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ESB Special Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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323 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | 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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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a fluffy 2 finger light beige head that dissipated moderately. Color of the beer is of copper orange. Leaves a nice splattered lacing.

Smells initially of bready malts. Then some hops come in to play.

Initial taste is similar to the smell. Bready malts hit the palate first followed by a slightly bitter floral/grassy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Slightly light to medium body with a slightly bitter bite to it. Carbonation is somewhat light, and it leaves my mouth dry for the most part while the back end of my tongue remains a bit sticky.

Easy to drink this beer, went down quicker than I expected. This beer is a sessionable one.

Serving type: can

07-25-2009 00:37:51 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An appreciable ESB, even if It is more or less an Americanized version of the style (think a slightly more biscuity and buttery APA with less sweetness and way less hop aroma). This beer is hop forward on the tongue but still balanced. The aroma is to style but a little faint. Color is thinner and lighter than a classic ESB but still a nice hue. The carbonation is nice and bright. I like the beer enough to enjoy it occasionally.

Serving type: can

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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Appearance - a sunset orange with no noticeable carbonation; a medium, foamy off-white head that leaves sticky rings of lacing.
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Taste - some bitterness from the hops up front, but pushed back by sweeter malts.
Feel - light body, with the bitterness from the hops becoming more prominent with each sip.
Overall - not my preferred style, but I like it enough and dig the fact that it is available in both bottles and cans!

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ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.