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English Style Special Ale - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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English Style Special AleEnglish Style Special Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

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is much more hop-centric than I was expecting: There is some roasted malt flavor at the fore, but this is immediately superseded by herbal and pine hop flavor.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.

03-02-2012 03:44:15 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-06-2014 23:23:49 | More by Turbo
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-21-2013 20:41:02 | More by valkyre65
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richkrull

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -21%

Picked this up in a mixed 12-pack because my wife is a big fan of Sand Creek Brewing.

Poured a brownish amber color with some beige head on it. Smell is caramel malt with some bread notes coming through. Taste is sweet caramel malt. Decent tasting beer, but not great. I wasn't a big fan of it. Tasted a bit off to me. Didn't go down very smooth, especially for a light bodied beer. It was OK but I wouldn't try it again.

04-15-2011 20:55:37 | More by richkrull
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Copper with beige foam.
The nose is of dry toffee and damp dead flowers.
Earthy beginning, touched with burnt caramel. It progresses towards peanut brittle, all full of nuts and toffee. Vacates towards the close, with only a nod of floral-tilted bitterness. Lingering vanilla-infuse tea afterwards.
Light-to-medium bodied, low carbonation. This seems a solid session ale at the intersection of a Brown Ale and Best Bitter. I like it. Subdued and attractive.

10-28-2004 18:45:11 | More by cokes
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dirtylou

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz single, Steve's-University...probably filler to get that 10% discount

appearance: pours a clear burnt copper, slight beige foam that dissipates and leaves some slight lacing - mostly around the rim

smell: pretty potent nuttiness, well toasted malts, sweet caramel, grassy english hops, sweet toffee, roasted peanut, apple, bready

taste: gently toasted malt, traced with sweet caramel covered apple...biscuit-esque, peanut, grassy english hops balance this one out nicely, slightly buttery, nutty. For an english brown, i'd venture to say this is pretty tasty

mouthfeel: low point, finishes a little dry, a little on the thin side

drinkability: pretty drinkable

02-28-2006 02:23:23 | More by dirtylou
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

Picked up in a sampler 6-pack in Hudson, WI.

Pours a nice, deep orange with white head that fades to nothing and doesn't leave lacing. The aroma is a very smooth caramel which is matched in the flavor by a roasted cocoa edge, sweet cream, and a touch of grassy hops. A nice and very sessionable beer, just make sure to let it warm up.

01-02-2008 03:33:57 | More by tempest
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-09-2013 21:48:17 | More by jheezee
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bashiba

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev +2%

Poured a hazy dark red color with amber highlights. Had a nice light tan head that quickly disappaited into a thin soap ring.

Smell had a nice bit of nuts, buiscuity malt, and sweet grain.

Flavor was sweet and malty with a bit of nuttiness, toasted malts and grains coming through nicely. Very light in the hops department.

Mouthfeel has a light body with a decent bit of carbonation, a bit thin.

An easy to drink light malty beer, I could see this being a good starter beer with its sweet nutty flavor.

04-14-2007 01:45:41 | More by bashiba
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Pure amber, retaining tan head; bready and toasted malt aroma. Sweet, astringent hops coupled with a more sweet malty based overtone. Medium bodied, yet a bit young in flavorings; sweet nuts and toffee, some caramel to be noted. Somewhat thin and lacking in body, ehhh.

03-14-2005 15:27:14 | More by GeoffRizzo
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morimech

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a dark amber with two inches of tan head that has good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass surface.

Has a roasted malt aroma with some grassy hops in the background.

Rather non complex flavor. Roasted malt flavor is about all I get. Bitterness is low and it comes from the malt.

Light body with low carbonation. Has a nice creamy texture that I like in darker beers.

Rather simple beer but it tastes good and has a low ABV of 5.5%. I could see myself drinking a few of these.

10-06-2008 22:15:34 | More by morimech
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-20-2013 03:10:27 | More by Kunstman
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Jredner

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Sweet marzipan-like smell reminds me of candied cake bread. No head at all atob the dark amber body. No lacing either. Sweet, malty, nutty taste in the fore. Strangely there is more alcohol in the tatse than I would have anticipated, but it doesn’t detract from the flavor (which is good because it isn't that flavorful) because sweet malts seem to handle that just fine I just didn't expect to taste much alcohol fromt his style.

03-09-2006 20:17:07 | More by Jredner
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. No date.

A - Candy-apple caramel red color that's dulled a bit by both chill haze (very possible) and teeny bits of sediment. The head retention is low. After a mere moments the creamy tan head went down to a rind. Acceptable due to low carbonation.

