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English Style Special Ale - Sand Creek Brewing Company

English Style Special AleEnglish Style Special Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 10.83%


Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-18-2002)
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Reviews by DabblinWiscCraft:
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DabblinWiscCraft

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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy amber with about a half inch of off-white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves minimal cling. It has a nice nose, with roasted malts up front and less pronounced caramel sweetness and some hop zest following. The taste is much more hop-centric than I was expecting: There is some roasted malt flavor at the fore, but this is immediately superseded by herbal and pine hop flavor. The hop bitterness lingers for just a little while on the tongue, but this one finishes fairly clean. There's a little more effervescence than I'd like to this one, but the feel is pretty adequate overall.

I've enjoyed the last couple Sand Creek beers I've tried. While this one doesn't blow my mind, it has an interesting and enjoyable hop quality that I'm not accustomed to in this style. This beer goes down quite easily, and I could see it pairing well with a lot of foods. I'll come back to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 03:44:15 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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S=Caramel, caramel, caramel. The smell is one dimensional. It is great that it has some caramel notes, but... overpowering.

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English Style Special Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.