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ESB Special Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-26-2003)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Full notes taken to my phone at Morefield Campground, Mesa Verde National Park, CO.

A- The second ever canned microbrew is poured into a goblet with a fairly clear golden orange body. A frothy white head builds on the beer to a finger. Head retention is decent and a foamy ring stays behind. Lacing is a mix of spots and streaks.

S- Malty overall but the hop presence certainly makes itself known. Toasted, toffee and light caramel malts. Hops lend herbal, grassy and spicy qualities.

T- Lacks the sweetness I find in many ESBs but still packs malt flavors of caramel, toasted nuts, toffee, sweets and cereal. Notes of light fruits, slight raisin and bread throughout. Hops on the back end bringing grassy, spicy and earthy notes. Overall balanced between all of the above with each aspect taking precedence at times.

MF- Fairly light end bodied with a moderately high carbonation. The overall texture is creamy, just a bit chewy and foamy. Finishes with medium bitterness.

Malty but plenty of hops to balance it and at times the hops take over. A nice interpretation of the style with ample malt flavor lacking an overriding sweetness.

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ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.