Extra Special Ale (ESA) - Yards Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 497 | Reviews: 258 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by NiceGuyMike:
3.98/5 rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
This ale pours a dark amber with small head (about a fingers worth) and little lacing. Peering at it though sunlight shows some bubbles dancing their way up. Smells of malts and a lot of malts with a touch of caramel. This tastes of bitter malted caramel. Vert light phenols and fruity esters are present. This is a meaty brew; full bodied and luscious, one of the best in my opinion. Carbonation that was not very visible reveal themselves while sipping; nice. I'm not overly anxious to finish or get another, but it is something to savor.
This reminds me of Samual Smith's Organic Ale. Not a fav. This is very drinkable and enjoyable. If this had less alcohol it would be a nice session beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2006 23:18:58 | More by NiceGuyMike
More User Reviews:
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.