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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

533 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 533
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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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-26-2014 02:28:32 | More by DerekP
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Noelito76

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-24-2014 03:34:03 | More by Noelito76
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jjboesen

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-23-2014 18:05:33 | More by jjboesen
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-19-2014 02:21:52 | More by Lehighace06
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-13-2014 18:14:44 | More by Travcofarms
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Kgrubb1224

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-11-2014 00:39:20 | More by Kgrubb1224
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tygry

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-05-2014 21:07:28 | More by tygry
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drbenderdo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-03-2014 17:34:08 | More by drbenderdo
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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-02-2014 21:39:49 | More by mdfb79
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fredmugs

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

01-02-2014 00:02:39 | More by fredmugs
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.1%

01-01-2014 22:52:17 | More by TheBigBoy
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DougAppleby

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

12-28-2013 03:22:12 | More by DougAppleby
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-15-2013 18:25:05 | More by BillRoth
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mdube0378

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-13-2013 18:28:23 | More by mdube0378
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NatsnSkinsDC

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-13-2013 01:43:05 | More by NatsnSkinsDC
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tweezer159

Alabama

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-04-2013 15:42:39 | More by tweezer159
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this from the bottle, enjoyed chilled in a teku purchased from Giant Beer Garden & eatery

The color is walnut brown with translucent clarity and thick beige head with average bead and lace. The smell is toasted grain with mild yeast esters bringing a slight creamy sweet aroma. The feel is good with moderately high carbonation mild roasted texture and creamy semi-dry finish with mild sweetness in general.

The flavor has a subtle toffee and toasted malt presence with yeast bringing out a woody hop flavor near the middle with a slight alcohol warmth in the taste with slight spice and creamy caramel. Overall not a bad beer, pretty malty example of the style and on the high end of the alcohol for and ESB, but pretty tasty I would enjoy this on draft if offered.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 14:53:39 | More by Slatetank
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ChuckAmok

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-29-2013 20:43:12 | More by ChuckAmok
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-24-2013 16:28:00 | More by orangesol
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GNH3

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-17-2013 00:21:21 | More by GNH3
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52P48

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-13-2013 18:53:54 | More by 52P48
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FatBoyGotSwagger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-12-2013 01:07:45 | More by FatBoyGotSwagger
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Dix90

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Bubbly white head with little to no lacing.

Aroma: Spiciness and caramel malts up front followed by earthy tones. Sweetness kicks in then the slight burn of alcohol in the back of the nostrils.

Taste: The taste follows the nose with spicy hops, sweet maltiness and a toasty roastiness. Taste sits happily on the tongue with a bitter warmness.

Mouthfeel: full feel that swishes pleasantly. Sits nicely on the whole mouth.

Overall: very enjoyable, as part of the yards variety pack I enjoy it as often as all the others in the pack (except the brawler). A good but not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 22:55:56 | More by Dix90
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chicagoish

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

11-08-2013 23:48:13 | More by chicagoish
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StevenH

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-28-2013 22:10:04 | More by StevenH
Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.