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Extra Special Ale (ESA) - Yards Brewing Co.

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

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BA SCORE
84
good

501 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 501
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%


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 alehopman:
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alehopman

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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewery. Poured slightly darker than the average pale ale with an initial large head that settled nicely to one finger. Stuck to the glass on the way down.

Aroma is of English hops, classic Fuggles/Goldings combo and a good showing of malt as well.

This has a great flavor of English malt (this brewery seems to like malt from the great island) that reminds me of a great best/premium bitter. A slight burnt caramel element is present. The brewery has a direct gas fired brew kettle and this is the likely origin of that flavor. And in keeping with that a wonderful restrained hop presence at the start with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

There aren't enough o's in smooth to describe the mouthfeel.

Drinkability...what can I say other than I would have this as a steady sessioner. Oh yeah...

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2006 00:01:44 | More by alehopman
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Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.