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ESB Special Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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ESB Special AleESB Special Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

347 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Schmoog, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

ChainChompsky, Jan 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

cbcrunch, Jan 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

Fireslayer, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

LightnerLiquorKS, Dec 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

lilsmizzul1225, Dec 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

BMart, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of ZoomanCru
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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.

ZoomanCru, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Punisher, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

pkjorgy, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

Sonofalime, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

FINLANDski_1619, Nov 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

UncleAddie, Oct 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

famous_mortimur, Oct 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

Bunchy, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Parker9000, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

Falcone, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

bralston345, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

zimm421, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

sirtommygunnah, Sep 26, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid honey-colored pour; sticky, white head with lacing down the glass. Light, sweet aroma, slightly spicy, slightly fruity. Nicely balanced malt and hop flavor character, closely following what the aroma hints at. Smooth, medium-bodied; clean and dry finish.

A well-balanced, very drinkable beer. Malts and hops mingle well together and offer a delightful, well-rounded beer for those looking for a fuller bodied ale.

beergoot, Sep 22, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with a white cap. Aroma of stewed hops, mineral and wet dog. In the taste, toffee, herbal hops, butterscotch. Mild but persuasive bitterness adds a good character to the taste. Medium to light bodied, medium carbonation with good retention. Overall, this is a nice little esb, that actually packs more of a punch than most.

Stinkypuss, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

MinorThreat, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

mychalg9, Sep 05, 2013
ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.