Extra Special Ale (ESA) - Yards Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
A - Deep golden hue. On draught it would be clearer and lighter, probably also carry more head. Darker than Pilsner Urquell, but much lighter than most Pale Ales.
A - Some malts, kinda fruity and vegetal. It reminds me more of a flower than what you think of when you imagine flowers. Definitely not bright and juicy, like American Pale Ales.
T - Buttered bread and a little honey, some sturdy hops. This is remarkably balanced and refreshing. The hops add some depth, but they're not harsh. There's a refined character about this beer. Then.... the finish. Wow, funky. Maybe it's this batch. Maybe it's something that goes unnoticed when this beer is chilled. But damn, there's something fierce that sneaks up in this batch. Ya know how athletes chew food for the taste, then spit it out? That's how I felt with this one.
M - It's no shrimp. Considering the ABV, this beer is substantial. But the malts are staight forward, so the beer is actually refreshing.
O - It was never gonna be stellar; however, this beer lost its opportunity to be my go-to-beer with the lousy finish. I'll try it again, but I suspect the bittering hops had a lot to do with that fresh-cut-lawn taste. gag.
04-14-2012 04:59:42 | More by MONKandTUCK
2/5 rDev -46.1%
Nice garnet color with perfect clarity and a tall peach colored head. Slightly roasted malt on the nose with underlying earthy hops and dark fruit. Kind of complex nose, not over bearing but lots of scents. Bread crusts, toast with jam, buttered biscuit, smells like an english tea house.
Burnt slightly bitter malt up front. Body's on the lighter side, lots of carbonation. Tastes of biscuits covered in very jammy jelly on the mid palate. Finishes extremely dry but leaves a deep fruit after taste. The fruit presence is by no means big but in my personal opinion too big for the style. The bitterness employed primarily by the roasted malt though is very nice. Unfortunately the fruit aspects of this beer do not play well with the earthy hop finish or burnt malt presence. If it was gone I'd love this beer. Oh well.
Clean and dry, just that damn overbearing fruit.
04-04-2012 01:47:35 | More by jtierney89
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
The brew pours a dark amber/brown color with a one finger khaki colored head which is retained in some form until the end. The is light lacing which also remains in the glass until the end. Good carbonation.
The smell is malty with carmel, light hay or grassy smell. Light floral hop smell too.
The mouthfeel if full, bready and a little chewy. Hop oils also coat the tongue.
The taste starts with malt, then a grassy, wet hay type of taste, which is not unpleasant. Then some carmel light toasted malt, bread the light orange tasting hops.
Overall, this is fairly well balanced. Yards claims this is their first ale and it is a good start.
03-29-2012 00:13:56 | More by microbrewlover
4.08/5 rDev +10%
Out of a firkin, at (The Bottle Shop) @ Local 44, in a glass.
Extra Special Ale came to me looking real nice out of the firkin. The color is a bold brown with light golden hues towards the sides up to the light. Rising bubbles with a off white dense head that stuck around. Smell is on the malty side with caramel and some faint pale malt. This fresh version brings out nice earthy hoppy appeal with some citrus. I've never had this as fresh before and it shows. Taste hits the spot, refreshing with a mix of malt a apparent English yeast strain, some nutty appeal and some earthy hops towards the end. It all melds nicely leaving me sipping more. Feel is mediumish with some bright bubbles felt on the tounge. After all the hubbub, the aftertaste is earthy and fresh and nice. I was pleasantly surprised in this one. A beer I always thought was sub par actually has class, it all depends on the serving type and freshness. Bottles of this would be a no go for me, as they degrade quickly.
03-20-2012 06:12:17 | More by BARFLYB
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
03-07-2012 03:32:09 | More by Fcip78
Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
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