Extra Special Ale (ESA) - Yards Brewing Co.
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Reviews by AaronHomoya:
3.45/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Kinda small, off-white head along with fairly high carbonation. Dark amber in color and slightly cloudy. Good head retention.
Yeasty, fruity aroma with caramel malt and spicy hop smells as well.
The flavor is fruity with spicy hops, followed by a roasty malt and a hoppy finish. The finish is slightly dry.
Medium body with a light, dry finish. Refreshing with a lingering hop bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2007 22:56:11 | More by AaronHomoya
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3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Reviewing from notes.
A: Pours a dark copper with a small light khaki colored head. Head retention is weak. Head fades down to a small ring of bubbles along the edges. Some semblances of lacing left behind.
S: Some caramel malts with a fair amount of grain and breadiness. Light hint of herbal hops. Maybe a little bit of dark fruit underneath, but there was too many aromas present in the room to decipher specifics.
T: Similar to the taste. Caramel malt, slightly burnt, balanced nicely by hop bitterness. Bitterness is confined nicely, as to appeal to those not into full-on hop assaults. Some nice bready, yeasty flavors paired with light hops in the finish.
M: Very solid medium body with good carbonation. Crisp, but smooth on the palate and drinks easy. Goes down great and doesn't fill you up too much.
O: Not a world-class brew, but a damn good offering from fellow Philly locals. This one would truly shine in a bar setting, or even at a dinner table. On its own, there's better choices, but this definitely isn't disappointing. Worth a shot.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 02:11:22 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.