S - A rambunctious pour releases toasty bread aromas with toffee and caramel followed by dry wheat and wet grass. Rich malty caramel backbone with a moderate hop presence in the end. The light pine and grassy hop aroma fades with the dead and is overshadowed by malt.

T - Grassy and light pine from the hops flood the mouth instantly followed by a caramel and toasted malts that round out the body. The problem with the beer I see is a slight astringency on the finish that's a bit mouth-puckering.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, it has a light bitter after taste from the hops but a bit more so from the astringency.

D - I'm not sure if it's just a bad bottle, but I see real potential in this beer. I'd love to get another fresh bottle from a different location and see how it is. It has the possibility of greatness.

08-07-2009 00:33:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

02-02-2013 19:34:24 | More by CWhite
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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-07-2012 03:47:46 | More by Stoffel
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Dovers

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -13.8%

08-04-2014 17:21:57 | More by Dovers
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marc77

California

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%

Lightly hazed copper. Lean, light tan collar yields sparse lace. Woody hop along with hints of sweet biscuit upfront in aroma. Bubblegum ester and phenol hints. Tame, yet slightly rough aromawise. In flavor, incipient is a burnt caramel sweetness, which yields to mellower notes of toffee and butterscotch. Moderate bitterness and a spicy, almost sandalwood like hop presence arises mid palate. Seems thin at first, but becomes appreciably more viscous as it warms. Suitably low in carbonation. Hints of roasted praline surface late. Finishes lightly buttery, also with lingering woody, barky hop hints. A unique brew intermediate in character between an ESB and brown. A touch rough, but not glaringly so. Respectable.

11-08-2004 09:17:55 | More by marc77
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

I've updated my review because I had another one and I don't agree with my original review. Must have had a bad taste in my mouth or something...

Pours a reddish brown with a light tan head

I'm not smelling a whole lot here, just some faint malts.

Nice malts and some bitterness at the end.

A decent session Brown Ale.

02-05-2009 01:57:18 | More by FLBeerGuy
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%

Smells sweet and malty, a bit of bitterscotch, some hallertau hops. Pours into a pint to a nice deep bronze with a thin tan head that soon departs. Taste is classic brown ale, sweet up front, with a bitter background off the bat, roasted malts with brown sugar and bitters coming in the end. Finish is surprisingly dry and a little thin. Not really pelted wih robust malt like I would expect. Mouthfeel is a little more fizzy than expected for a brew of this style, maybe a little too much carbonation. Tasty but I've had better macro browns. With the dryer and thinner finish, its highly drinkable.

01-17-2009 18:05:45 | More by mooseisloose
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%

Hazy murky light brown color, not much head, other than a film. Nice chocolate malt in the nose, sweet smelling. The chocolate pretty much dominates the nose, but shares some of the top billing with hops in the flavor, makes for a vvery well rounded beer. Well carbonated, good for the style. Impressive compared to their golden ale.

08-07-2005 03:33:27 | More by TastyTaste
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Rick778

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

08-06-2013 00:09:58 | More by Rick778
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +15.2%

A=Darker side of copper, with tawny head. Could probably be described as a brown ale, which I see is how BA describes it. I was expecting it to be an ESB. If there is a tweener category from an appearance perspective only, this would be it.

S=Caramel, caramel, caramel. The smell is one dimensional. It is great that it has some caramel notes, but... overpowering.

Taste= Consistant with the smell, I get a lot of sweet caramel up front. It sticks around almost long enough to be cloying, but gets rescued by a dry finish that might be attributed to the use of roasted grains. My very first swallow, and that swallow only, I was able to detect what I thought was a citrusy, tangerine-like hop.When I looked for it in the second swallow, all I could find was a metallic taste. However, by the third swallow, I wasn't perceiving that anymore, either.

M& Overall Drinkability= It seemed like it had less carbonation than an American ale. This added to drinkabilty. Body seemed slightly thin, but this enhanced drinkability.

12-14-2013 04:12:19 | More by pweis909
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly to thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Woody/hoppy flavor, balanced but hoppy finish. 12 oz bottle part of mixed 6-pak for $7.99 from Friar Tuck's Peoria, Il.

02-14-2007 01:06:32 | More by jdhilt
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

looks like a glass of cloudy ice tea. two finger head that held for a bit and a nice lingering lace that stuck to the glass. aromas of tea and toffee candy come to mind. very sweet taste with a nutty toffee and brwon sugar mix a little to sweet for my liking not as subtle as your english import. mouthfeel and carbonation is ok drinkability is ok just a tat sweet.

01-24-2009 00:39:20 | More by billybob
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English Style Special Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.