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Extra Special Ale (ESA) - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

551 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

InebriatedJoker, Jul 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

NJBeer265, Jul 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jimpyle48, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

AGust82, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

JohnnyForeign, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

hansenm72, Jun 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

schnell, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

vamil95ce, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of stevoj
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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!

stevoj, May 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Chinaskifan1, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

BFCarr, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

oline73, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Dougwillhike, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

prdstmnky, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

kelvarnsen, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

KenC, May 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

MikeWard, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Triklino, May 03, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

delta490, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Durandal_777, Apr 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

grimey68, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

baconfromwalmart, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Saxboy10, Apr 23, 2014
Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.