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ESB Special Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

ESB Special AleESB Special Ale

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%


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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nc41

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge ESB fan but I like SKA products and it was worth a try. I hate breaking it down to the Nth degree, but this is a very solid English style ESB. Looks pretty good, malty nose more so than hops, nicely bitter without stepping up and out of class with the hops. Very drinkable at a sane ABV level, and enjoyable at gatherings where you don't want a mouth slam of hops, and perhaps have to drive and have 3-4 safely. This would make a great beach pool brew IMO. Not being an ESB man I wasn't sure how to rate it at much above average in any category, but I don't believe even beer snobs could really low rate this brew. My preference is for more hops so my prejudice probably shows, perhaps unfairly.

Serving type: can

12-26-2009 14:30:45 | More by nc41
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Appearance - a sunset orange with no noticeable carbonation; a medium, foamy off-white head that leaves sticky rings of lacing.
Smell - sweet malts, a shadow of an earthy hop nose.
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.
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ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
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