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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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567 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | 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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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
Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

BFCarr, May 26, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

oline73, May 25, 2014
Photo of Dougwillhike
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

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

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

KenC, May 16, 2014
Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Triklino, May 03, 2014
Photo of delta490
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
Photo of Durandal_777
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of grimey68
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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

baconfromwalmart, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Saxboy10
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Saxboy10, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of jodybrutal
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

jodybrutal, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of victory4me
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

victory4me, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

calcnerd, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of ejmvet
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ejmvet, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of erialbill
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

erialbill, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Stobin
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Stobin, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

ThePaintedGrey, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

rolltide8425, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Drew88
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Drew88, Feb 15, 2014
Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.