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ESB Special Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

ESB Special AleESB Special Ale

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308 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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wmtxbb

Illinois

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

Can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: light level of lacing on top of a caramel colored brew. Nothing amazing.

Smell: Crunchy amber malts, sweet malts, light phenols and floral hop aroma.

Taste: Aggressive bitterness up front, followed by a caramel fruity malt flavor, the floral hops, biscuit, and a lemon zing. Interesting combination: the bitter character is stronger that usual for the style, but it suits this particular beer.

Drinkable, but not something I'm going to search for in the future, not because this beer is off-putting, but because ESBs are not a beer I typically enjoy. This particular ESB is moderately above average for an ESB; while it fits the style, it doesn't offer any new take and it doesn't distinguish itself from the others.

Serving type: can

03-25-2011 21:31:04 | More by wmtxbb
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blue-dream

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%

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DenverHopHead

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3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can with a best by date of 7/12/14; into a tumbler.
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.
Overall - not my preferred style, but I like it enough and dig the fact that it is available in both bottles and cans!

Serving type: can

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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App: Pours a typical amber orange with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving good lacing. Retention is for the birds, almost completely gone in less than a minute. Some flakes floating around. Not a good a sign, but could be a natural result of can conditioning. Well within BB date.

Smell: Light toasted smell, with a slight cheesey characteristic. Some odd fruit notes like pinapple.

Taste: Mildly sweet and bitter simultaneously with a fair amount of diacetyl butteriness. Tastes a little raw, as though it wasn't fermented long enough before canning. A little astringent, metalic and off tasting on the back end.

Mouth: Thin and a little under carbonated. Swallows dry, but leaves a lingering astringency on the tongue.

Serving type: can

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ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.