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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

532 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-12-2012 01:14:47 | More by dugly2ugly
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

03-10-2012 16:44:10 | More by StaindProject86
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-09-2012 17:56:03 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards ESA is a Philly classic, one of the beers that got Philly on the map....The beer pours medium amber, topped with a modest white head. The head diminishes somewhat, yet retains throughout the entire pint. The aroma is perfectly malty, with some bready toastiness and some caramel notes. Tastes initially malty, toasted caramel with some biscuit notes - basically a classic bitter. A must have, especially in Philly. It is simply the beer that made Yards and Tom Kehoe famous.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:32:09 | More by Fcip78
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JasonONeill

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-03-2012 02:10:36 | More by JasonONeill
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ohcomeonthatsfunny


4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-01-2012 15:54:29 | More by ohcomeonthatsfunny
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-29-2012 01:07:10 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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cynical1027

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-22-2012 03:43:12 | More by cynical1027
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saxclar123

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-20-2012 00:53:12 | More by saxclar123
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sharpski

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-15-2012 22:07:53 | More by sharpski
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anoctopus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-15-2012 00:58:14 | More by anoctopus
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turdadactyl

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-07-2012 15:47:33 | More by turdadactyl
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-06-2012 04:09:49 | More by Chugs13
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larybrew

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-04-2012 23:00:31 | More by larybrew
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-30-2012 04:41:19 | More by slimntubbs
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InfernalPotato

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-29-2012 06:35:28 | More by InfernalPotato
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-27-2012 22:04:19 | More by Elfastball7
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +34.8%

01-21-2012 22:45:15 | More by mquinn919
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-17-2012 00:12:09 | More by Sparger
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Lang44

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-16-2012 19:34:48 | More by Lang44
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-13-2012 15:26:05 | More by Kaydogg
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DocJ87

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-13-2012 06:01:29 | More by DocJ87
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mattyrubes

New York

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-10-2012 01:38:22 | More by mattyrubes
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-09-2012 01:18:34 | More by acurtis
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-08-2012 23:08:07 | More by wertschy
Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.