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Extra Special Ale (ESA) - Yards Brewing Co.

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Extra Special Ale (ESA)Extra Special Ale (ESA)

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BA SCORE
84
good

533 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our first ever and most beloved brew, ESA helped establish a following for cask-conditioned beer in the United States back in the ‘90s. East Kent Golding hops give this English style ale a subtle spiciness, which compliments its strong malt backbone. Hints of chocolate and caramel round out this deep chestnut colored ale. Floral, earthy, smooth.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 12-01-2001)
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Reviews by Romulus141:
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Romulus141

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, dark, golden brown. With an aggressive pour a half inch thick head will appear, but dissipates. A ring of foam remains around the edge, and lacing sticks to the edges of the glass. What's interesting is that in the pilsner, the bottom of the beverage appears to be lighter in color than the top, for a cool hue balancing effect. Quite nice.

Smell: Sweet smell, although there is some alcohol aromas there are still present. Not too much to intrude, but the alcohol smell is definitely there. The sweet aroma is faint.

Taste: Starts sweet with some earthy tastes, and is followed up with a bitter kick as it leaves to go down the throat. The aftertaste lingers a little longer than I would have liked. Some taste of alcohol is there too.

Mouthfeel: Some body, but not thick. Slick as it passes over the tongue, but nothing overly impressive. Nothing that stood out to me.

Drinkability: I could drink a number of these easily. However, they're not my favorite. I would probably reach for something else over this, mostly because of the bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 18:34:49 | More by Romulus141
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Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.