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Extra Special Ale (ESA) - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

578 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 45 | 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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Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.