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Extra Special Bitter - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mark on 10-10-2005)
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Reviews by Weisseguy1:
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

05-25-2014 20:40:31 | More by Weisseguy1
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North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours into an imperial nonic a dull orange infused lighter golden with a thin minimal head atop.Big fruity English malts in the nose and quite yeasty as well,not much hop presence at all to be had.Mild bready flavors and alot of fruitiness with some green apple notes standing out,it actually gets quite sweet,again not much hop presence.I see where Moylan's was going with this beer but it's to sweet and fruity even for the style in my opinion.

02-24-2014 21:31:42 | More by oberon
Photo of MrKennedy


2.08/5  rDev -38.6%

Bomber courtesy of a Beermasons subscription, poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Listed as 5.0% ABV.

A gusher, pouring with a large 4 finger head of small-bubbled, off-white foam. Has a light-copper/golden colour which is lighter than expected.

Smell initially is of green apples and pear, i was thinking it was underfermented with the gushing and these aromas. Later on there is a little bit of malt, but not overly nice smelling, along with some orange zest.

Taste is slightly citric acidy, mixed with some malt, but not enough.

Mouthfeel is slightly acidic and finishes a touch cloying, a very odd mix.

Can't think of an area where this beer goes better than average, am thinking it is underfermented. Maybe this was a bad bottle, quite possibly as most of the Moylan's stuff i've come across is decent or better. Given this, however, i won't be buying another to see whether or not this is the case.

10-09-2011 10:59:46 | More by MrKennedy
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3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Tasted on a nitro tap and I believe my score was 1.98. Now tasting it again 1 year and a week later, from the bottle.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a short lived white head. Decent looking.

Nose is sweet "light chocolate malt" and esters. A bit sweet in the nose but appealing and inviting.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, well balanced and nicely carbonated. It is fresh and also inviting.

Flavor profile from the bottle was far superior to my experience from a nitro tap. Flavors are light chocolate toast and malt. Well integrated and almost elegant in nature. Do not hit you over the head but extremely drinkable. Nice bitter back palate.

Finish is a nice bitter toast. I enjoyed this relatively light beer with an elegant and inviting toasty ESB character. Could be a bit more assertive for me but the nose, mouthfeel, flavors and finish are all around nice, appealing and drinkable.

12-18-2012 01:22:40 | More by GRG1313
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3.05/5  rDev -10%

Medium copper in color with a big creamy white head, about a finger and a half.

Slightly bitter, with more sweet malts and some touches of citrus fruits.

Fairly sweet and malty, moving to a bit of citrus, followed by a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

Creamy feel, upper-light in body, slightly dry and crisp.

Decent drinkability.

While it's not bad, it's fairly under-whelming and I think I'd like it more if it weren't on nitro...

11-15-2010 00:14:41 | More by EgadBananas
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-28-2013 01:07:42 | More by largadeer
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2.35/5  rDev -30.7%

Bomber with thanks to Beermasons.

Orange amber with the barest haze. Light and fluffy two-finger head departs rapidly without leaving a trace.

Nose is moderately sweet and almost cidery, with apple and a sweaty aroma which is decidedly like urine. Blegh. Somewhat saved by some candied orange and some light caramel malt character.

More insipid cidery piss blended with citrus pith. The latter leads it toward a bizarre tart, chalky, and metallic finish.

Did not gel with me at all. Not that experienced with the style, but this does not belong in the same breath as ESBs like Fullers or Hargreaves Hill.

11-05-2011 05:14:58 | More by spicelab
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4.22/5  rDev +24.5%

I had this on tap at the brewpub in Novato, CA. It’s served as a nitro tap. It poured bright copper very clear with a light off white head. There wasn’t much in the nose, possibly because it was served just a touch cold. Light caramel and toffee with a little orange. Maybe a little bit of date. Flavor is rich caramel and toffee, light bitterness carries throughout in the form of a tangy orange. Light and slightly slick mouth feel. Excellent ESB. Not enough brewers deliver on this style. This would be an excellent session beer.

04-06-2006 13:26:01 | More by carln26
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-11-2013 16:03:48 | More by danwho
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3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

Moylan's Special Bitter
On nitro at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: honey, medium head, and a lot of lacing.

Smell: fruity and hops.

