.46/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having had several times in the pub, this review is based on a pour at home from a growler I bought today.
Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a full 2 finger head of thick craggy off-white colored foam that melts to very sticky lacing lasting and lasting to the end of the glass.
Aroma is rich with cascade <?> hops...bright and green and a little sweet malt following it.
Taste is Lightly sweet malt followed by green piney hops that finish to a citrus peel bitterness.
Aftertaste is drying and a combination of sweet and bitter.
Mouthfeel is rich and full for the style.
This may be a more american version of an ESB, but it is so rare to find an ESB well done that the American hop addition giving it a slightly Pacific NW feel just adds to the thirst quenching qualities of this brew.
VERY drinkable session brew.

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Back Street (Irvine)

A: The pour is a nice light copper color with a mild off-white head.

S: The aroma is somewhat light, but what is there is pretty enjoyable. Hints of toffee and bread with a light grassy hop aroma.

T: Fairly heavy on the bread with a light sweetness in the form of toffee. There's a slight creaminess to this beer that was sort of surprising, but also enjoyable. A very moderate level of bitterness.

M: The body is a bit on the heavy side for an ESB, but still good. Medium carbonation to go with it.

D: Like most US drinkers, I prefer my ESBs more on the bitter side, but this was still pretty good.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I work next door, so I came here on my break and grabbed I pint of this. On to the beer:

Partially pale orange with amber hues in appearance, little lacing is left on the glass as the beer is consumed. In flavor, this ESB has a HUGE diacetyl (butterscotch) taste. There's some caramel with a mild hoppiness towards the back of the palate, but it's pretty much a diacetyl smackdown.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a proper amber orange hue topped with an instantly vanishing ivory froth. Light aroma but some detectable orange and bready malt. Flavor toes the line with amber red ale aspects that walks the razor sharp edge of ESB-dom with a little hop angle.

Needs a tad bit more biscuit malt backing to firm up the slightly over hopped ESB. Drinkability is quite easy and tasty overall.

Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good ESB, actually!

Pours a burnt orange-ish color. Smells like earthy, slightly piney hops with a bit of roasted malt.

Tastes like roasted malt/toffee with some caramel and that earthy, bittering hoppy finish.

ESBs aren't normally my cup of tea, but I quite enjoyed this. Nice lively mouthfeel.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev n/a

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