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ESB Special Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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ESB Special AleESB Special Ale

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Ratings: 346
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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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish amber with a thick, dense, big, off white head that has great retention

S - bread, birthday cake, sweet, grapefruit, pineapple

T - bread, faintly sweet, light toastiness, faint caramel, pineapple, grapefruit

M - smooth, medium bodied, lightly carbonated, thins out a good deal over time

This is an interesting ESB. It has a rather bready, bold, forward malt character. It has a very citrusy hop character. It's also a bit sweet and not bitter at all. It's incredibly drinkable and incredibly refreshing. This could probably pass for an APA for most breweries. It's worth looking into.

tdm168, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -16%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice ESB, definitely Americanized with more aggressive hops a less of the subtle malt depth of the British variety. Pours deep Amber with an off-white head. Big herbal hoppiness, grassy with an earthy note. Nice thick caramel and biscuit malt backbone. Bitter edge on the finish. Another good beer from a can at an even better bar. Star Bar Denver, CO.

bump8628, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
3/5  rDev -16%

lvoutlawjlh, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -2%

JSchock7, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Molson2000, May 31, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Ispeakforthetrees, May 30, 2012
Photo of Rymish
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Rymish, May 26, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice beer from ska, pours a really nice caramel color, clear as day, with a one inch thick white head that has some moderate retention ability. looks great in a schooner at euclid hall denver. smells off, kind of vinegary or something, definitely a malty beer, but does not smell too appetizing. flavor is much much better, nice english malt profile, caramel notes and the flavors even of a brown ale, roasty and sweet a little bit. finishes clean. feel was nice, medium bodied with relaxed carbonation. an excellent session ale. overall nice brew, not a huge esb guy, but this was really enjoyable.

StonedTrippin, May 22, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Awesome white foamy head; nice lacing too. Nice clarity in an orange/redish/yellow brew. Looks great!

Heavy malt and light hop. This one could stand to be more hoppy, but it fits the style, just slightly too much caramel.

More hop on the tongue then on the nose... Nicely bitter and perfect carbonation. Biscuit-y, nutty, dry, and slightly sweet. Very sessionable, even at 5.7%. Tons of heavy caramel. Too much malt and not enough hop...

A very solid ESB, it could stand to be more hoppy, but very refreshing and enjoyable nonetheless.

chugalug06, May 22, 2012
Photo of fatboy91
3.75/5  rDev +5%

fatboy91, May 21, 2012
Photo of binx
4.25/5  rDev +19%

binx, May 15, 2012
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -2%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
Photo of scott2269
3.75/5  rDev +5%

scott2269, May 07, 2012
Photo of JKerfman
3.5/5  rDev -2%

JKerfman, May 06, 2012
Photo of ahentz
3.25/5  rDev -9%

ahentz, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of HurricaneCamille
3.75/5  rDev +5%

HurricaneCamille, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +5%

aztraz, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Brewsed, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH pint glass. Appears a clear orange with 1 cm of white head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing left behind. The aroma is heavy with earthy hops along with notes of pine and cedar. The taste is somewhat subdued with mild earthy bitterness followed by caramel malts and a bit of sweetness on the finish. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, there is a decent amount of flavor in this brew but it does not stand out as being particularly tasty.

homebrew311, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of BenSnowden
3.5/5  rDev -2%

BenSnowden, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of thydarkprevails
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can to a duvel tulip. Pours a clear caramel with an inch thick off white head. Average lacing. Aroma is biscuit, malt, and light citrus. Flavor is bitter up front and moves to a bready malty taste. There's some toffee and caramel there as well. Mouthfeel is thin and slightly sticky. Not a bad esb.

thydarkprevails, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of fishkab
3.25/5  rDev -9%

fishkab, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of blackcompg
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz can...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of lite golden eggshell head, color of the beer is a brite translucent copper orange.

Smell - Wheatbread, yeast, pears, apples, lite floral hops.

Taste - Much like the nose, litely baked wheat, semi-sweet pears, touch of crisp apples, nice lightly bitter floral hops, and some lite spices like coriander and white pepper.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, this allows a little bit of the pear sweetness and malts to be appreciated, then almost medium carb cleanses slightly and gives the white fruits some tart crispness and helps to assert the floral hops. Very drinkable.

Overall - The B in this one is definitely for balanced. There are some really nice crisp and refreshing flavors going on here. Looks nice in a glass too, a very good session beer. Get the 12pk can sampler and also enjoy their killer APA, Modus Hoperandi.

blackcompg, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -9%

crobinso, Apr 05, 2012
ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.