Taste: barley, hops, and faint citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: light and silky smooth.

Its very light, but the flavors a good and well balanced. It is watery in feel, but not taste.

11-19-2010 00:01:16 | More by megahurts4
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3.83/5  rDev +13%

A: A slightly hazy gold color with a finger's width white head.

S: Herbal hop, toasted malt, a slight citrus fruit aroma.

T: A nice mix of toasted malt and herbal hop. There's a slight citrus fruitiness in the finish along with a faint mellow smoke flavor.

M: Light in body with a good level of carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable.

O: Overall a solid ESB. Good flavors and goes down easy.

02-24-2012 20:03:09 | More by Kromes
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4.22/5  rDev +24.5%

Tried this offering at the Moylans pub. Poured a medium amber with a white head that lasted pretty long. lacing was in clumps and scattered about the glass. Nice aroma of malt with some slight hopping, kind of reminded me a bit of some offerings I've had in the U.K. Nice malt based tase profile with some long lingering hop finish. Not quite as smooth as most U.K. ESB's but very nice. Mouthfeel is just right and it's nice and drinkable. I had two. Went well with my salami pizza, which was excellent as well by the way. Go Moylan's.

10-10-2005 01:02:17 | More by Mark
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2.94/5  rDev -13.3%

Pours a light copper color with a creamy white head . Good clarity and laces the glass expertly. Smells lightly malty, butterscotch and toffee. In the flavor, more buttery toffee, old timely bitters, not a ton of hops, in fact they are almost absent. Malt, toast, and a flat finish. Watery. Overall, the smooth creamy feel and appearance aren't enough here, weak.

05-22-2014 23:51:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-26-2012 23:58:41 | More by avaldivia
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3.9/5  rDev +15%

On-tap at the brewery. Pint. Reviewed from notes.

A: Light amber colored liquid with a finger of dense cream colored foam on top. Great film retention; rings of thick lace.
S: Light straw nose, peaches, cracked grains and apricot come through on the nose.
T: Sweet and clean taste. More caramel than the nose suggested but there’s still a dominating cracked grain taste. Malt and light with hints of hoppy fruits and pineapple. Clean crackery malt.
M: Medium-light body, light and smooth carbonation, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Lightly drying.
O: A very nice drinking beer that one could indulge in for hours.

12-02-2012 00:53:51 | More by scottfrie
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

09-12-2012 21:21:05 | More by BeerHunter76
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

10-18-2012 20:55:30 | More by ShakaShakaShaka
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-11-2012 23:26:07 | More by kjkinsey
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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

06-22-2012 20:51:53 | More by gleemonger
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3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

On nitro tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a dense foamy off-white head that lasts. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus, and some perfume-like hop aromas. Taste is of malt, earthy hops, and some herbal flavors. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average ESB with a better smell than taste.

04-22-2012 06:30:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-21-2013 19:48:42 | More by AgentMunky
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-28-2011 04:54:00 | More by jenray
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3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

Served on-tap in a nonic pint at The Regal Beagle (San Diego, CA). Reviewed from notes.

A: Chestnut brown with short cap of off-white head. The head hangs around and leaves a few lace scraps.

S: The C-type hoppiness is evident with a subdued soft caramel maltiness with a fair amount of yeast esters.

T: The flavor is also hops-heavy for the style but still reasonably balanced. The English malt character with some caramel and leathery dark malts poke through but are overshadowed by the citrus and floral hoppiness.

M: The carbonation is even which leaves a fairly light-medium body with a smooth feel.

O: A West Coast ESB so to speak -- a big dose of citrus hops layered on caramel and medium-dark malt. Not a bad beer at all and it went well with the pork sausage with onions and peppers.

06-10-2012 00:48:24 | More by argock
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a orange copper hue which leaves a two finger fast vanishing head and little lacing,the smell is boiled candy and citrusy hops,the mouthfeel is just over lightbodied and easy going with tastes of orange rind,lemon zest,fruity candy and finished with a touch of toffee and tangerine bittersweetness and overall its alright and glad ive tried but wouldnt go out of my way for it again.

09-17-2011 05:38:37 | More by ADZA
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-01-2014 04:08:54 | More by Texasfan549
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Extra Special Bitter from Moylan's Brewery
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