Extra Special Ale (ESA) - Yards Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MaineBeerMan:
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Murky dark amber color with a nice big head of off white foam. Head dissipates to a thin layer and leaves some nice lace.
Spicy hop aroma with a bit of caramel and some earthy (yeast?) notes.
Tasty sweet breadlike malt arrives first with some hints of chocolate, then the hops take over with a bitter blast on the back of the tongue that fades slowly on a rather long finish.Nice and smooth on the tongue with a medium carbonation.
This is a nice ESB, I would drink it again given the chance, I think it may be a bit underrated on the site.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2002 17:28:03 | More by MaineBeerMan
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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.