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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

543 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | 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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vamil95ce

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-01-2014 02:10:37 | More by vamil95ce
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stevoj

Germany

3.56/5  rDev -4%

Cask offering at O’Neal’s Pub. The cask variety adds an element of sourness to the normally bitter nature of this beer. Nice woody, dried fruit aroma, more dried fruit in the taste. This is more of a sipper, bringing to mind dubbels and sours. Nicely done!

05-30-2014 12:48:18 | More by stevoj
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Chinaskifan1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-26-2014 13:09:54 | More by Chinaskifan1
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BFCarr

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-25-2014 23:00:26 | More by BFCarr
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-25-2014 01:52:50 | More by oline73
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-24-2014 22:36:11 | More by Dougwillhike
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prdstmnky

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-21-2014 19:02:08 | More by prdstmnky
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-18-2014 03:16:58 | More by kelvarnsen
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KenC

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-16-2014 01:29:45 | More by KenC
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-06-2014 13:49:34 | More by MikeWard
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Triklino

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-03-2014 01:07:35 | More by Triklino
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delta490

Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a deep, rich, clear brown. Like nice, handmade antique furniture brown. Has a good cap of creamy off-white head that just sits there throughout and provides a lot of sticky lacing. The aroma is dark bread malt and dark fruit sweetness. The taste starts with the malt sweetness and transitions into the nice hops bitterness. There's a great weight to the body and a silky mouthfeel. This is a great ESB.

05-01-2014 21:41:01 | More by delta490
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-30-2014 17:33:28 | More by Durandal_777
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Belittle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-29-2014 16:11:46 | More by Belittle
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grimey68

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-26-2014 12:24:41 | More by grimey68
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baconfromwalmart

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-26-2014 03:29:45 | More by baconfromwalmart
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Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-23-2014 15:39:15 | More by Saxboy10
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jodybrutal

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

04-16-2014 15:18:38 | More by jodybrutal
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-07-2014 22:34:46 | More by victory4me
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-27-2014 02:57:53 | More by calcnerd
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ejmvet

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-22-2014 15:17:28 | More by ejmvet
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-11-2014 02:40:34 | More by erialbill
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Stobin

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-02-2014 05:54:29 | More by Stobin
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

02-25-2014 02:11:22 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-15-2014 22:20:10 | More by rolltide8425
Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.