Extra Special Ale (ESA) - Yards Brewing Co.
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Reviews by alehopman:
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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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 501 ratings.