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ESB Special Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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ESB Special AleESB Special Ale

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-26-2003

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12oz can, from a King Soopers in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some spooky webbed tree branch lace around the glass as things lazily recede.

It smells of bready caramel malt, a touch of wet biscuity toffee, earthy, herbal, and leafy hops, a bit of somewhat sour orchard fruitiness, and a subtle metallic booziness. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, musty stewed apple and pear, a slightly buttered breadiness, and leafy, weedy, and mildly floral hops.

The bubbles are quite light and mostly just playfully frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, however that diacetyl character starts in on the clamminess after a spell. It finishes off-dry, and more generically fruity, than straight-up malty in its sweetness.

Not a bad brew, in taste or in presentation, but I'm not getting enough crisp, biscuity notes, or heightened noble hops, to take this one at its word. More of a typical (if still well-made) American-style amber ale - something I'd like in my corner when taking down a pile o' hot wings.

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ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.