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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

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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 marc77:
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marc77

California

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-27-2014 19:01:33 | More by darrickw
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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:12:19 | More by pweis909
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-13-2013 01:44:40 | More by XmnwildX12
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New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-10-2013 01:29:43 | More by Vivs85
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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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California

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Gavage

New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a reddish brown color with a 1" head that falls quickly.

Smell: light caramel and toffee aromas are all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, ripe fruit sweetness, mild hop bitterness, and a hint of nuttiness create a mild flavored ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, less crisp and a bit smooth at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: very easy to drink this beer, and despite the milder profile it is nicely satisfying if you are looking on a less hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

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New Hampshire

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English Style Special Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.